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.
Calling out to hungry hearts. Everywhere through endless time.
You who wander, you who thirst, I offer you this bodhi mind.
Calling all you hungry spirits. Everywhere through endless time.
Calling all you hungry hearts. All the lost and left behind.
Gather round and share this meal. Your joy and sorrow, I make it mine.
Video: Krishna Das with Bernie Glassman
Gates of Sweet Nectar / Hanuman Chalisa