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Korean Templestay & Temple Food Cultural Week - Cooking Demonstration

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Astor Center

399 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10003

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Flavors and Stories of 1,700 Years’ Tradition,
Korean Temple Culture, It Is More Than What You Imagine

We invite you to join us in experiencing Korean templestay and tasting Korean temple food right here in New York City! A wide range of events, from exhibitions, mini workshops, lectures, cooking demonstrations, to tastings, will provide memorable experiences and learning opportunities about Korean templestay and temple food to anyone who is interested.

Special Lecture, Cooking Demonstration & Luncheon

Through the Korean templestay program, participants have a chance to experience the meditational tradition of Korean Buddhism that has been passed down for over 1,700 years and to reflect on their own lives in the midst of beautiful nature. With the practice of Korean temple food, participants will learn to eat the necessary amount of food in whole and to keep mindful of the body and mind, which goes beyond the act of eating.

Beop Song, Buddhist nun chef

To get an authentic experience the event will be overseen by Beop Song, Buddhist Nun Chef, is traveling here from Yeongseonsa Temple of Daejeon City, South Korea. She has refined her practice of temple cooking with the guidance of master monks and nuns who have a deep foundational knowledge of the cuisine. Over the years, she has been actively sharing her expertise in Korean temple cooking both in practice and in paper so that people, whether Buddhist or not, can easily approach temple food and participate in its mindful cooking and eating.

Woodblock Printing

Experience woodblock printing from the ancient times! Buddhist scripture books used to be assembled by carving the letters on woodblocks, pressing the woodblooks on paper, and binding the papers together. Try woodblock printing with a passage from the Heart Sutra, the most widely read Buddhist scripture in Korea, and the image of bicheon, a flying fairy that delivers the sound of Buddha. The flying fairy is often engraved on Buddhist temple bells in Korea.

Tea with Monk

A cup of tea with a word of comfort

One of the special moments during a templestay in Korea is conversation with a monk while you share a cup of tea together. This is an opportunity not only to bring up your questions about Buddhism but also to discuss your concerns and worries that arise in life in general.

Visit www.koreantemplefood.com for more information

Venue: The Gallery & The Study @ Astor Center

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