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Dari Krisis Menjadi Damai (From Crisis to Peace)

From Crisis to Peace by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Sebarkan perdamaian dan wujudkan masa depan yang indah!

Dengan penerbitan buku Dari Krisis menjadi Damai – Vegan Organik adalah Jawabannya karya Maha Guru Ching Hai, semakin banyak orang akan memahami perlunya suatu gaya hidup yang alami dan sehat. Dan sebagian orang akan terilhami oleh buku ini untuk mendukung petisi “Dari Krisis menjadi Damai: Petisi Global untuk menjadi Vegan/Vegetarian demi Kelangsungan Hidup”.

Anda bisa ikut mendukung petisi ini dengan mengunjungi atau dengan langsung menandatangani petisi itu di rumah-rumah makan seperti Loving Hut atau saat ada kegiatan bertema lingkungan. Anda bisa memberi tahu seluruh dunia betapa besar kepedulian Anda bagi planet yang indah ini, rumah kita satu-satunya.

(Pengumuman lebih lanjut tentang tanggal untuk menandatangani secara pribadi guna mendukung kampanye ini akan segera diumumkan. “Tempat Damai-Cemerlang” bertambah banyak . . . .)

Lebih jauh lagi, untuk memberi tahu orang-orang tentang situasi pemanasan global yang sebenarnya dan mengaitkan dengan wawasan batin Maha Guru Ching Hai, kami juga mengundang Anda untuk ikut dalam kampanye “Matahari Terbit: Sebarkan Pesan Perdamaian”. Kami telah memilih beberapa kutipan dari buku Dari Krisis menjadi Damai – Vegan Organik adalah Jawabannya bagi Anda agar bisa dengan mudah menyebarkan kebijaksanaan ini kepada teman-teman Anda. Dengan keikutsertaan Anda, kami yakin bahwa sinar kebijaksanaan sejati akan mencapai dan menerangi Hati mulia semua orang. Anda bisa mengunjungi untuk memilih kutipan favorit Anda dan dengan beberapa klik saja, membagikannya kepada orang-orang di sekitar Anda. Atau, Anda bisa juga mengikuti ID twitter kami @c2p_e dan menambahkan ID Facebook kami “TheOrganic VeganWay”. Dengan beberapa kutipan, kita bisa memulai suatu reaksi berantai yang positif di seluruh dunia.

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Loving Hut – Part of Something Bigger


Dr. Will Tuttle

Dr. Will Tuttle

Posted January 27, 2011

Published in Lifestyle

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Loving Hut – Part of Something Bigger

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I recently discovered that on January 30, 2011, the Loving Hut on Irving Street in San Francisco officially opens as the 219th Loving Hut restaurant in this burgeoning international chain of vegan restaurants.

I would like to urge everyone to support this inspiring, and nearly miraculous, manifestation of the vegan spirit of compassion, sustainability, health, and benevolent cooperation. For years, we in the vegan movement have been plotting, planning, and praying for a successful worldwide vegan restaurant chain—at last we have it!! Woo Hoo!

Please patronize a Loving Hut near you, get to know the people running it, and encourage your friends, vegan or not, to eat at Loving Hut. The menu is filled with healthy dishes that are friendly to non-vegans, to help them make the transition to more compassionate eating habits.

As most are aware, the Loving Hut vegan restaurant chain is a project of the international community inspired by the Vietnamese spiritual teacher known as Supreme Master Ching Hai. In my view, this community is one of the most purely benevolent, hard-working, and effective forces for spreading the vegan message on the planet today. I have watched, read, and studied their teachings and actions for over twenty years, and since the publication of The World Peace Diet, I’ve worked with them in cities around the U.S., and the more I have gotten to know them, the more I have grown to love and respect them as individuals and as a movement.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend an evening in Cancun, Mexico, with Master Ching Hai and about 400 guests and celebrities that she had convened to help bring the vegan message to the international global climate change negotiations that were convened there. After this experience, I can only say that I am even more humbled and inspired by the magnificent work that the Supreme Master Ching Hai community is doing in the world. Every day, from early in the morning till late at night, they were working hard, leafleting and speaking with the negotiators and the press abut the link between global climate breakdown and animal agriculture, and were the only ones doing so, just as last year, they were the only ones do so in the bitter cold of Copenhagen.

For me, the Ching Hai community provides a great source of hope in human nature. The community emphasizes the importance of combining the diligent inner work of regular meditation and cultivating humility and kindness with the outer practical work of helping the world by feeding hungry people vegan food, providing shelter to disaster victims, ministering to people in prisons, orphanages, hospitals, and old age homes, and creating vegan restaurants, books, pamphlets, videos, CDs, and Supreme Master TV, which broadcasts vegan cooking classes and constructive programming 24/7 throughout the world in over 20 languages.

Refreshingly (and remarkably), the SMCH community accepts no donations, and Master Ching Hai herself accepts no donations from her students or from anyone. Nor do they accept revenue for advertising. They finance everything through creativity and hard work. And so by not engaging in fund-raising nor selling advertising, they are not beholden to donors or advertisers, and are uniquely free to spread the vegan message without having to please anyone in how they do it. Like Food Not Bombs, the SMCH community is a grass-roots movement that is quiet, but enormously effective. In addition, the members of the SMCH community never get involved in debates or the infighting that characterizes the vegan movement, but just do the work of spreading the message to the world.

They were recently targeted by VegNews magazine (of all bizarre things!), which ran an “exposé” in the Sep/Oct 2010 issue that awkwardly tried to “expose” the SMCH community as a “cult.” I have rarely seen a sorrier piece of journalism, and have written an in-depth critique of it here.

In the Jan/Feb 2011 issue, VegNews chose to publish a second misleading disparagement of the SMCH community in the form of a double spread of comments on their earlier article. My letter was severely truncated, eliminating vital information, as were the letters of others writing in support of the SMCH community. And VegNews gave its usually constructive platform to denigrating letters that fortunately, I’m sure, savvy vegan readers can easily see are unsubstantiated.

Hopefully this misunderstanding is behind us, and I’m grateful that the vegan message is continuing to spread through the efforts of dedicated advocates throughout the world. As I emphasize in The World Peace Diet, and as Master Ching Hai emphasizes in her excellent new book, From Crisis to Peace, without a vegan revolution, our culture’s hope of survival is slim. The vegan revolution is an evolution in consciousness, where cruelty is transformed into caring, competition into cooperation, and violence into mercy and compassion.

Let’s continue to work together, in the persevering and self-sacrificing spirit of our Loving Hut brothers and sisters, and work to further the vegan message in our world, without rancor or judgment, but with joy, harmony, and appreciation for this precious opportunity of a human life.  From my heart, a huge thank-you to Master Ching Hai and her community, to VegNews, and to everyone who is part of this movement to heal the deep wounds we have all received. May we succeed in our quest to create a world where peace, equality, justice, truth, freedom, and love are not only possible for all humans and animals, but also manifest in our daily lives. May this future draw us ever onward, out of the cultural indoctrination, and into the new world we can create together. Thanks to all who are helping in this vital effort!

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Warm me up Scottie!

January 13, 2011by KD


Corny title, sorry- I’ve been watching too many old Star Trek movies lately. But anyway, it is cold outside right now here in Ohio and I, not unlike everyone else, craves warm bowls of yummy food. This one is a yellow split pea soup, vegan of course. I didn’t choose the split peas for their nutrition, even though a single cup of split peas has 16 grams of protein. I didn’t choose them because I’m dieting either but- one cup of split peas, one cup, has only 231 calories! Split peas are also a great source of potassium- one cup = 710 mg (20% of the daily recommended value of potassium).

Not only that, but one serving of split peas offers you over 16 grams of dietary fiber (roughly 65% of the recommended intake)! Fiber darlings, is our friend. Fiber cleans, fiber helps to bind and move things in the right direction. It also helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied. So. Fiber. It’s our friend. We’ll leave it at that.

But the very best thing about split peas, the very best thing about split peas, and the reason that I chose them for this soup, is their awesome taste! Go ahead, give them a whirl- your tastebuds will thank you.

Vegan Split Pea Soup

Yellow Split Pea Soup ~ makes a bunch

  • One 1 lb bag of yellow split peas dried – washed
  • 1 large bunch of kale – washed, cut into smallish pieces.
  • 1 medium yellow onion – diced
  • Celery hearts – the very middle of the celery bunch – sliced, tops included
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced finely
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp No-chicken style bouillon (I use Better than Bouillon Vegetarian No Chicken Base)
  • 7 cups of water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

I saute my veggies in my soup pot for convenience.  In the soup pot, heat olive oil.  Once warmed, add onions and celery.  Saute until the onions and celery start to turn translucent.  Add minced garlic.  Continue cooking for another minute, enough to heat the garlic through.  Add bouillon to water, mix until combined.  Add 1/2 of the yellow split peas.  Cook until peas start to get soft- this took me about 15 minutes.  Add kale, bay leaves, remaining peas, and any salt and pepper you want to use.  Simmer on low for an hour or until the peas are soft.  This soup, like most, is even better the next day.  And, don’t forget to remove the bay leaf before serving!  Enjoy!

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After years in brown rice limbo, vegan gets hot

After years in brown rice limbo, vegan gets hot

Posted: January 8, 2011 – 5:08pm
This photo shows Mediterranean barley vegetable stew in Concord, N.H. Vegan food is a celebration of produce, as is this stew. AP

This photo shows Mediterranean barley vegetable stew in Concord, N.H. Vegan food is a celebration of produce, as is this stew. AP

Vegan food gets a bad rap among meat eaters. It’s typically portrayed as bland or somehow lacking.

This stew is anything but. It is flavorful, colorful and full-bodied. It doesn’t require a trip to the natural foods store. It doesn’t even contain any soy or vegetable meat-wannabe products. Vegan food is a celebration of produce, as is this stew.

Castelvetrano olives are a bright green, buttery Sicilian olive. Many grocers carry them jarred alongside the other olives. If you can’t find them, substitute whatever variety you prefer. Be sure to adjust the salt after you add the olives, as some are quite salty.


Start to finish: 1 hour

Servings: 6

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 shallots, finely chopped

2 medium yellow onions, diced

28-ounce can chopped tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted

4 cups (1 quart) vegetable broth

2 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced

1 1/2 cups pearl barley

12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into strips

5 ounces fresh baby spinach

1/2 cup castelvetrano olives, pitted and sliced

1 cup water

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

In a large saucepan over medium, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, shallots and onions and saute until soft and translucent, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, broth, rosemary and barley, then bring to a simmer. Cover and continue to cook until the barley is tender, about 50 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Stir in the roasted red peppers, baby spinach, olives and water. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 338 calories; 73 calories from fat (22 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (1 g aturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 61 g carbohydrate; 9 g protein; 12 g fiber; 947 mg sodium.

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