Seoul, South Korea, October 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “Temple food helps me find inner peace and tranquility,” said people who visited Balwoo Gongyang, a pop-up restaurant in the middle of Manhattan, New York City, and tasted Temple food. What is the Temple food philosophy that has soothed New Yorkers?
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Temple food is a meal eaten by monks and nuns in temples. However, that doesn’t just mean food. Yet it means appreciating the sincerity of all those who worked hard until the meal was prepared, viewing the entire process, from growing the ingredients to preparing the food, as practicing the teachings of Buddha. and self-cultivation.
Additionally, temple food is currently being recognized as a new food alternative at a time when the climate crisis is intimidating the future of humanity. Temple food is full of wisdom for sustainable living as it includes ingredients harvested through environmentally friendly cultivation, a low-carbon diet that uses no meat, a recipe that uses all ingredients and a meal serving mode, called “Barugongyang,” which drinks the water after pouring it into a bowl (“Baru”) and wiping it away.
For these reasons, the world takes a keen interest in the food of the Temple. It is touted as a “taste of Korea” around the world. Additionally, the chief Buddhist nun Jeong Kwanwho captured the world’s attention with the Netflix series “Chef’s Table”, held a workshop on barugongyang and introduced temple food at the fifth “Meeting with Korean Traditional Buddhist Culture” held in New York City in August 2022. She showcased Buddhist values for nature and the environment at the event, drawing favorable reviews from New Yorkers.
Temple food is also popular among those who dream of becoming chefs. In May this year, the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism signed an agreement with Le Cordon Bleu and the Korean Cultural Center of France for Korean temple food education, followed by a special lecture and temple food tasting.
Le Cordon Bleu London has included Korean Temple Food as a regular part of the Plant-Based Culinary Arts Diploma in 2021. The special Temple Food courses have been offered at many schools, including Nantes Cooking School Bougainville in France and UC Berkeley in the United States. . The number of people who want to learn temple food is also increasing.
If you are planning to visit Korea, you can easily experience and taste temple food at Seoul. You can just visit the Korean temple food center at Insa-dong, one of the tourist attractions, and take the one-day “Let’s Learn Korean Temple Food” course in English every Saturday morning.
If it is not easy to find time, it is also good to visit Balwoo Gongyang, the restaurant where you can enjoy the Temple cooking class meal. This restaurant has won 1 Michelin star for three consecutive years and uses seasonal ingredients. If you want to fill your empty body and mind with heartfelt food in autumn, how about visiting Korea?
SOURCE Korean Buddhism Cultural Body