Verse of 5 Contemplations (Gokan no ge)
First, we reflect on the labours that brought us this food and consider how it comes to us.
Second, as we receive this offering, we should consider whether our virtue and practice deserve it.
Third, we regard greed as an obstacle to freedom of mind.
Fourth, we regard this meal as medicine to sustain our life.
Fifth, to attain our Way, we now receive this food.
This is an chant to recite before eating a meal.
The meaning of this mealchant is to remember where it all comes from and whether we deserve it.