Do not eat before the members of the Sangha have begun eating.
At 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"