Yoga of Eating Food According to Mahayana Sutra
There are three main activities:
Multiplies the oﬀerings so they become numberless.
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE VAJRA SARA PRAMARDANE TATHAGATAYA / ARHATE SAMYAKSAM BUDDHAYA / TADYATHA / OM VAJRE VAJRE / MAHA VAJRE / MAHA TEJA VAJRE / MAHA VIDYA VAJRE / MAHA BODHICHITTA VAJRE / MAHA BODHI MÄNDO PASAM KRAMANA VAJRE / SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHO DHANA VAJRE SVAHA
Blesses the oﬀerings, thus enabling the buddhas to actually receive them
KÖN CHHOG SUM GYI DEN PA DANG
SANG GYÄ DANG JANG CHHUB SEM PA THAM CHÄ KYI JIN GYI LAB DANG
TSHOG NYI YONG SU DZOG PÄI NGA THANG CHHEN PO DANG
CHHÖ KYI YING NAM PAR DAG CHING SAM GYI MI KHYAB PÄI TOB KYI
CHHOG CHU NA ZHUG PÄI SANG GYÄ DANG JANG CHHUB SEM PA THAM CHÄ DANG PHAG PA JAM PÄL DANG KUN TU ZANG PO LA SOG PÄI NAM PAR CHHÖ PÄI TRIN GYI PHUNG PO SAM GYI MI KHYAB PA ZÄ MI SHE PA NAM KHA GANG WAR GYUR
May these piles of clouds of oﬀerings arising through transformation by the bodhisattvas Arya Samantabhadra, Manjushri, and so forth – unimaginable and inexhaustible, equaling the sky – arise and, in the eyes of the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions, be received.
Think that numberless buddhas receive numberless oﬀerings and generate great bliss. Then, with hands in the mudra of prostration, do the following oﬀ ering practice with three steps for each group of oﬀerings: visualize prostrating, making oﬀerings, and generate great bliss in the guru’s holy mind.
23 I prostrate and make oﬀerings to all the statues, stupas, scriptures, and thangkas throughout all worlds. All these are in essence my root guru – they are empty from their own side. I prostrate, make oﬀerings, and the guru’s holy mind experiences great bliss.
TÖN PA LA ME SANG GYÄ RIN PO CHHE
KYOB PA LA ME DAM CHHÖ RIN PO CHHE
DREN PA LA ME GE DÜN RIN PO CHHE
KYAB NÄ KÖN CHHOG SUM LA CHHÖ PA BÜL
To the Triple Gem, the objects of refuge, I make oﬀering
Making Charity to Sentient Beings Make charity of the food to the numberless hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals, humans, suras and asuras and to the intermediate state beings. Think that they are fully sati sﬁ ed and generate the complete path to enlightenment in their mind. Every one of them becomes
enlightened in the aspect of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. For the sentient beings in one’s own body Dedicate every spoonful of food and mouthful of drink to all senti ent beings, including the 21,000 beings living in your body.9 In this way, you make a connection with all senti ent beings and when they become
human in future lives, you can reveal the Dharma to them and lead them to enlightenment. This way, eating is done with a bodhichitt a motivati on, thereby becoming a cause for achieving enlightenment.
I, the action of oﬀering, making charity, performing the yoga of eating; as well as Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and senti ent beings – all those for whom I am doing all these practices; all these are merely labeled by mind. They exist in mere name, merely labeled by mind. I does not exist from its own side; it is
empty. All these actions do not exist from their own side; they are empty. All the members of the merit ﬁ eld, they exist but they do not exist from their own side; they are empty. Senti ent beings exist but they don’t exist from their own side; they are empty.
This way, the very important foundations of Buddha dharma – bodhichitta, which is based on renunciation, and right view – method and wisdom, are done. Then use any of the dedication prayers that begin on p.31.