Lazy_eye wrote:The blander, the holier?
Or can cooking be seen as a mindful, wholesome activity (provided we don't get too caught up in chasing after exotic or fancy cuisine choices?)
What do you think? And what is your own practice with regard to cooking and eating?
Taste: Well for Arahants and non-returners, taste may not be an issue. But how many Arahants and non-returners are there in the world? Probably not that many. (Non-returners and Arahants are no longer bound to cravings of the senses.)
I think gourmet cooking / food can be another way to practice mindfulness and as a Skilful means
for teaching, demonstrating wholesome, healthy foods.
Agreed. Cooking and other food prep can be a good exercise in mindfulness and other Buddhist teachings. Parallel this with an example of Tibetan monks making sand murals with the intention of blowing or sweeping them away when finished. This is an exercise of mindfulness as well as detachment from that which is impermanent.
The same can be said of a cooking exercise. You can put forth a great effort and be mindful in the preparation. The end result can be a meal exquisite in taste and possibly aesthetically pleasing as well. Be aware of the impermanence, and do not be attached to your creation. Know that what you have created will be blown or swept away like the sand mural. Your food will be chewed up, digested, and processed into kesa, loma, nakha, danta, etc.