A COMPOSITE OF KITCHEN NECESSITIES

Bringing food alive with your loving presence.

To have compassion, to have respect for fresh foods,

for broken bowls, for dirty napkins, and little bugs.

To take care of leftovers, not saying, oh that's all right,

we have plenty - we can throw that away.

Because everything is saying love me, have compassion, hold me gently.

Please hug me now and then (we're really one, not two),

but don't get attached (we're really two, not one).

The bowls and knives, the table, the teapot, the leftovers,

the molding vegetables, the juicy fruit,

EVERYTHING IS ASKING THIS OF YOU:

MAKE FULL USE, TAKE LOVING CARE OF ME.

The cups, the glasses, the sponges, the sticky honey jar, all asking to fulfill.

Just to make deepest love all the time,

concentrating not on the food, but on yourself:

making your best effort to allow things to fulfill their functions.

In this way everything is deliciously full of warmth and kindness.

I never would have done this without TASSAJARA.

I have never cooked like this away from Tassajara.

Coming from the Earth, returning to the Earth,

transformed and transforming the material spirit:

I AM CONSUMED.

If you must cook, please offer yourself a substantial piece of emptiness.

Hold back nothing, until you experience offering

"EAT ME! AND BE NOURISHED".

Homage to the Perfection of Wisdom, the Infinite, the Holy:

E V E R Y T H I N G

is leading you . . pushing you . . instructing you . . bugging you

TO SUPREME PERFECT ENLIGHTENMENT.

This means there are no mistakes.

You might do it differently next time,

but that's because you did it this way this time.

Perfect, even if you say too much this - too little that.

It's you and please be yourself.

OFFER YOURSELF.

Feels good . . . . . . . O.K.?

Cooking is not simply in the tongue, in the palate - It is in the whole body.

Flowing out of the groin and chest through arms and hands.

 

From: Tassajara Bread Book    by: Edward Sespe Brown