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Taste of Tibet to offer food, tea

October 14, 2008

Indiana Daily Student
October 9, 2008

When the Dalai Lama visited IU last fall, the campus received a taste
of Tibetan culture.

Despite his departure from town, however, the Tibetan Buddhist
influence remains in Bloomington year-round with the Dagom Gaden
Tensung Ling monastery.

In an effort to reach out to the community, the monks organize Taste
of Tibet every year. This year's Taste of Tibet is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Taste of Tibet features authentic Tibetan dining prepared in the
monastic style by the DGTL monks. A part of the community since 1996,
the DGTL monastery offers classes open to the public as well as an
annual meal prepared for Bloomington residents interested in Tibetan
culture and cuisine.

Jamyang Lama, translator and monk at the DGTL, knows the monastic
style of cooking firsthand.

"Before my training as a monk I used to go to the monastery (at home)
to get tea," Lama said. "Even though my mom is a very good cook, it
always tastes better than the tea at home."

Available at the Taste of Tibet will be their famous Tibetan tea. For
those trying it for the first time, the tea is intentionally lacking
sweetness, Lama said.

The actual meal will consist of momos, Tibetan dumplings -- both
vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

A common misconception of Buddhism is that they have stringent
dietary restrictions. Other than a few spices, Lama said Buddhists
can eat just about anything in moderation.

This allows them to make the non-vegetarian momos, which Lama
explained are "spicy and made with a lot of love."

About 120 people are expected to be served at the event and the monks
will prepare food the entire day.

The event is a casual come, eat and go affair. Guests are not
required to bring anything. The DGTL grounds provide a beautiful
landscape that is worth exploring.
Anyone interested in attending the Taste of Tibet can RSVP to either
dgtl@ganden.org or call 339-0857. There is a suggested donation of
$15 for the dinner. The event will be held at the Gaden Khachoe-Shing
monastery, part of the DGTL, 2150 E. Dolan Road.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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