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Temple cuisine Expert Seon Jae Sunim's Buddhist Lecture


   
 
  Temple Cuisine Expert Seon Jae Sunim's Buddhist Lecture  
 

Temple cuisine expert Seon Jae sunim's Buddhist lecture was held at Jeonggakwon on September 12th Seon Jae sunim was born in 1956 and became a buddhist monk on August eighth 1980. She is well known for her famous book "Seon Jae sunim's temple cuisine with stories." In this book she introduces a lot of temple cuisine and tells the stories behind their history. The subject of her talk was vegetarianism for the younger generation.

This Buddhist lecture was supported by Jeonggakwon and Buddhist women's development institute. This lecture had four main objectives. The first was to make the younger generation more aware about the effect food has on the body and mind, and the importance of eating vegetables and avoiding eating too much meat. The second was to teach them about how temple cuisine and philosophy can make a sound mind and sound body through theory and eating habits. By making food themselves young people could change their perception of vegetarianism and have more interests about it . Third, the lecture talked about how vegetarianism is good for   individual and society, as part of practicing a buddhist life style of respect and other principles of a buddhist mindset. Fourth, feeding animals like cows and pigs increases the effects of global warming on the environment. A better understanding of how eating meat is harmful for the environment could lead students to avoid eating too much meat  and encourage them to eat vegetable more. In modern society people rarely eat natural food and eat too much meat products, putting their health at risk. Her lecture shows us about importance eating vegetable and good points of eating temple cuisine.

Kim Du-hyeon  kimduhyeon51@dongguk.edu

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