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 Pre-Meal Gatha and Post-Meal Gatha

Introduction:

Pure Land practitioners recite these two verses before and after meals. The Pre-Meal Gatha and Post-Meal Gatha are a respectful expression of appreciation for the delivetance of Amitabha Buddha.

Pre-Meal Gatha
By the grace of Amitabha Buddha
I am granted this wholesome meal.
I receive it with
Gratitude, respect and joy.


Post-Meal Gatha
Having finished the meal,
I wish that sentient beings
Will have faith in Amitabha Buddha, recite his name
And be reborn in the Land of Bliss.

Pre-Meal Gatha and Post-Meal Gatha


Characteristics

Characteristics

  • Recitation of Amitabha’s name, relying on his Fundamental Vow (the 18th)
  • Rebirth of ordinary beings in the Pure Land’s Realm of Rewards
  • Rebirth assured in the present lifetime
  • Non-retrogression achieved in this lifetime
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Guiding Principles

Faith in, and acceptance of, Amitabha’s deliverance
Single-minded recitation of Amitabha’s name
Aspiration to rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land
Comprehensive deliverance of all sentient beings