Pre-meal ChantWhere has this food come from?
My virtues are so few that I am hardly worthy to receive it.
I will take it as medicine to get rid of greed in my mind and to maintain my physical being in order to achieve enlightenment.
Normally Barugongyang spirit is spoken into 5 ways.
Regardless of one’s rank or status, all members of the community equally share and eat the same diet.
Keeping one’s own baru bowls clean and only serving how much one can eat at once describes the definition of clean barugongyang. Monks gracefully go through the steps of baru-meal at the sound of bamboo clapper, like refreshing breeze blowing from the virgin forest in the mountain.
Once the food is served, even a tiny speck of seasoning cannot be left behind.
Individual should drink a small amount of water used to wash the inside of the bowl at the end of the meal.
Afterwards, used baru bowls are once again rinsed clean in a bowl of water called cheonsumul, named after the Bodhisattva of Thousand Hands and her dharani, because the water is so clean that it mirros the ceiling where the dharani is painted over.
A sense of community is once again confirmed by enjoying the meals that were made in the same pot at the same time.
A Great Council meeting often follows barugongyang to discuss both big and small affairs around the temple in a democratic setting.
A vow to accumulate merits is made when monks take a moment to express their
deep gratitude for the people whose hard work produced their meal.
Monks also vow to continue their commitment and dedication to save all beings.
Instructions for barugongyang