Tibetan Stories

The Monastery Cook

Tenpa Choedar is a Tibetan refugee and the head cook of Namgyal Monastery, in Dharamsala, 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 a Tibetan education. In October 2011, 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.

In Tibet, we knew how to pray, but we never really understood the deeper meanings.
— Tenpa Choedar