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eileen



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: How to Cook Your Life Reply with quote

Documentary with Edward Espe Brown. Zen Buddhism comparing religious principles to cooking. Anyone else seen?
To my European neighbours, I have one dvd with German subtitles, if you'd like, I'll send it along.
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Raven



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in 1973, Edward Espe Brown brought out Tassajara Cooking, based on his experience cooking at a Zen center in California. The book was succeeded by a couple of others, and they are all still in print. I used to enjoy making his recipe for Tibetan Barley Bread. He specified that the ingredients be mixed to "earlobe consistency" -- a charming directive, specific and easy to follow. The result was delicious.
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw it last year and left this comment at the time Eileen. Scroll down to July 24th
http://chocolateandzucchini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1294&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=360[url][/url]
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Knifethrower



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its played in Portland at an independent-only theater, but we have yet to mosey on down there. Might Netflix it- it looked like a good time.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm-- a small coincidence--right before I saw this thread about Tassajara yesterday I was looking through my "Three Bowl Cookbook", by Tom Pappas. He too cooked for Buddhists, at the Yokoji Zen Mountain Center in the the San Jacinto Mountains. (California also.) A vegetarian theme here (squash, parsnips!) made me pick it off the shelf. Almost everything looks good, but (where did I hear this?) I thought that practicing Buddhists do NOT eat onion or garlic, ALL flavor kept to a minimum, actually.
Of course the Gorgonzola and sherry and feta in the recipes could be for the paying guests only!
Barbara, I seem to remember reading..this is vague..that you have a relation or friend who is an expert in Zen practice? I wonder what the Buddhists monks in Japan, Korea, etc. actually eat.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:16 am    Post subject: No garlic or onions? Naaaah... not possible Reply with quote

Well, maybe at a zendo retreat. But most Buddhists are Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese--just regular people. They eat a pretty wide variety of flavors.
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gingerpale



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DebbieN..I was mostly curious about the monks, not the lay people--a google of the subject

http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=buddhists%20eat%20onion%20and%20garlic%3F&FORM=AB&mkt=en-us

leads me to believe that many people do have that dietary restriction--I certainly would be lost without garlic onions spring chives etc. !
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gingerpale you are right, my cousin is married to a practising Buddhist who has written meditation books.
(You can read about his books here. http://www.davidmichie.com/ )

He is a vegetarian but does eat fish. I have attended a buddhist class with him where food was discussed. Members are asked to commit to what they are comfortable with. So some buddhists do it eat meat.
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Erin



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I attended a Thai temple back home I remember a lot of dried fish and fruit was brought for the monks to eat through out the week. I loved going there, I learned so much.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Barbara, I knew there was a connection between you and Nirvana Very Happy

The book(s) look interesting--what better question than "What does it take to be happy?"
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerpale,

Jen aka Knifethrower also has a Nirvana connection... must be that loaf she's smooching!

For me, Heaven is my bed (I was a cat in a past life Wink) either that or the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, Sussex. Or... Nottingham's Bridlesmith Gate which has a huge bookshop at one end and at least four shoe shops along it. Also, Hotel Chocolat is five minutes away and the Castle about ten minutes away on foot.
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