Thursday, 13 December 2018

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As a spiritual family and a human family, we can all help avert climate change with the practice of mindful eating.
Going vegetarian may be the most effective way to stop climate change.
Being vegetarian is already enough to save the world. 

- from Thich Nhat Hanh’s 2007 “Blue Cliff Letter”


Dear Spiritual Family,

Thay has just announced a new version of the Five Contemplations before Eating, after receiving a letter from scientists recommending replacing “global warming” with the more appropriate term “climate change.”

This change is a chance for us all to reflect deeply on what we buy and what we eat. What we buy and eat can contribute to climate change, or it can help stop it. Eating is a chance to nourish our own body with the wonders of the cosmos, knowing that we are not destroying the earth by doing so.

In Plum Village communities around the world, we practice not only to be mindful of the food, but also of our spiritual friends sitting with us. Sharing a meal together is not just to sustain our bodies and celebrate life’s wonders, but also to experience freedom, joy, and the happiness of brotherhood and sisterhood, during the whole time of eating.

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