“There are, O monks, these four lights. What four? The light of the moon, the light of the sun, the light of fire, and the light of wisdom. Of these four lights, the light of wisdom is supreme.”
~ The Buddha
Right before the meal, a small amount of each dish is put on a tray and offered up to the Buddha image. In this photo you can see in the background someone walking the tray past all of the lay people. Everyone touches the tray so they can be a part of the offering. Although we know that the Buddha cannot receive our offering, we make it out of respect and generosity for the great gift he gave us: the teaching of the Dhamma.