Veggie Recipes淨素食譜

When there is food to eat, I vow that living beings will take Dhyana bliss as food, and be filled with the joy of Dharma.  --Avatamsaka Sutra

若飯食時 當願眾生 禪悅為食 法喜充滿 ──《大方廣佛華嚴經》〈淨行品〉


The Dharma Realm of People:  The way of men is harmony, with merit and error interspersed.  On virtuous deeds you rise; offenses make you fall:  it has nothing to do with anyone else at all. --Ven. Master Hsuan Hua, "The Ten Dharma Realms Are Not Beyond a Single Thought"

人道和合 功罪相間 德升孽降 豈有他焉  -宣公上人作《十法界不離一念心》人法界


Namo Amitofo   Namo Amitofo   Namo Amitofo

南無阿彌陀佛   南無阿彌陀佛   南無阿彌陀佛


- 淨素食譜  ***您若有疾病或服藥,在改變您的飲食或服食補藥之前,請先請教您的醫生有關藥物與飲食的相互作用。***


- 素食常見問題-營養 1:蛋白質; 素食常見問題

- 素食的佛理依據: 大乘入楞伽經研究--恆實法師講述

- 萬佛城金剛菩提海一九八六年六月第193期燕窩不是素品!


- PETA's Vegetarian / Vegan Recipes; Vegetarian / Vegan Starter Kit

- These webpages address concerns over protein from plant sources and more: IVU's Protein and FAQ; VRG's Protein in the Vegan Diet; TVS's Protein: Is More Better?

- About eggs 關於雞蛋

- About honey, the 5 kinds of pure meat, Light Sound Heaven 關於蜂蜜、五淨肉、光音天人

As for bees, just think of how many of them are robbers who steal honey from others. Were you aware of what they did?

The Flower Adornment Sutra with Commentary by Ven. Master Hsuan Hua

你看那個蜜蜂,有多少是做土匪的,到旁的地方把人家的蜜都給偷去了,你知道這個嗎? 大方廣佛華嚴經 宣公上人淺釋

- Helpful tips on making offerings 提醒您供養注意事宜

- Chanting  唱誦

Meal Offering Ceremony 上供‧臨齋儀(英文)

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>> HOME, a film, released on 06-05-09, by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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>> Vegan Buddhist Nuns Have Same Bone Density as Meat EatersAustralian medical researchers found that although the 105 post-menopausal vegan (consuming no meat, no dairy, no eggs) Vietnamese Nuns in the study had 1/3 of the daily intake of calcium than the meat eaters, the vegan nuns' bone density was the same as the women who eat meat (animal protein) and diary.  The researchers note that fruits and vegetables are likely to have positive effects on bone health.

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- >> See also:  Our Cherishing Life page  >>

- Eating Flesh:  Pros & Cons, Manmade & Natural Disasters...


Audio: Chan 普門品有聲書
Audio: Shurangama Sutra 楞嚴經有聲書
Audio: The Sutra in 42 Sections 四十二章經有聲書
Audiobooks 有聲書
Daily Recitations早晚課
On Death & Dying 臨終法要


Amitabha Buddha Recitation持名念佛
Cherishing Life護生放生
On Death & Dying 臨終法要
Shurangama Mantra學會楞嚴咒
The Five Schools五宗並進
The Precepts戒律


Ven. Hsu Yun虛雲老和尚
Ven. Hsuan Hua宣公上人


Veggie Recipes淨素食譜


Go Vegetarian:  Tips on Getting Started


*** If you have medical conditions, or are on medications, you must first consult your physician for any drug-diet interactions before making major changes to your diet.  If you are on warfarin (Coumadin), you must let your health care provider know before increasing your intake of dark green leafy vegetables. if you are on blood thinning medications such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin), talk to your health care provider before taking omega-3 supplements. ***


*** Please consult your physician first if you are considering over-the-counter, nutritional or herbal supplements.  For example, brewer's yeast and spirulina have drug interactions.***

*** No endorsement intended, but here are some online resources:

-'s tool: Drug Interactions Checker

-'s tool:  Drug Interaction Checker

- Colorado State University Extension's

Nutrient-Drug Interactions and Food

-'s Warfarin side effects: Watch for dangerous interactions ***


- For the first 6 months, you are likely to feel hungry around the clock.  This is not the time to focus on weight issues (but do limit your total caloric intake from fats, avoid saturated fats like coconut oil and palm oil, avoid trans fat [in most commercially baked goods and in some margarine], limit your intake of sugars [including:  corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, honey, maple syrup], and limit your daily salt intake to 6 teaspoons).  Instead, emphasize:

1) Flavor:  Amplify your favorite flavors, for example, spicy or sweet and sour.  Try grilling and toasting for added flavor.  When making soups with root vegetables, try first caramelizing them in a non-stick pan.  Use garnishes such as roasted sesame seeds and roasted seaweed.  Use iodized sea salt, or add sea salt [which does not supply iodide] to your regular iodized salt for better flavor. Ginger adds great flavor to soups and dishes, and a little goes a long way.  Try boiling edamame (soy beans) with some ginger and sea salt.


2) Satiety:  For example, add nuts and vegetarian cheese to your diet.  Add extra virgin olive oil to your salads.  To get you through the first 6 months, have on hand snacks, seasoned seaweed slices, trail mixes, popcorn and hard candy (use caution in choking risks) when hunger attacks, and taper off later.  Some easy healthy snack ideas include:  Boiled edamame [soy beans] with some ginger and sea salt, and steamed/baked yam. 


3) Variety, Balance & Moderation:  Eat a rainbow a day!  If your foods span a rainbow of colors, most likely you have achieved variety.  Moderation is key.  For example, too much oxalate-containing foods [spinach, rhubarb, beets, nuts, chocolate, black tea, wheat bran, strawberries, and beans] or foods high or moderate in purine [yeast, spinach, asparagus, beans, lentils, mushrooms, and dried peas] could exacerbate gout.


4) Nutrition:  Rotate your menus every day to make sure your diet contains all the nutrients you need.  Common areas of concern are:

- Protein:  It is not hard to meet your daily requirement as long as you stay on a well-balanced, well-sourced diet.


New!   Use this Interactive DR (Dietary Reference Intakes) for Healthcare Professionals to  calculate your daily nutrient recommendations, or use the table below:


The daily recommended intakes for protein are: 

Children ages 1-3 13 grams/day
Children ages 4-8 19 grams/day
Males ages 9-13 34 grams/day
Males ages 14-18 52 grams/day
Males, ages 19 and up 56 grams/day
Females ages 9-13 34 grams/day
Females ages 14 and up 46 grams/day
Pregnancy & Lactation 71 grams/day

Dietary Reference Intakes: Recommended Intakes for Individuals  (PDF|86 KB)  National Academy of Sciences. Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Comprehensive DRI table for vitamins, minerals and macronutrients; organized by age and gender.


A slice of bread provides 3 to 5 grams of protein, 1/4 cup of walnuts 5 grams, 1/2 cup canned spinach 5 grams, a  bag of microwave popcorn 9 grams, and even a sheet of roasted seaweed or a tablespoon of soy sauce contributes 1 gram of protein. 


One square of baked/braised tofu [豆干] could provide as much as 15 grams of protein and 40% of the calcium you need per day ["Percent Daily Value"] depending on the brand you choose. 


To get complete essential amino acids, combine food groups, e.g., combinations of rice (grains) and beans (legumes). Of note, quinoa alone provides complete protein, and is high in iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, and several vitamin B's.


- Iron:  Vegetarian sources include dried beans and peas, nuts and seeds, whole grains, dark molasses, and green leafy vegetables.


- Omega-3 oil:  Flax oil [flaxseed oil], available from pharmacies, is rich in omega-3 oil.  Do not cook with flax oil.  Use it on foods that have been cooked, or on salads.  Walnut oil is rich in omega-3 as well.


- Vitamin B12Breakfast cereals are usually fortified with vitamin B12.  Soy milk also provides some vitamin B12, so do vegetarian cheeses, e.g, Veggie Shreds and Veggie Slices manufactured by Galaxy Nutritional Foods. Nutritional yeast usually supplies vitamin B12, but brewer's yeast has low amounts, if any--check the labels as the content varies by brand.


- Vitamin A:  Sweet potatoes, carrots, and goji berry [枸杞 wolfberry, also a source of iron] are good sources.


- University of Maryland Medical Center's webpage on Complimentary Medicine


- New!  These webpages address concerns over protein from plant sources and more: IVU's Protein and FAQ; VRG's Protein in the Vegan Diet; TVS's Protein: Is More Better?


- Dietary Guidance from USDA's National Agricultural Library


- The FDA's How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label webpage


- Dietary Reference Intakes: Recommended Intakes for Individuals  (PDF|86 KB)  National Academy of Sciences. Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Comprehensive DRI table for vitamins, minerals and macronutrients [protein, fat & carbohydrate]; organized by age and gender.

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- Basically, refrain from eating any sentient being with a face and/or some form of legs, and that tries to run away--or even just passively resists being eaten as in the case of clams, oysters, sea urchins, squids/calamari--when you try to catch it


- Animal-derived ingredients to avoid:  Eggs (yolks or egg white, which are common in mayonnaise, donuts, muffins, pastries, mousse, and meringue), honey (often found in granola bars, desserts such as baklava, and some breakfast cereals), gelatin (see paragraph below), renin or pepsin (used in some cheeses), chitosan or chitin (used as food coloring), and bonito (in some Japanese seaweed garnish sprinkles).  See also;  Helpful tips on making offerings [PDF]


- Gelatin is used in Jell-O®.  Look for products made with agar agar instead.  Or make your own from store-bought agar agar (commonly carried by Asian grocers.)  Gelatin is used in non-vegetarian marshmallow and some candy as well.  It is also used in capsules for medicine, so look for "vegetarian capsules" or choose a different formulation. 


- Pungent plants to avoid:  Garlic, chives, leeks, onions, scallions,  shallots, and asafoetida (hingu, heeng, hing)


- A no-no combination:  Do not cook spinach and tofu together.


- No endorsement is intended, but there are vegan alternatives available in health food stores and online, such as Vegenaise® and Vegan Gourmet® Dairy Alternatives.  Or try out some online recipes on vegan mayonnaise which you can make in a blender with basic ingredients such as soy milk, safflower oil (or any vegetable oil, plus olive oil), apple cider vinegar (optional), lemon juice and sea salt.  Either blend the dry ingredients with oil first, then slowly add the liquid (soy milk), or alternatively, blend the dry ingredients in liquid, then add in the oil one drop at a time. Use about 2 parts oil to 1 part  soy milk, and a couple tablespoons of lemon juice.  Maple syrup, mustard, paprika, hot sauce and black pepper are optional.


Lastly, a lot like quitting smoking or drinking, you have to make your environment conducive to achieving your goals.  Allow a few days to get ready.  Purge foods you no longer will be eating from your environment.  Talk to your family, friends and co-workers ahead of time to get their support.  Surround yourself with individuals who are positive and supportive.  If you ever slip, get right back on track.  In time, you may notice an improvement in your temperament, meditation skill and your ability to focus.  Best of luck to you!





- New!  Berkeley Monastery's vegan recipes 新! 法界宗教研究院柏克萊聖寺淨素食譜(英文)


Appetizers & Salads






Curry Wild Rice


Spicy Mushroom Wontons


Shimeji Mushroom Penne




Stuffed Jumbo Shells 


Kabocha Gnocchi 


Mashed Potato with Mushroom Gravy


Vietnamese Curry


Baked Samosas


Grilled Kabob


- Photo albums + recipes:  Vegetarian meals served at Long Beach Sagely Monastery 長堤聖寺淨素午齋集錦 + 食譜(英文)

  Steamed Bak Choy with Fresh Mushroom, Tofu, Bell Pepper and Ginger.  Recipe...

  Banh Khot (Vietnamese Mini Savory Pancakes).  Recipe...

Kiwi and Berries Cake.  Recipe...



Vegan Recipes (in English) published by Avatamsaka Monastery [PDF]


Table of Content:

Black Bean with Assorted Vegetable
Spaghetti Sauce
Bean Curd Sheet with Preserved Bean Curd
Bean Curd Sheet Roll
Vegetarian Bits
Banana Bread
Best Corn Bread
Veggie Bun
Tofu Burger
Vegetarian Burger (one serving)
Three Color Cake (Sweet)
Orange Cake
Potato Cakes
Sun Cake
Water Chestnut Cake

Curry (for 4 people)
Tofu Dessert
Chickpea Dip
Vegetarian Dumpling
Vegetarian Rice Dumpling
Prepared Gluten
Fried Gluten Balls in Tomato Sauce
Multi-Color Fresh Fruit Juice
Apple Pie
Oatmeal Apricot Cookies
Braised Winter Melon (Dong Kwa)
Black Glutinous Rice Porridge Dessert
Banana Walnut Muffins (yields 12)
Stuffed Mushrooms with Lotus Root
Stuffed Papaya
Five Spice Peanuts
Couscous Salad

Mandarin Salad

Chickpea Salad
Chickpea Salad
Seaweed Salad
Bean Curd Sheet Sandwich
Flavored Seaweed
Vietnamese Side Dish
Apple Soup
Barley vegetable soup
Hot and Sour Soup
Winter Melon Soup
Quinoa with vegetable soup
Seaweed soup
Soy bean sprout soup
Taro Root
French Toast
Tofu Flat
Fried Tofu with Mushroom



Recipes (in English & Chinese) featured in the CTTB 2007 calendar [PDF]

萬佛聖城2007年月曆中英食譜  [PDF]





華嚴聖寺出版 素食譜 [PDF]






鹵素粒 (麵筋粒)

素包 (素菜包)


三色糕 (甜)













釀冬菇 (香菇)

烤 (焗)木瓜







腐皮三文治 (豆皮三明治)











臺北法界出版 香積世界:食譜目錄


- 新!更多的素食譜:請點選每期的 法界電子報 的「健康聰明吃」單元。





臺北法界出版 法界食譜:食譜目錄





臺北法界出版 菜根飄香食譜:食譜目錄



臺北法界出版 御廚果觀:食譜目錄




Chanting  唱誦

Meal Offering Ceremony 上供‧臨齋儀(英文)

(0:23:01) (5.3MB)  [m3u]  [mp3]


The three virtues and the six flavors

Are offered to the Buddhas and the Sangha;

To all beings of the Dharma Realm

We render this universal offering.


Now as we have this meal before us,

We make a vow for all living beings:

May they take dhyana bliss for food

And be full with the joy of the Dharma!




1. 清淨德,謂:供佛僧之食,常使清潔,無葷穢之氣。
   2. 柔軟德,謂:供佛僧之食,常須柔軟甘和而無麤澀之味。
   3. 如法德,謂:供佛僧之食,當隨時措辦製造得宜。




Three Recollections and Five Contemplations

The Three Recollections:

  1. First Spoon:  I vow to cut off all evil.

  2. Second Spoon:  I vow to cultivate all good.

  3. Third Spoon:  I vow to save all living beings.


The Five Contemplations:

  1. Consider the amount of work involved to bring the food to where it is eaten.

  2. Consider whether or not one's virtuous conduct is sufficient to enable one to accept the offering.

  3. Guard the mind from transgression, of which greed is the principal cause.

  4. Properly taken, the food is like medicine to keep the body from wasting away.

  5. This food is accepted only in order to accomplish the Way.


【三 念】



【五 觀】


They who practice making offerings

Will certainly obtain their reward;

They who take delight in giving

Will later surely find peace and happiness.

Now that the meal has been concluded,

We make a vow for all living beings:

May they have success in all they do, and

Be perfect in all Buddha-Dharma!


所謂布施者 必獲其利益 若為樂故施 後必得安樂

飯食已訖 當願衆生 所作皆辦 具諸佛法

Helpful Tips on Making Offerings


On Making Offerings [PDF]





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The Shurangama Sutra


Re:  The Five Pungenet Plants

Please note:  Asafoetida (commonly known as "hing", "hingu", "heeng", "asafetida", etc) is gaining in popularity.  It may be added to so-called vegetarian dishes to give a hint of garlic-like flavor.

- The 5 pungent plants:  garlic, chives, leeks, shallots (& onions & scallions), asafoetida (hing, hingu, heeng, Ferula assafoetida, angedan, devil's dung, stinking gum, asant, food of the gods, giant fennel, ) See:   Asafoetida on Wikipedia


提醒善信注意:「興渠」(俗稱 hing, hingu, heeng, asafetida等)在美國已日漸普遍,加在某些標榜素食中,取其近於蒜味但非蒜 ,不知者誤爲淨食用。

- 五辛:大蒜大蔥薤(包括青蔥、洋蔥、、小蒜類、藠頭、薙頭、薤白頭、野蒜、蕗藠、藠頭、蕗蕎、蕎頭 、野韭、火蔥)、興渠 (是Hingu的音譯學名Ferula assafoetida。產於伊朗、阿富汗等地高二公尺之草本植物,其臭如蒜,根莖所渗汁液,凝固為辛香料,名「阿 魏多由印度、阿富汗加工出口。)

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About eggs



- The egg yolk transform into the chick’s belly, which is replete with all five organs....  From observing how a mother hen hatches her chicks, we can see that the chicken’s world is made from false thinking....

- Chickens lay eggs with or without the rooster....

- But in the future when you are reborn as a chicken, you will know that it was because you ate chicken eggs....

- 你看小雞子的肚子就是蛋黃變的,裏邊五臟都有了...由母雞孵雞蛋這一點來看,雞的世界就是由妄想造成的....卵因想生

- 雞蛋不論有沒有公雞都會生小雞子,不會不生的...

- 譬如吃齋,說吃個雞蛋沒有關係,將來你去做雞的時候,就知道是從吃雞蛋來的....

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About honey




The five kinds of pure meat, honey, the first people were heavenly beings from the Light Sound Heaven....




Cherishing Life, Liberating Life &

Life-nurturing Vegetarian Resources



談吃素(1) Vegetarianism(1)

Vegetarianism (1 ) 談吃素(1)

Vegetarianism (2 ) 談吃素(2)

Vegetarianism (3 ) 談吃素(3)

Vegetarianism (4 ) 談吃素(4)

>> 51 videos on YouTube's DRBAdharma's Channel by DRBAChinese 法總中文網站在YouTube的頻道



Changing Violence into Compassion

by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

...floods...tornados & hurricanes... warfare will be ubiquitous when people enjoy killing; peace...when people cherish life....  



Natural & Manmade Disasters

Caused by Killing

by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

...Everyone has an atomic bomb (afflictions) waiting for the right opportunity to explode...  



The Five Precepts & the Ten Goodnesses

End Disasters

by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

Due to living beings' karma, various disasters occur in the world.... 



The Most Serious Retribution

by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

...the most serious retribution comes from killing.... 



Eating Flesh: Pros and Cons

by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua


The Tao is near but people seek afar; things are easy, but people seek what's difficult..... 



new Q & A on Vegetarianism

Can we become enlightened though we eat meat?



How strange!  How bizarre!









肉字裏邊兩個人 裏邊罩著外邊人
眾生還吃眾生肉 仔細思量人吃人




















The Stew in the Pot:

For 100s of 1,000s of years ...

If you wish to know why there are calamities & wars in the world.... 


For Hundreds and Thousands of Years... (Chinese) 











宋朝 願雲禪師 戒殺詩

千百年來碗裏羹 冤深似海恨難(或作“如海”)

欲知世上刀兵劫 但聽屠門夜半聲 (或作“試聼”“半夜聲”)

For countless years the bitter stew of hate goes boiling on;

Its vengeful broth is ocean-deep, impossible to calm.

To learn the cause of so much conflict, terror, hate and war,

listen to the cries at midnight by the butcher's door. 

-Dhyana Master "Cloud of Vows", Sung Dynasty



new Being Vegetarian and Reciting the Buddha's Name are the Only Ways to Protect the Nation and Quell Disasters

by Great Master Yin Guang [Seal Light] (1861-1941)


new  On Stopping Killing!

An Essay By Great Master Lianchi Zhuhung [Lotus Pool] [Aspiration Magnanimous] (1535-1615)
People who eat meat often make the excuse that it is natural to do so, that people were meant to eat meat.





 CTTB's Vegetarianism Webpage:  Stories...

- New!  Diet for World Peace


CTTB's Vegetarian Food Page萬佛聖城各種口味的齋菜


CTTB's Jyun Kang [Your Health] Restaurant

Veggie NoodleBroccoli with CashewsSweet & Sour Tofu

Eggplant with BasilCurry Noodle SoupMushroom with Mixed Greens

Mushroom & Tomato Soup



 DRBA's Vegetaian Resources

- Scriptures, Poems, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua's Talks, & More...



DRBA [Viet] website's Vegetarinism (in English) page:

- Flash presentations, videos, Q&A's & more....


Now Showing on PETA TV®

Meet Your Meat: Chickens  Meet Your Meat: Chickens
Meet Your Meat: Egg-Laying Hens  Meet Your Meat: Egg-Laying Hens
45 Days in Hell: The Life and Death of a 'Broiler' Chicken  45 Days in Hell: The Life and Death of a "Broiler" Chicken
 Silent Suffering: Egg Farm Investigation  Silent Suffering: Egg Farm Investigation
Meet Your Meat: Cows
Meet Your Meat: Dairy
Meet Your Meat: Pigs Meet Your Meat: Pigs
Belcross Farms Investigation (North Carolina) Belcross Farms Investigation (North Carolina)
Seaboard Farms Investigation (Oklahoma) Seaboard Farms Investigation (Oklahoma)
Foie Gras: Delicacy of Despair Foie Gras: Delicacy of Despair
French Foie Gras French Foie Gras


Slaughterhouse: Inside the Meat Industry






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