Buddhism and Meat Eating

“The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion”
– Mahaparinirvana (Mahayana Version)

begging bowl:

I saw a travel documentary snippet recently on Thailand, noting the saffron-robed monks begging for food, then ‘chowing down’ on a meat-and-rice lunch.

It reminded me of some correspondence on the subject of Meat Eating & Buddhism. Check it out.

Stay High Forever: Forty-four Years On

mantra rock dance:

From today’s Wikipedia Main Page Entry:

The Mantra-Rock Dance musical event took place on January 29, 1967, at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco and came to be dubbed as the “ultimate high” and the “major spiritual event” of the hippie era.

It was organized by the early followers of the Hare Krishna movement as a promotional and fundraising effort for their first temple on the West Coast. One of them, Harvey W. Cohen, created the Stanley Mouse-inspired promotional poster (pictured).

The Mantra-Rock Dance featured the Hare Krishna founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the countercultural ideologues Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary, and leading rock groups the Grateful Dead, Moby Grape, and Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

The event caused the Hare Krishna Mantra to be adopted by all levels of the counterculture as a “loose commonality” and a viable alternative to drugs.”

Curry Puffs

Some vision from last weekend’s cook-up for a family get-together:

curry puff grid:

The filling* was already made. All I had to do was thaw out the puff pastry, cut each sheet into nine, and place a spoon-full of filling on each square.

curry puff fold:

Each square of pastry is folded into a triangle and sealed.

special fluted edges:

The special fluted edges make them look nice.

curry puffs in waiting:

The raw curry puffs wait nervously on the brink of a hot wok of oil.

curry puff time:

Not the most photogenic batch of curry puffs, but I forgot to take a photo of fresh ones. These were the last remaining puffs from 90 good-looking specimens after the smoke had cleared at the end of a hectic day of family stuff.

I suppose you’d like the *recipe. Ok, here it is

Alta Cucina Vegetariana

While we’re on the subject of translations of my books, here’s an ‘olde blogge’:

Alta Cucina Vegetariana:

Natalie Degiorgio from Preston, Victoria asks: “Hi Kurma, wondering if any of your books have been translated into Italian?”

My reply: “Yes Natalie. My first cookbook, ‘Great Vegetarian Dishes’, was translated and published in Italy in 1996, and entitled ‘Alta Cucina Vegetariana Da Tutto Il Mondo.

Inycsiklando Vegetáriánus Etelek

Peter Nagy from Melbourne, Australia writes:

“Hello Kurma, I heard there was a Hungarian edition of your book. Is that true?”

My answer: Yes! You may be interested to know that my original cookbook, ‘Great Vegetarian Dishes’, first published in 1990, is enjoying it’s 7th print run and almost three-quarters of a millionth copy. It has been translated into a few languages, including Italian and Farsi.

Here’s the latest addition. The definitive Hungarian edition, “Inycsiklando Vegetáriánus ételek.”

Great Vegetarian dishes, Hungarian Edition: