Korean Buddhist temple food to go global
07-24-2018    the korea herald
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</strong>Ven.&nbsp;Jihyun,&nbsp;director&nbsp;of&nbsp;Cultural&nbsp;Corps&nbsp;of&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhism,&nbsp;an&nbsp;affiliate&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Jogye&nbsp;Order&nbsp;of&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhism&nbsp;(&nbsp;Park&nbsp;Hae-mook/The&nbsp;Korea&nbsp;Herald)</p>
<p><strong>Buddhism&nbsp;Online&nbsp;reported&nbsp;in&nbsp;Korea</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;A&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhist&nbsp;group&nbsp;will&nbsp;soon&nbsp;bring&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;world&nbsp;as&nbsp;a&nbsp;part&nbsp;of&nbsp;its&nbsp;effort&nbsp;to&nbsp;</p>
<p>introduce&nbsp;the&nbsp;1,700&nbsp;years&nbsp;of&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhist&nbsp;culture&nbsp;abroad.</p>
<p>¡°Korean&nbsp;Buddhist&nbsp;temple&nbsp;foods&nbsp;have&nbsp;been&nbsp;drawing&nbsp;attention&nbsp;from&nbsp;the&nbsp;health-conscious&nbsp;in&nbsp;North&nbsp;America&nbsp;and&nbsp;Europe,¡±&nbsp;Ven.&nbsp;Jihyun,&nbsp;</p>
<p>director&nbsp;of&nbsp;Cultural&nbsp;Corps&nbsp;of&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhism,&nbsp;an&nbsp;affiliate&nbsp;of&nbsp;Jogye&nbsp;Order&nbsp;of&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhism,&nbsp;told&nbsp;The&nbsp;Korea&nbsp;Herald&nbsp;on&nbsp;Tuesday.</p>
<p>¡°We&nbsp;will&nbsp;seek&nbsp;ways&nbsp;of&nbsp;both&nbsp;modernizing&nbsp;the&nbsp;recipes&nbsp;and&nbsp;also&nbsp;preserving&nbsp;the&nbsp;traditional&nbsp;style&nbsp;of&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;before&nbsp;entering&nbsp;the&nbsp;</p>
<p>market&nbsp;next&nbsp;year.¡±</p>
<p>The&nbsp;group&nbsp;plans&nbsp;to&nbsp;open&nbsp;the&nbsp;first&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;on&nbsp;the&nbsp;rooftop&nbsp;at&nbsp;Galeries&nbsp;Lafayette&nbsp;in&nbsp;Paris&nbsp;next&nbsp;year.¡°We&nbsp;will&nbsp;build&nbsp;a&nbsp;¡®hanok¡¯&nbsp;(traditional&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;house)&nbsp;on&nbsp;the&nbsp;rooftop&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;well-known&nbsp;department&nbsp;store&nbsp;in&nbsp;Paris&nbsp;and&nbsp;will&nbsp;start&nbsp;to&nbsp;serve&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;there&nbsp;probably&nbsp;next&nbsp;year.&nbsp;The&nbsp;project&nbsp;has&nbsp;been&nbsp;suggested&nbsp;by&nbsp;</p>
<p>Lafayette,&nbsp;which&nbsp;is&nbsp;trying&nbsp;to&nbsp;capture&nbsp;the&nbsp;growing&nbsp;number&nbsp;of&nbsp;Parisians&nbsp;interested&nbsp;in&nbsp;nutritious&nbsp;vegetarian&nbsp;food,¡±&nbsp;Jihyun&nbsp;said.</p>
<p>A&nbsp;joint&nbsp;venture&nbsp;between&nbsp;the&nbsp;cultural&nbsp;arm&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Jogye&nbsp;and&nbsp;Galeries&nbsp;Lafayette,&nbsp;the&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;was&nbsp;initially&nbsp;planned&nbsp;to&nbsp;open&nbsp;in&nbsp;May&nbsp;</p>
<p>this&nbsp;year.&nbsp;But&nbsp;due&nbsp;to&nbsp;some&nbsp;administrative&nbsp;delays,&nbsp;the&nbsp;plan&nbsp;has&nbsp;been&nbsp;postponed&nbsp;to&nbsp;next&nbsp;year,&nbsp;he&nbsp;said.The&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;project&nbsp;will&nbsp;be&nbsp;taken&nbsp;to&nbsp;other&nbsp;countries&nbsp;too.&nbsp;The&nbsp;religious&nbsp;group&nbsp;will&nbsp;hold&nbsp;a&nbsp;seminar&nbsp;on&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;in&nbsp;the&nbsp;U.S.&nbsp;</p>
<p>and&nbsp;also&nbsp;participate&nbsp;in&nbsp;ITV,&nbsp;an&nbsp;international&nbsp;tourism&nbsp;exhibition&nbsp;in&nbsp;Germany&nbsp;this&nbsp;year.</p>
<p>To&nbsp;better&nbsp;develop&nbsp;temple&nbsp;cuisine,&nbsp;a&nbsp;team&nbsp;is&nbsp;working&nbsp;on&nbsp;collecting&nbsp;recipes&nbsp;that&nbsp;monks&nbsp;across&nbsp;the&nbsp;country&nbsp;have&nbsp;kept&nbsp;for&nbsp;hundreds&nbsp;of&nbsp;</p>
<p>years.¡°It&nbsp;is&nbsp;a&nbsp;tremendous&nbsp;work.&nbsp;But&nbsp;I&nbsp;think&nbsp;it&nbsp;is&nbsp;something&nbsp;that&nbsp;has&nbsp;to&nbsp;be&nbsp;done&nbsp;in&nbsp;order&nbsp;to&nbsp;bring&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food,&nbsp;one&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;greatest&nbsp;</p>
<p>assets&nbsp;of&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhist&nbsp;culture,&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;world,¡±&nbsp;he&nbsp;said.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;can&nbsp;be&nbsp;best&nbsp;described&nbsp;as&nbsp;food&nbsp;that&nbsp;Buddhist&nbsp;monks&nbsp;eat.&nbsp;Comprised&nbsp;mostly&nbsp;of&nbsp;wild&nbsp;vegetables,&nbsp;roots&nbsp;and&nbsp;husks&nbsp;of&nbsp;trees&nbsp;</p>
<p>cultivated&nbsp;in&nbsp;mountainous&nbsp;regions,&nbsp;seasonings&nbsp;are&nbsp;used&nbsp;sparingly&nbsp;to&nbsp;enhance&nbsp;the&nbsp;original&nbsp;taste&nbsp;and&nbsp;flavor&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;main&nbsp;ingredients.</p>
<p>Finding&nbsp;the&nbsp;right&nbsp;ingredients&nbsp;for&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;overseas&nbsp;could&nbsp;be&nbsp;a&nbsp;problem.¡°We&nbsp;will&nbsp;seek&nbsp;ways&nbsp;to&nbsp;modernize&nbsp;or&nbsp;localize&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;for&nbsp;Europeans.&nbsp;We&nbsp;will&nbsp;probably&nbsp;send&nbsp;the&nbsp;main&nbsp;seasonings&nbsp;made&nbsp;here&nbsp;to</p>
<p>&nbsp;Paris,&nbsp;but&nbsp;the&nbsp;rest&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;ingredients&nbsp;will&nbsp;be&nbsp;from&nbsp;local&nbsp;markets,¡±&nbsp;Jihyun&nbsp;explained.</p>
<p>The&nbsp;temple&nbsp;food&nbsp;project&nbsp;is&nbsp;the&nbsp;latest&nbsp;project&nbsp;to&nbsp;promote&nbsp;Korean&nbsp;Buddhist&nbsp;culture.&nbsp;The&nbsp;Jogye&nbsp;Order&nbsp;has&nbsp;been&nbsp;running&nbsp;Templestay,&nbsp;</p>
<p>a&nbsp;cultural&nbsp;program&nbsp;that&nbsp;allows&nbsp;people&nbsp;to&nbsp;stay&nbsp;in&nbsp;mountainside&nbsp;temples&nbsp;and&nbsp;participate&nbsp;in&nbsp;Zen&nbsp;meditation,&nbsp;early-morning&nbsp;chanting&nbsp;and&nbsp;daily&nbsp;chores,&nbsp;since&nbsp;2002.¡°The&nbsp;Templestay&nbsp;program&nbsp;has&nbsp;been&nbsp;praised&nbsp;by&nbsp;the&nbsp;foreign&nbsp;press&nbsp;as&nbsp;a&nbsp;good&nbsp;example&nbsp;of&nbsp;a&nbsp;</p>
<p>theme-based&nbsp;tourist&nbsp;attraction.&nbsp;It&nbsp;is&nbsp;a&nbsp;cultural&nbsp;experience&nbsp;program&nbsp;designed&nbsp;to&nbsp;help&nbsp;visitors&nbsp;better&nbsp;understand&nbsp;Buddhism&nbsp;in&nbsp;Korea</p>
<p>&nbsp;and&nbsp;it&nbsp;has&nbsp;also&nbsp;contributed&nbsp;to&nbsp;enhancing&nbsp;Korea¡¯s&nbsp;image&nbsp;abroad,¡±&nbsp;he&nbsp;said.</p>
<p>The&nbsp;number&nbsp;of&nbsp;temples&nbsp;offering&nbsp;Templestay&nbsp;programs&nbsp;across&nbsp;the&nbsp;country&nbsp;has&nbsp;surged&nbsp;from&nbsp;33&nbsp;in&nbsp;2002&nbsp;to&nbsp;118&nbsp;last&nbsp;year.&nbsp;About&nbsp;1.7&nbsp;</p>
<p>million&nbsp;people&nbsp;have&nbsp;participated&nbsp;in&nbsp;the&nbsp;program&nbsp;so&nbsp;far.&nbsp;In&nbsp;2011&nbsp;alone&nbsp;about&nbsp;190,000&nbsp;people,&nbsp;including&nbsp;25,000&nbsp;foreign&nbsp;travelers,</p>
<p>&nbsp;joined&nbsp;the&nbsp;program,&nbsp;officials&nbsp;at&nbsp;the&nbsp;group&nbsp;said.</p>
<p>To&nbsp;celebrate&nbsp;the&nbsp;10th&nbsp;anniversary,&nbsp;the&nbsp;Buddhist&nbsp;group&nbsp;will&nbsp;hold&nbsp;a&nbsp;series&nbsp;of&nbsp;events&nbsp;from&nbsp;May&nbsp;to&nbsp;October.&nbsp;It&nbsp;plans&nbsp;to&nbsp;focus&nbsp;on&nbsp;</p>
<p>developing&nbsp;programs&nbsp;to&nbsp;embrace&nbsp;those&nbsp;having&nbsp;difficulties&nbsp;in&nbsp;marriage,&nbsp;family&nbsp;issues&nbsp;and&nbsp;society&nbsp;as&nbsp;a&nbsp;whole.</p>
<p>¡°Templestay&nbsp;offers&nbsp;people&nbsp;a&nbsp;chance&nbsp;to&nbsp;look&nbsp;into&nbsp;themselves&nbsp;and&nbsp;helps&nbsp;them&nbsp;to&nbsp;build&nbsp;a&nbsp;life&nbsp;of&nbsp;their&nbsp;own&nbsp;by&nbsp;having&nbsp;a&nbsp;moment&nbsp;of&nbsp;</p>
<p>meditation&nbsp;in&nbsp;the&nbsp;beautiful&nbsp;temples&nbsp;across&nbsp;the&nbsp;country,¡±&nbsp;the&nbsp;director&nbsp;said.&nbsp;¡°Through&nbsp;Templestay&nbsp;program,&nbsp;we&nbsp;will&nbsp;keep&nbsp;listening</p>
<p>&nbsp;to&nbsp;people&nbsp;and&nbsp;help&nbsp;them&nbsp;to&nbsp;heal&nbsp;their&nbsp;wounded&nbsp;soul&nbsp;and&nbsp;body.¡±£¨ppicture£ºBy&nbsp;Cho&nbsp;Chung-un£©</p>
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