At our July Family day we did a little baking and read a nice story (called A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O’Brien and is well worth reading!). Our time together at the family day reminded me of the following article written by Rev. Master Koten and is reprinted here from the Lion’s Gate Buddhist Priory Newsletter with his permission.
The Most Important Ingredient
– Rev. Master Koten Benson, Lion’s Gate Buddhist Priory
Some monks once asked the Buddha why the food offered by a particular lay person was so delicious and the Buddha replied that the food contained “the most important ingredient” which was love.
In the life of a community, a family, an individual, the active cultivation of this ingredient is paramount. Deeds of secret kindness – that which no one is ever going to know about, making offerings without strings and letting go of small irritations are all ways of doing this. Continue reading →