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Oryoki and the Oryoki Chant

Oryoki and the Oryoki Chant

Author(s) : Duff, Tony
Publishers Price : £16.00
Wisdom Price : £9.60(save 40%)
Availability : Currently in stock
ISBN : 9937903106
EAN : 9789937903103
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 142
Size : 216 x 140mm
Publisher : Padma Karpo Translations
Published : 2009
Category : Japanese Buddhism: General
Category 2 : Tibetan Buddhism: Kagyu
Oryoki is the Japanese way of turning meals into meditation practice. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche introduced it into his Shambhala community of Western Buddhists in 1980. He adapted it slightly, putting the Tibetan monastic meal liturgy wiith it.

This book starts with a history of Oryoki and continues with a complete explanation of the Tibetan monastic meal liturgy and its use. Although the book was written for the Shambhala community and their practice of Oryoki, the book could be used by any Buddhist wanting to make meals into meditation practice. The liturgy starts with the Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels which is used in one form or another in all schools of Buddhism. The sutra is used for developing faith and strength of refuge in the Three Jewels. The author (who was a member of Trungpa's Nalanda Translation Committee) has translated the sutra and written an extensive commentary on it. He was also one of the main figures in the development of Oryoki in the early 1980's, hearing extensive teachings on it from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

"Food and everything involved with it is a major part of human life, one that cannot be avoided. Because of this, Buddhists in general have looked for ways to bring meal times into practice and have developed highly formalized ways of taking meals. These formal, monastic ways of taking food have a great advantage. They provide a chance to bring eating, which otherwise slips into a mindless affair, into practice…The physical form of eating started with the begging bowl, which was established by the Buddha as one of the three requisites which a monk or nun received at ordination. The bowl had to be carried in a particular way…In this are seen the roots of the sacredness of an Oryoki set..." Tony Duff.
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