Embracing my Buddha Bowl

BB3I’m getting into my Buddha Bowl these days. In fact, I’m on a health kit and have decided to have a Buddha Bowl at least 4 times a week. It think it will help me focus on clean eating and greater mindfulness toward my food and what I’m putting into my body.

What is a Buddha Bowl?

A Buddha Bowl is a meal of simple pure food and enjoyed with deep gratitude. Some think it comes from the tradition of Buddhist monks and their “begging” bowls or the alms bowl. In predominantly Buddhist countries like Laos, each morning Buddhist monks walk the streets in an alms ceremony accepting bits of food from lay believers, who place a small handful of food into the bowls they hold at their hips.

The Vessel

The Bowl – The bowl is very important. You are supposed to choose one that is only used for this semi-sacred meal. I hunts for mine for several weeks. I preferred to buy one from a second-hand shop and I wanted it to have beautiful colors.

While in Sonoma, I scoped out the shops and found two I liked. I wanted two so that I could share my Buddha bowls with another. (Hope springs eternal!) I have to say I don’t *love* my bowls, so I continue to search out shops hoping to find the perfect one(s).

Chopsticks – I don’t actually use chopsticks, but I think I should. Using a pair would complete the aesthetic experience and most important for me – slow down my eating. Chopsticks would help me pick up one piece of food at a time and taste it more thoughtfully.

The Food

The fun of creating your Buddha Bowl each night is to use different colors, textures, tastes of your food – salty, sweet, spicy. The variety is endless! I’ve also decided to make all of mine bowls vegan – no dairy or eggs – mainly in an effort to make the meal as “clean” (non-processed foods) as possible.

BB1I find the easiest way to build your bowl is to select one of each of these 6 main components:

  1. Grain (Quinoa, Brown Rice)
  2. Protein (Lentils, Chick Peas, Beans)
  3. Raw or Steamed Veggies (Leafy Greens, Root Veggies)
  4. Fat (Avocado, Sesame Oil)
  5. Dressing
  6. Garnish (Nuts, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds, Fresh Herbs)

To me, the most important component is the dressing since that’s where the flavor lies. My favorites include (recipes linked):

The Attitude

The crux of the Buddha Bowl is to eat it with gratitude. You can embrace this mindfulness by:

  • Eating outside in fresh air
  • Leaving all electronic devices out of reach
  • Saying a simple thanks for the nutritious meal
  • Being mindful about the taste and texture of the food

I have to admit, I could have more reverence toward my Buddha Bowl. I think this this is an ongoing process of slowing down during meal time and giving myself the space to think about all level of nourishment. It’s all about being grateful in our lives. All in one bowl!

Need More Inspiration?

Check out these *beautiful* photos of all manner of Buddha Bowls on Pinterest.

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This entry was posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 and is filed under Food & Drink.

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