The Compassionate Kitchen
- Shambhala Publications12/11/2018Pages: 160Size: 5 x 7.75ISBN: 9781611806342Details
Every aspect of our daily activities can be a part of spiritual practice if done with compassion—and this compact guide offers wisdom from the Buddhist tradition on how eating mindfully can nourish the mind as well as the body.
Thubten Chodron, abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington state, shows us that eating and activities related to it—preparation of food, offering and consuming it, and cleaning up afterward—can contribute to awakening and to increased kindness and care toward others. Chodron offers traditional Buddhist teachings and specific practices used at the Abbey, along with advice for taking the principles into our own homes to make sharing food a spiritual practice for everyone. By eating consciously and mindfully—and by including certain rituals—we find ourselves less obsessive about food and can enjoy our meals more.RelatedCheck items to add to the cart orAuthor BioOrdained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey. Sravasti Abbey is the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Westerners in the US and holds gender equality, social engagement, and care for the environment amongst its core values. Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also actively involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and has coauthored a book—Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions—with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she has studied for nearly forty years.Praise
"The Compassionate Kitchen offers a very rich menu of Buddhist theory and practice concerning food and cultures surrounding food. From the appetizer items of the background philosophical principles and general perspectives on food, to the main entrées of the proper conduct and mind-set while eating, to the choicest desserts of dedication prayers and concluding rituals, it captures a complete treatment of the Buddhist concept of food in an accessible manner." —Geshe Dadul Namgyal, Senior Resident Teacher, Drepung Loseling Monastery
"This precious book reveals mealtime as meditation, and cooking and dining as sacred offerings to the noble ones. Ven. Chodron generously guides us to transform once and for all our relationship with food. A fresh and unique treasure!" —Judith Simmer-Brown, distinguished professor, Naropa University, and author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan BuddhismSelected Reader Reviews