Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Food of Dharma at Pathgate Kitchen

Buddhist Nuns cooking

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche emphasises the importance of applying Dharma Teachings and mindfulness in daily activities. With this advice in mind and as part of their own practice to improve their mindfulness through daily activities, there is always a team of local sangha working in the Pathgate Kitchen to prepare food for the students who are attending the Pathgate Retreat and Dharma Teaching in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Students cooking

Students are encouraged to speak less, smile more and be gentle in all that they do while they are working. Preparing meals in the Pathgate Kitchen offers them the opportunity to apply this instruction while working harmoniously with others.

With the local sangha comprising not only of students from the UK, but also from Tibet, Japan, Greece and Italy, the Pathgate Kitchen produces a diversity of dishes from around the world such as momo (dumplings), shapaley (meat pastries), khapsey (fried cookies), thenthuk (hand-tear noodle soup) and tingmo (steamed bun) from Tibet; sushi (vinegared rice roll), kara-age (double-fried chicken) from Japan; and fresh pasta and noodles from both the East and West