kitchen door

Posted in life, macrobiotics, philosophy, quotations by jill on September 20, 2010


“Pay full attention to your work in preparing the meal; attend to every aspect yourself so that it may turn out well. When washing the rice, remove any sand you find. Keep a sharp eye on everything, so as not to waste even a single grain. When you prepare your food, never view the ingredients from some commonly held perspective, nor think about them only with your emotions. Maintain an attitude that tries to build great temples from ordinary greens. Handle even a single leaf in such a way that it manifests the body of Buddha. This is a power which you cannot grasp with your rational mind. It operate freely according to the situation, in the most natural way. Of old it was said, ‘When steaming rice, treat the pot as one’s own head; when rinsing the rice, know that the water is one’s own lifeblood.'”

Dogen Zenji, 12th century