Vegetables for a Long Life


-By Upasaka Kuo Chin Imbiow

Cooking with grains, vegetables and fruits can be very creative. Aside from putting some rice in a bowl with a few vegetables on top and eating it (which is truly very wonderful), you can make salads, desserts, soups, pancakes, breads, cookies etc, by mixing grains and vegetables or fruits with a little imagination. All you can turn a steak into is bad karma. Not eating meat will calm you down, save you money, maybe even save your life and perhaps the world.

As you have probably realized, the world is a macrocosm of yourself and yourself a macrocosm of each cell in your body. It follows that if our body and mind are upset, not working harmoniously and peacefully, then we cannot interact with even one other person peacefully. How much the less shall there be world peace when even two people cannot get along? When we eat meat not only have we caused inconceivable pain to sentient beings, but we are ingesting all the fear that was in the animal before it was brutally slaughtered, being disemboweled many times while still alive because of the greed of the death merchants. After we eat meat we have more fear in us, and people who fear are the people who will kill first on the paranoid assumption that they are going to be harmed. To gobble hamburgers and then aggressively and angrily oppose fighting doesn't do much more than increase the oppression.

With the hope that one-day we shall all be seated together, peacefully, at that huge vegetarian banquet in The Western Paradise, I offer a few recipes and hints I've picked up along the way.

Rice Salad

Cold, cooked rice          Parsley
Cucumber                   Bean (or alfalfa) sprouts
Red and white cabbage      Green pepper
Sea salt, olive oil and lemon juice

Mix it all up, add whatever other vegetables you like (cooked cauliflower is delicious), sprinkle salt on (sea salt is natural salt, having minerals from the sea still in it, whereas table salt is missing most of these), make a dressing of olive oil and lemon.  Very refreshing in the summer—cucumbers have a cooling effect.

Kale and Barley Soup

Kale (or any other greens, if they are growing wild, even better)
Barley                     Soy sauce
Dark sesame oil           Parsley
Roasted sunflower seeds

Sauté small pieces of kale in a little sesame oil, add water, more or less depending on how thick or thin you want the soup, bring to a boil. Add some barley and simmer 1-hour. Add soy sauce at the end. Pour into bowls and top with parsley and sunflower seeds.


Broccoli-broken up        Fresh ginger
Dried mushrooms           Soy sauce
Tofu-cut into pieces      Sesame seeds-toasted

Soak mushrooms in water and a little soy sauce for about 30 minutes. Put oil in pan (a wok is better). Add a few small pieces of ginger and sauté a minute or so to flavor the oil. Add broccoli-sauté about 5 minutes. Add drained mushrooms (save the stock for soup, etc.). Sauté for about 10 minutes covered. Add pieces of tofu (soy bean curd is higher in protein than meat).  Add soy sauce-cook 5 minutes more. Take off the heat, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Great over rice or noodles.

Millet-Corn Pudding

Millet            Apple juice
Cornmeal          Cinnamon

Cook equal parts of millet and corn meal in apple juice (about 3 parts liquid to 1 part grain) with the raisins for about 20 minutes. Pour into baking dish, sprinkle cinnamon on top, bake about 30 minutes.

Solid Gold Summer Sessions!

During the summer of 1972 the Sino-American Buddhist Association, Gold Mountain Dhyana Monastery, and Vajra Bodhi Sea Publications will jointly sponsor three separate Sutra-Study and Meditation Sessions, each five weeks long. During these sessions daily explanations of major Buddhist texts will be made. Complementing the Sutra study will be approximately five hours of meditation every day in addition to the chanting of Sutra and mantras. The dates for the three sessions follow;

First Session: June 7th—July 13th, 1972
            Second Session: July 14th—August 18th, 1972
            Third Session: August 19th—September 22nd, 1972

The closing date for registration for the second session is July 7th, 1972.

There is no better way to introduce yourself to Buddhism and the path of cultivation than by attending one of these sessions. Following the instructions of Sakyamuni Buddha, the combination of Sutra study, meditation, and recitation will bring about a deep understanding of both the principles and the practice of the Buddhadharma. You may attend one, two, or all three of these sessions.

For further information call or write the Sino-American Buddhist Association, Gold Mountain Dhyana Monastery, 1731 15th Street, San Francisco, 94103. Telephone: (415) 621-5202

Calligraphy in this issue: English and Sanskrit, Bhiksu Heng Shoou;
Upasaka Li Kuo Wei.
Cover calligraphy by Upasaka Lee Kuo Ch'ien.


June  7  Precept Platform opens Medicine King Bodhisattva's Birthday
June 23  Ch'ieh Lan Bodhisattva's Birthday
July 13  Sramanera Precepts Transmitted Vajrapani Bodhisattva's Birthday
July 29  Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva's Accomplishment of the Way
August 18 Bhiksu Precepts Transmitted
August 21 Great Strength Bodhisattva's Birthday
August 23 Ullambana Festival