Shojin Ryori Lecture at The Nippon Club



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Delicious Devotion: Soulful Vegetarian Cooking for the Body & Mind

Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The Nippon Club – 145 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Admission: $15 at the door (cash or check only)

The Japan Foundation, New York and The Nippon Club present a public lecture “Delicious Devotion: Soulful Vegetarian Cooking for the Body & Mind” by Reverend Masami Asao.

“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.

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. The lecture will be followed by a tasting.

To RSVP please visit Japan Foundation’s website.