The Monastery Cook

Tenpa Choedar is a Tibetan refugee and the head cook of the Namgyal Monastery, in Dharamshala, India, the home of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile. At great risk, Tenpa and his family fled Tibet so they could practice their religion freely and their children could receive an education in Tibetan language and history. In October 2011, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a series of public teachings for four days, where Tenpa and his staff prepared breakfast and lunch for over 5,000 people in attendance.