Gate of Sweet Nectar

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What is Amor Fati

Gate of Sweet Nectar

Calling out to hungry hearts
Everywhere through endless time
You who wander, you who thirst
I offer you this bodhi mind.

Calling out to hungry spirits
Everywhere through endless time
Calling out to hungry hearts
All the lost and left behind

Gather round and share this meal
Your joy and your sorrow
I make mine.

The foundation of the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony is based on Ananda’s deep connection with his mother, and his great suffering in relation to her trials in her afterlife. Ananda, according to lore, then went to the Buddha to see if there was anything he could do to help his mother. The Gate of Sweet Nectar was the Buddha’s gift to Ananda.

The ceremony is a profound plea to bring all the aspects of ourselves and of society that haven’t been served, that haven’t been taken care of to manifest right here and right now. It goes to the root of Buddhism itself, which is to save all sentient beings, understanding that we are all the Buddha and we all suffer. It is through this acknowledgment and through the ‘practice of the 3 tenets that all hungry spirits are liberated.

Video: Krishna Das with Bernie Glassman
Gates of Sweet Nectar / Hanuman Chalisa