12.7 SAN CLEMENTE
Closing Ceremony • Buddhist March, Fast and Vigil to Decommission San Onofre
via Gene Stone
Via Gary Headrick: "(Tuesday) was a mid-fast break to cleanse our mind, body and soul. Although I had permission to tape the ceremony, I didn't want to do any more than just capture the setting for you. After not eating anything for three days you would expect a feeding frenzy, but it was nothing like that at all.
"Of course, anything would have tasted good at that point, but the food selection and preparation and prayers and ceremony added so much more than I expected. A small makeshift alter was arranged to bless our food. We began by drinking a bowl full of cold water. That was followed by 3 bowls of hot water that had a few pickled plums soaking in them. Then we had cabbage leaves and other vegetables with miso paste lightly spread on them. Next came the fruits with bananas, apples, and persimmons. We finished it all off with some black tea and honey and some plain vanilla cookies. Everything seemed like perfection. It is making me incredibly hungry just describing it to you. I look forward to having a similar experience again when my fasting ends tomorrow."
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