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Happy Losar 2016

Wishing all Tibetans and friends a very happy Losar 2016. ལོ་གསར་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས།   Below are links to a few stories and pictures that will transport you to the Tibetan plateau and to experience the ancient traditions of Losar (Lo sar, the Tibetan New Year). Visual feast during Losar preparation: During Losar preparation, you only need to take […]

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Tibetan women, losar, Tibetan new year/ lo sar

5 Ways to Experience Losar Traditions

  While a house requires strong pillars to hold its structure one might say, a culture is formed based upon its long-standing traditions, beliefs, art, and customs. Festivals and rituals are windows into rich traditions of faraway lands. My journey home to the Tibetan plateau for 2015 Losar, Tibetan New Year, was a renewal of my […]

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Handmade noodles, Tibetan noodles, Thugba or Thukpa ཐུག་པ, noodle dough disk, Noodle Dishes in Tibetan Culture

ཐུག་པ Home-made Hand-made Noodles

  Like many cultures around the globe, Tibetans cherish our own special noodles. Noodle dishes are, in fact, a staple in Tibetan cooking across the rangelands and lower meadows. We call them thukpa ཐུག་པ (aka thug ba or thugba)  and generally refer to wheat flour noodles. Only those never recorded cookbooks knew when a Tibetan grandmother, who […]

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Tibetan dumplings, food

Tibetan Dumplings Brighten Others

The September sun up in the sky might be fading its strength. But, like the golden splash in my garden, it is a good time for cooking for your loved ones or brightening someone else’s life. I recently talked to Lindsay Christians, a reporter at The Capital Times, about cooking Tibetan food to benefit Literacy […]

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Tibetan dumpling dinner with my family in Xining on the Tibetan plateau–Dumplings with yak meat and scallions and veggie sides.

Cooking Tibetan for Literacy

To those of you who are in the Madison area, I’m cooking Tibetan food at the Willy Street Co-op, benefiting Literacy Network of Dane County. This non-profit organization teaches English skills to adults and families so they can achieve financial independence and good health. This group also provides direction for literacy agencies in other states. […]

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Yerma, Tibetan Spice, Sichuan pepper, Japanese pepper, Aniseed pepper, Prickly ash

Yerma གཡེར་མ: A Flavor Extravaganza

This mysterious, underused but established spice goes by a variety of names: Sichuan pepper, Japanese pepper, Aniseed pepper, Prickly ash, and others. The plant is said to belong to the citrus family – Zanthoxylum simulans. Tibetans, though, call this burgundy pigmented and uniquely flavorful spice “Yerma” (གཡེར་མ), and in our cooking it enhances any dish. Because […]

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Tibetan art, Butter sculpture, Kumbum monastery, Buddha, Tibetan Buddhism

Losar ལོ་གསར Festive Moments

  There are numerous Losar activities here on the Tibetan Plateau. May it be gathering for tea, steamy yak meat dumplings, butter sculpture, altar ornaments, or Bön practitioners performing dances. Sharing with you are pictures of some events that I’ve been blessed to be part of. I hope these visuals would bring you a sense […]

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