The Vegetarian Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrated vegetarianism by not only providing visitors with a fantastic taste sensation but also a chance to learn how to prepare the delicious food through a number of cooking demonstrations and recipes shared.
Family and friends gathered to learn more about vegetarianism, cooking vegetarian food and, of course, to taste the delicious dishes prepared by the volunteers.
Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) volunteers assisted alongside the BLIA Young Adults (BLIA YAD) and scouts not only promoting the benefits of vegetarianism but also recycling for a cleaner environment.
A quiet moment was spent by visitors enjoying an introduction to meditation and a reading from FGS’ Grand Master, Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s book, 365 Days for Travelers, where after each participant received their own copy of this thought-provoking book with inspiring quotes from great Chan (Zen) Masters through 1 000s of years, neatly and compact for everyday use.
A vegetarian diet has many benefits that include being kinder to the environment, increasing quality nutritional intake and reducing diseases such as heart disease. In addition, a vegetarian diet allows for compassion, mindfulness and healthier choices that benefit the environment.
You can also join the change to a healthier and compassionate lifestyle by pledging your support for vegetarianism, even if it’s for just one day of the week. Visit www.vegdays.org.