Japan Foundation LA
June 9th, 2015
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Delicious Devotion:
Soulful Vegetarian Cooking for the Body & Mind
Lecturer: Reverend Masami Asao  

Tuesday, June 9, 7PM

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles   

 (5700 Wilshire Blvd. # 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Street parking is available near JFLA.  Click here for Parking Info.

Admission: Free

RSVP Required: Click here to RSVP 
 *Note: Lecture only. No cooking demonstration or tasting.

Lecture will be in Japanese with English interpretation. 

"Shojin ryori" is the Japanese term for Buddhist devotional cuisine, which is usually vegetarian or vegan and is based on the Dharmic concept of non-violence. "Shojin" means devotion to the pursuit of the perfect state of mind, banishing worldly thoughts and striving for perfection at each stage. The preparation of shojin ryori is in and of itself a devotional practice.

On June 9, the Reverend Masami Asao, Dietician and Head of Akasaka Teran, a Buddhist vegetarian cooking school located within Jokokuji Temple in Tokyo, will give a lecture regarding the origin, ingredients, and philosophy of Buddhism-based cooking. What is there to be learned or gained from shojin ryori, and how has it evolved over the many centuries it has been in existence? What ingredients are used in this cuisine and how are they prepared to provide simple sustenance without skimping on flavor? She will answer these questions and more in her lecture which is sure to stimulate both mind and palette.

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