Traditional American Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner–Oryoki Style

Not what you’d find in most Zen monasteries, but the Holy Vajrasana Temple served a more-or-less traditional vegetarian version of a Thanksgiving feast as an Oryoki  dinner during its recent month-long retreat–real mashed potatoes and onion gravy, pecan loaf and cornbread muffins, roasted Brussels sprouts, and–of course–cranberry relish. In the spirit of gratitude for all our many blessings and the gifts of so many, we reflect on the innumerable labors that brought us this food and whether our virtue and practice are worthy of these efforts.




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