Diamond Sutra – The Buddha eats

Diamond Sutra – The Buddha eats – 金刚经 – 佛陀吃饭

How do you approach food?  Do you love it, or do you hate it?  Some people like food so much that they develop strong attachment in eating, while others dislike food so much that they develop an aversion to eating.  The Buddha himself suggested the middle way:  After going through both extremes, as a prince and as an ascetic, He concluded that neither is the ultimate way, and resumed regular food intake after 6 years of ascetic practices.

In the beginning of this sutra, we can see the Buddha himself demonstrating the middle way as a normal human in the world: He works (sharing blessings in exchange for food), eats, cleans (washing feet), and rests (sit).  Here we see the same normalness as described by Laozi in Daodejing Chapter 70 – “saints can look like a normal person living a normal life, while living with wisdom and everlasting peace.”

Borrowing  and applying the famous Chinese cook Martin Yan’s famous phrase:  If the Buddha can eat, so can we!

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Thus I have heard. Once upon a time, the Buddha sojourned in the Jetavana park near Sravasti with an assembly of twelve hundred and fifty bhiksus. One day, at mealtime, the World Honored One put on His robe, took His bowl, and entered the great town of Sravasti to beg for His food. He had begged from door to door, He returned to His place. When He had taken His meal, He put away His robe and bowl, washed His feet, arranged His seat and sat down.你怎么看待食物? 你爱它,还是恨它?有些人非常喜欢食物,以至于无美食不欢; 另外一些人不喜欢食物,以至厌恶进食。佛陀在经历两个极端后(出生为一个王子,后来六年苦行修行),提议不落极端的中道。


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2 responses to “Diamond Sutra – The Buddha eats – 金刚经 – 佛陀吃饭”

  1. 妮姬 Avatar

    In Lao Zi’s Qing Jing Jing it is written… 夫人神好清, 而心扰.

    Do you think that both the Diamond Sutra and the Qing Jing Jing are telling us that we can live enlightened lives.. living in the world… only that we must train ourselves to not be distracted by the worldliness that so readily surrounds us.

    1. Yes, Laozi and Buddha both taught us by example that life can be enlightened without the attachment to the self, which likes to entangled itself with the internal and external world for the sake of its own existence.

      What then, is the outcome of following the footpath of these two great masters? Everlasting love and peace in all.

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