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If The Buddha Came To Dinner:
How to Nourish Your Body to Awaken Your Spirit

By Hale Sofia Schatz

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ISBN 10: 078686883X
320 pages

“Imagine for a moment that the Buddha is coming to dinner. What would you prepare? Most likely you wouldn’t run out for fast-food burgers and onion rings. Instead, you’d spend time shopping and cooking the freshest, most tasty, wholesome meal you could produce with your very own hands, in your very own kitchen.

Now, let’s imagine that you too are a spiritual being — which you are! — what would you feed yourself?”
–from If the Buddha Came to Dinner

Many people don’t realize that the simple daily act of eating can be a profound catalyst for spiritual growth, from experiencing a renewed sense of vitality to living a richer and more satisfying life. That’s because each time we eat we have the opportunity to pay attention, care for ourselves, and feed the real source of our hunger: our spirit. Nourishment isn’t a fad diet but a lifelong journey, and Halé Sofia Schatz is the ideal guide. Gentle, wise, and humorous, she shows us how to feed our Buddha within. A perfect blend of inspirational guidance and practical suggestions, If the Buddha Came to Dinner includes guidelines for selecting vital foods, tips for keeping your energy balanced throughout the day, a cleansing program, and recipes to awaken your palate.


“Everybody who cares about their long-term health would do well to read this book and experiment with this simple and powerful way of bringing mindfulness and sensitivity to our relationship to food, to what’s cooking, and to who’s eating.” –Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

“Halé Sofia Schatz translates the wisdom of the oldest cultures on earth to our modern lives, showing us how to reclaim our health and, in the process, ourselves. Her work is subtle, joyful, and transformational.” –David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., director, Obesity Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

“Halé Sofia Schatz has developed a truly unique approach to nourishment. The profound practice she teaches is both pragmatic and highly effective.” –Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddhist Heart

“Halé changed my life. I never have dinner without her.” –Andre Gregory, director, actor, playwright, star of My Dinner With Andre

“Halé inspires us to see our dinner plate in a new yet ancient light, leading us back to the sensual, healthful relationship with food that is our birthright as human beings.” –Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook and Sunlight Café


Transformational Nourishment

The most visible joy can only reveal itself to us when we?ve transformed it, within.
–Rainier Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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If The Buddha Came To Dinner:
How to Nourish Your Body to Awaken Your Spirit