Offering The First Portion Of Every Meal

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Offering The First Portion Of Every Meal

Postby ToddR » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:53 pm

Hello, been a lurker here for a while but this is my first posting.

I've been wondering how others perform the offerings of the first portion of every meal to the three jewels. Is there a specific procedure that most follow? Also, when eating out, would you bring back the first portion and place it on the shrine?

Any help or comments would be appreciated.

Thanks
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Re: Offering The First Portion Of Every Meal

Postby Malcolm » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:20 pm

ToddR wrote:Hello, been a lurker here for a while but this is my first posting.

I've been wondering how others perform the offerings of the first portion of every meal to the three jewels. Is there a specific procedure that most follow? Also, when eating out, would you bring back the first portion and place it on the shrine?

Any help or comments would be appreciated.

Thanks


You just offer the food before you yourself eat it -- this is called "offering the first portion".
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Re: Offering The First Portion Of Every Meal

Postby pemachophel » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:58 pm

Besides mentally offering the food before you eat it, it also helps to physically offer a small portion of the food. For this purpose, you can keep a small bowl or plate that has never been used for anything else. If you're really gung-ho, you can get a ser-kyem offering set and use that, with liquids going in the top bowl and solids going in the bottom bowl. After the meal, the food can be taken outside and left for animals to eat or, if that's not possible, it can be thrown away. Similarly, at a restaurant, you can put a small portion of each dish on a butter dish. In that case, the food just gets left there when you finish. No need to carry it away with you. Bottom line, keep it simple and workable. If it's not possible to make a physical offering, then, as Malcolm suggests, just do it mentally. As I'm sure Malcolm will agree, the mental offering is the more important of the two. Without the mental offering, the physical offering is not very meaningful. However, combining both is really good if you can manage it. :namaste:
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