Every aspect of our daily activities can be a part of spiritual practice if done with compassion.
Ven. Thubten Chodron shares Buddhist teachings on how eating and activities related to it—preparing food, offering and consuming it, and cleaning up—can wake us up and increase our kindness and care toward others.
This public talk is also a release of Ven. Chodron’s new book of the same title, The Compassionate Kitchen. In it, Ven. Chodron offers traditional Buddhist teachings and specific practices used at the Abbey, along with advice for taking the principles into our own home in order to make the sharing of food a spiritual intention for anyone. By eating consciously and mindfully—and by including certain rituals—we find ourselves less obsessive about food and can enjoy our meals more.
Judith Simmer-Brown, author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism, comments, “This precious book reveals mealtime as meditation, and cooking and dining as sacred offerings to the noble ones.”