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Fantastic Buddha Bowls and How to Make Them

Buddha Bowls are the bomb, right?

Versatile, satisfying, and photogenic – they’re a staple of plant-based diets. But, have you ever wondered, why a Buddha bowl is called a Buddha bowl?Well, after a little Googling all I could find was a vague definition as to what it was (a large round bowl, usually vegetarian or vegan, filled with a variety of grains, pulses, and vegetables), not WHY it was. Which really didn’t help.

BUT...

It did remind me of a funny story. Once, in ancient India, there was a fabulously wealthy king. His palaces were filled with gold and jade, he hundreds of concubines, and riches of gold, silver, and jewels that would make Elon Musk seem like a peasant. But, most importantly, he had a guru. This guru was famous for his asceticism. In fact, he used to walk around the palace completely naked
and owned no property EXCEPT for an old clay begging bowl.

Well...

One day the king and his guru were sitting under a ginkgo tree meditating when, suddenly, his servants came running up to him shouting ‘master, master – please you must come quickly, the whole palace is on fire! Please you must hurry!’ The king calmly replied ‘My servants, do not bother me – I am studying the dharma with my guru. You go and deal with the fire.’ But before the servants could even protest, the guru jumped up and cried ‘what do you mean, I left my bowl in there!’

 

Which brings me back to the bowl...

 

Buddhist monks are traditionally only allowed to own; two robes, one set of mala (prayer) beads, and one bowl that they used for begging. And it's usually a pretty big bowl because they’re supposed to eat only one vegetarian or vegan meal a day. They’re also supposed to beg from each household only one time, and the householders are expected to give the monk the finest foods they have. So, picture this: Saffron-clad monks with their large round bowls, filled with the finest selection of grains and vegetables from each household.

 

And what do we have? Authentic Buddha bowls.

 

Thankfully, we don’t have to go begging from door to door to make our own Buddha bowls these days. Which is great, because the trend has taken on a life of its own as influencers compete to make the most amazing food masterpieces. Now, I LOVE a masterpiece - but I also love simplicity. And, if you’re anything like me, you don’t always have time to prepare 20 different ingredients for one meal. But getting the RIGHT nutrients is key.

 

If you want to learn the right way to stack your Buddha bowl, why not enroll in our Plant-Based Basics course. You'll learn how to make tasty, beautiful, and nutritionally complete meals, with the easy-to-follow video on demand that you can do in your own time. It will give you the knowledge and skill to build a healthy plant-based diet. And maybe YOU'LL become the next Buddha bowl influencer.

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