From the Editors / Ocean of Dharma

Do Tibetans Eat Shrimp?

Cliff Bostock, in the July 30 edition of Creative Loafing reviews  the Shangrila Bistro, which offers Tibetan cuisine in Marietta, Georgia.

He explains his interest:  “When I heard that a Tibetan restaurant had opened in Marietta, I made plans to visit the same evening. I’ve had a longtime fascination with Tibetan culture, mainly by way of Shambhala Training, a brilliant meditation program that was created by a Tibetan master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, for Westerners.”

Bostock says that he liked the food precisely because it was less than traditional.  When he saw that the restaurant offerings included dumplings stuffed with shrimp and chives, he asked the server: “Do Tibetans eat shrimp?”

The answer offered was that they are striving to create Tibetan flavors with local ingredients. Chögyam Trungpa would have found that exchange quite humorous, I think. And he definitely did not eat shrimp!

One thought on “Do Tibetans Eat Shrimp?

  1. Humor and absence of judgment in Chogyan Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings have been the main reasons of my attraction to the Shambhala teachings.

    A great teacher is not afraid of laughing when he/she or the students get stuck in the hands of ego.

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