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A final chance to savor the Tibetan flavor



Tibetan lunches will be served Friday at the Asa, Court and Rathbone Dining Halls.

Along with the numerous academic events that have occurred throughout the last year in advance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s July visit, Lehigh University has presented various cultural activities focusing on Tibet.

One of the most popular has been a monthly series of Tibetan lunches with recipes chosen by Dining Services in conjunction with the Dalai Lama Steering Committee. Most of the recipes were selected from the Tibetan cookbook, The Lhasa Moon, while others originated in India, where the Dalai Lama has lived in exile since 1959.

The last in the Tibetan lunch series will be held on Friday, April 25, at the Asa, Court and Rathbone Dining Halls. The menu will include tangtse (cabbage salad), tse tentuk (pulled noodles in vegetable soup), kongopo shaptak (kongopo style chicken), ping sha (beef stew with bean thread noodles) and sanga paley (special festive pastries).

The meal series is designed to prepare the campus community for the historic visit by involving all five senses in the Dalai Lama’s culture. For one final time, students, faculty and staff can enjoy the aromatic smells and exotic tastes of Tibet, and if prior meals in the series are any indication, demand will be high.

The spiritual leader of Tibet, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, will teach for six days at Stabler Arena on Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: The Lamrim Chenmo . His appearance at Lehigh is sponsored by the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, N.J., in collaboration with the university.

The five-and-a-half days of teaching will take place from July 10-15. There will be a session each morning and a session each afternoon except for Sunday, July 13, when the Dalai Lama will give a public lecture that afternoon at Stabler on “Generating a Good Heart.” He also will answer questions submitted in writing by the audience during his 90-minute public appearance.

For more information about the event, please visit Lehigh's Dalai Lama Web site.

--Tom Durso

Photo by Douglas Benedict


Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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