Peace through food?

Why, yes, indeed.

The PeaceMeal Project explores the intersections & connections between sustainability, eating mindfully, how food is grown & distributed, creating a more peaceful planet.  Visit PeaceMeal Project for info re their online course Cultivating Peace Through Food. It started last week, & I am a week behind, but no doubt they will convene it again. For it’s a fascinating idea, don’t you think……. world peace through our relationship with food?

Growing food, eating, & other food issues cross all boundaries & barriers — age, ethnicity, belief systems, place. Eating is something that all of us do, & must continue to do. Food & eating is one of the few things that literally affects every living being. (The other is death, which makes for a very nice counterpoint, I think:)

I shall be posting about what I learn & experience as I go through this course. Lesson 1, among other things, included The Five Contemplations, which I’ve posted about before. But they bear repeating: Being grateful for our food, considering how it came to be in our meal, why we eat it, are issues that speak right to how we choose to live & to be.

One version of The Five Contemplations:

First, seventy-two labors brought us this food;

We should know how it comes to us.

Second, as we receive this offering,

We should consider whether our virtue and practice deserve it.

Third, as we desire the natural order of mind to be free from clinging,

We must be free from greed.

Fourth, to support our life we take this food.

Fifth, to attain our way we take this food.

First, seventy-two labors brought us this food;

We should know how it comes to us.

Second, as we receive this offering,

We should consider whether our virtue and practice deserve it.

Third, as we desire the natural order of mind to be free from clinging,

We must be free from greed.

Fourth, to support our life we take this food.

Fifth, to attain our way we take this food.

First, this food is for the Three Treasures.

Second it is for our teachers, parents, nation, and all sentient beings.

Third, it is for all beings of the six worlds.

Thus, we eat this food with everyone.

We eat to stop all evil, to practice good, to free all sentient beings, and to

accomplish our Buddha Way.

Here are a couple of links to pursue, if issues relating to food & peace are of interest to you:

www.peacemealproject.com A WordPress blog

www.slowfood.com A non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life

www.nationalpeaceacademy.us A home for peace professional & community organizers looking to hone their practice.

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