Korean Temple Food
With Gratitude for Life and Prayers for Peace


Barugongyang

Instructions for
barugongyang



1. After the bamboo clapper is struck
three times, join the palms in front
of the chest and bow; then unwrap
the baru bowls.

2. Arrange the four bowls on the
baru mat

3. When the bamboo clapper is struck once,
the assigned monks will pass the food in the
following order: water, rice, soup, and assorted
side dishes of vegetables and greens. Rinse all
the baru bowls in the order of size with water
that was initially served. Save it in cheonsu
bowl for later use.








4. When the bamboo clapper is struck once again,
hold and raise the rice bowl high in the air
with two hands and chant the
“Meal Offering Verse."

5. As a symbolic gesture of sharing food with all
hungry beings, each monk sets aside a small
portion of rice, which is gathered in a
communal bowl.

6. When the bamboo clapper is struck three times,
eating finally begins. Practice harmonious
eating by keeping pace with others and remain
silent. Leave a piece of kimchi to wipe any
leftover food in the bowl at the end.

7. When the bamboo clapper is struck two times,
pass the drinking water around.

8. When the bamboo clapper is struck once,
pour a sip of water and hold the last piece of
kimchi against the baru bowl and spin the
bowl slowly to wipe away any leftover food
inside. When wiping is done, eat the piece of
kimchi and drink the remaining water from
the cleaned bowl.

9. When the bamboo clapper is struck once,
use the water saved earlier in the water bowl
to rinse the bowls again. When an assigned
monk comes to collect waste water, pour it
into the communal bucket carefully so as to
retain any particles of leftover food at the
bottom of the bowl. One should drink the
residual water and food particles.








10. When the bamboo clapper is struck once,
chant the “Verse for Ending the Meals”.
After drying the bowls, spoon and
chopsticks with barutowel, neatly wrap
the bowls as before.


11. When the bamboo clapper is struck once,
conclude barugongyang.


12. When the bamboo clapper is struck once,
rise and stack the baru bowls on the self.
Then, form two lines and half bow to
each other at another three counts of
bamboo clapper.

When your knees are frozen like ice, do not think about resting in warmth
When your stomach is pierced by pain of hunger, do not think of eating

Balsim suhaeng jang (An Essay on Arising the Aspiration for Enlishtenment),
by Wonhyo (617-686, Buddhist Master from the Silla period)