to date focuses on cooking as a form of communication.Jeong Kwan is a 60-year-old Zen Buddhist nun who prepares vegan meals for her community (and the occasional visitor) at Baekyangsa Temple, which is located 169 miles south of Seoul.Even today, I thank her for her mercifulness and her compassion for allowing my pursuit of the freedom.“ • Kwan occasionally leaves the temple to teach at a nearby university. Soy beans, salt and water, in harmony, through time. There are sauces aged five years, ten years, aged for one hundred years. By looking into myself, I see my grandmother, my mother, the elders in the temple, and me. What is important is that I’m doing it in the present. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind. And I prayed for them to be happy in the next life. The is the influence of Jeong Kwan.” • At the end of the episode, Kwan offers a message to the camera: “I make food as a meditation.“I teach because I want the world to be united through healthy and happy food and to thrive together,” she says. These kinds of soy sauces are passed down for generations. If you look into yourself, you see past, present, and future. As a result, by making soy sauce, I am reliving the wisdom of my ancestors. Even today, when I see something beautiful, or make or see beautiful food, I thank my parents for their energy and virtue. I am living my life as a monk with a blissful mind and freedom. The food I prepare is an expression of gratitude to my parents. They let me become who I am.“ • Ripert says that he learned a lot from Kwan, both personally and professionally: “It’s about being in the present, respecting ingredients, the planet, making people happy. This formal visit to the girl’s house with proposal is known as Khachang.
This was as good as any meal you could get from any chef on the planet.“ • Kwan explains the big difference between temple cuisine and everything else: “Secular food is focused on creating dynamic energy.Pre-wedding Rituals Matchmaking The first step of a Buddhist marriage is the matchmaking process where a suitable life partner is generally chosen by the parents of the bride or groom-to-be.In modern instances, the girl or boy may also choose their own life partners, but generally there are age old customs that are involved.It’s that mindset of sharing that is really what you’re eating.There is no difference between cooking and pursuing Buddha’s way.” • Eric Ripert, sitting in the dining room of Le Bernardin in New York City, says that he met Kwan while traveling through Korea.