Vegetarian Hall

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Vegetarian Hall (originally called as Fragrant Kitchen) is located to the east of Mahavira Hall. According to historical records, Fragrant Kitchen was built in period of Zhenyuan of Tang Dynasty and was renovated many times in the following dynasties. It was destroyed in the 1928 war and was rebuilt in 1995 on the original site. Dining Hall is five jians (jian, space between two columns) wide and three jians deep and is now the Dining Hall for monks in temple.

 

 

Guo Tang 

Guo Tang

Guo Tang is a term used to describe the custom of monks eating meals in the Vegetarian Hall. Traditionally the abbot sit in the middle of room and other monks sit on each side. The wooden fish hung in the corridor is first beaten as a signal of eating. In Buddhism, the fish which never sleeps, symbolizes wakefulness. Therefore it is used to remind the chanting monks to concentrate on their sutra. Do not make any noise while eating; ask for more by signaling with the empty bowl on table’s edge. Put the dish, bowl and chopsticks neatly on the table after meals.

 

 

The Five Contemplations While Eating

 

Vegetarian Hall is also named Hall of Five Contemplations, for the ritual that Buddhists should cultivate and maintain a mindful diet by observing the Five Contemplations While Eating:
 
We reflect on the effort that
                   brought us this food and consider how it comes to us;
We reflect on our virtue and
                   practice, and whether we are worthy of this offering;
We regard greed as the obstacle to
                   freedom of mind;
We regard this meal as medicine to sustain our life;
For the sake of enlightenment we now receive this food.