Sonjae sunim, a scholar and master chef of South Korean Buddhist temple food, comes to Vassar for residency on Buddhist food culture and philosophy, November 13-15

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Korean Buddhist nun Sonjae sunim, a scholar and chef of Buddhist temple food and a practitioner of environmentally conscious cooking, will lead three events on campus during a November 13-15 residency. She will speak about Buddhist temple food and the Buddhist philosophy of eating on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall room 203. She will conduct an experiential workshop on Buddhist temple food and eating on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:00pm in the College Center Multi-Purpose Room of Main Building. And using locally grown vegetables she will give a cooking demonstration on Kimch'i, the famous fermented Korean vegetable, on Thursday, November 15, at 6:00pm (open to the campus community only in Ferry House kitchen). The lecture and workshop are free and open to the public.

Sonjae sunim is president of the Sunjae Temple Food and Culture Research Center. In addition to lecturing and publishing worldwide on Korean Buddhist temple food, she hosts the program Green Flavor, Green Cooking (or Food) of a Monk on the Buddhist Television Network.

Event Calendar Listings

Sonjae sunim
Lecture on Buddhist temple food and the Buddhist philosophy of eating
Tuesday, November 13, 5:30pm
Taylor Hall room 203.

Sonjae sunim
Experiential workshop on Buddhist temple food and eating
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00pm
College Center Multi-Purpose Room, Main Building.

Sonjae sunim
Kimch'i cooking demonstration
Thursday, November 15, 6:00pm
Ferry House kitchen (open to the campus community only)

Sonjae sunim’s residency at Vassasr is sponsored by the Carolyn Grant Endowment Committee, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Department of Sociology, Program in Asian Studies, and College Committee on Sustainability.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, November 2, 2012