--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Susan" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> In our lineage, we begin with, "This meal is the labour of countless 
> beings, let us remember their toil". Kind of like the four vows we 
> chant in our lineage, "All beings, without number, I vow to 
> I guess we just don't want to leave anybody out.
> Susan

When I first recited the "72 labors" gatha off the little peice of 
paper they handed me at Zen Mountain Monastery, I thought "now this is 
the right way of thinking."  Not that I have anything against people 
thanking "God", but those 72+ people (and their parents!) really 
worked their asses off to provide this food for us.  I always thought 
it was such a beautiful and appropriate tribute.

Still just curious where they got 72...

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