Taste and Tribute

It’s that time of year again.  The wonderful and delicious Taste and Tribute is Friday, November 20th at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel.  Laurent Manrique of Cafe de la Presse and other food ventures, has long been a sponsor of The Tibetan Aid Project.  The Tibetan Aid Project strives to preserve sacred texts, prayer wheels, and the precious Tibetan culture, providing an awareness and production of texts and gifts to monks and nuns to continue their efforts to teach and preserve the threatened Tibetan culture.

This is a unique night of ‘Taste and Tribute’.  There will be 22 fabulous restaurant chefs from A16 to Vitrine.  Each group of chefs has their own table of guests and prepares an exquisite dinner for those fortunate enough to sit at their table.  The menu by each chef carries the theme of the chosen foods, and it’s amazing how much the same food can vary.

Wine and champagne are served prior to going into dinner.  And there’s a wonderful silent auction with unique items to choose from as well as the usual suspects.

The guests at Taste and Tribute represent the city’s finest, a very eclectic and eccentric group of supporters to The Tibetan Aid Project.  The silent auction represents everything associated with the many organizations associated with The Tibetan Aid Project, including Ratna Ling, a favorite retreat of mine. 

You, too, can support The Tibetan Aid Project by attending this wonderful Taste and Tribute event, a great way to support them and give thanks, the tone of the season to follow.  Click here to join us.  

tibetan flagsA little trivia for you – Tibetan Prayer Flags.  The featured image is a Tibetan Prayer Flag.  The picture to the left breaks down the symbolism in each color and some of the things on the flag. Quoting Wikipedia because they say it far more eloquently than me –

“Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.

By hanging flags in high places the Lung ta will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags, which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras.

The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life’s changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.

Because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags are sacred, they should be treated with respect. They should not be placed on the ground or used on clothing. Old prayer flags should be burned.

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