Do not eat before the members of the Sangha have begun eating.
mealtime, we should all take our meals together. No one should eat
before the others. How can you have the gall to sit there and eat
before the members of the Sangha have begun eating? You're basically
usurping the host's position. You ought to know better than to begin
eating before you're supposed to. How can you sneak off and eat on the
sly? People may not casually do as they please here. Everyone must
follow the rules. If you don't follow the rules, then you're not
welcome here no matter how rich you may be.
Excerpt from a talk given by
the Venerable Master on November 4, 1979
"In Memory of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua"