Shojin Riyori Benefit Dinners
"Shojin Ryori" Benefit Dinners
The Guna Foundation held two very successful benefit dinners in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California in September of 2009 in order to raise money for our new organization and our flagship documentary project.
The magnificent five-course meal was prepared by Head Chef Koji Nagata of Japan, well-known for his artistic and delicious creations in the ancient Japanese vegetarian tradition of Shojin Ryori.
Director of the Guna Foundation Barry Schieber met Koji while on a pilgrimage in Japan, and after recognizing him as an exceptional chef, invited him to come to California to prepare a benefit dinner. After thinking it over, Koji agreed. With this gesture of generosity we began our fund-raising for our documentary.
Among the highlights of the meal were: Steamed Pumpkin with Milk and Egg Custard; Tempura with Ginger, Green Beans, Corn & Figs; Gooey Japanese Mountain Potatoes with Wasabi; and a Tofu Mousse with Pear Tart for dessert.
Meditations on Tibet - Photo Exhibit
Meditations on Tibet
Photos by Greg Hale
Taken on a trip through Tibet in 2004, these photographs by Greg Hale shed light on a vanishing way of life while also evoking hope for the future of the Tibetan people. To behold the delicate and striking images of Tibet is to witness the history of its land, its people, and its traditions. One can observe the tranquil presence of thousands of years of spiritual energy, which resonates through the art, architecture, and landscapes of Tibet. Adorned with colorful flags, rugged peaks, and majestic temples, the countryside suggests a story of what Tibetans have endured, and how they have persevered.
Taste and Tribute
The Taste and Tribute event, organized annually by the Tibetan Aid Project, is an evening of fine dining, camaraderie, and shared commitment to a project that has helped support the free distribution of over 2.5 million traditional Tibetan texts. Each year, twenty-two celebrated chefs work in pairs to prepare four-course menus table side. Fine wines accompany each course. Live and silent auctions offer the chance to bid on unique getaways, Tibetan art, and other one-of-a-kind items. This has become a premier event in the San Francisco charity calendar. All proceeds support the distribution of texts at the annual World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India.
San Francisco - Friday, November 19, 2010
New York - Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Visit the Tibetan Aid Project's website