The “Ricetta Milano” lunch a huge success, Guan Yin Citta Milan
On June 23, 2018, a crowd of 10 thousand people attended the “Ricetta Milano” lunch at the Milano Sempione Park in Milan, Italy. As part of the “Together Without Walls” event, the multi-ethnic lunch was held with a 2.5km long table. Many immigrant associations and local organizations attended this event and prepared a wide variety of food for free tasting. It aims to boost cultural exchange and strengthen community ties. The city mayor, Giuseppe Sala, said, “I am very happy to see so many Chinese attending this gathering. Chinese food is my favorite. Milan is my motherland and I hope that this is also your motherland.”
As one of the most influential local organizations in Milan, Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Buddhist Association of Italy was invited to attend this event. Volunteers from Guan Yin Citta brought dozens of delicious vegetarian dishes and distributed free to public. With a lot of heart and soul put into the promotion of Vegetarianism, the volunteers from Guan Yin Citta spent three days and two nights on the food preparation. Despite the hard work, everyone felt happy and satisfied to be able to prepare meals for so many people. One of the volunteers said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to put my time to good use. The volunteering experiences teach me to become more motivated and responsible, and I believe these experiences help a great deal in my Buddhist practice of giving which has been especially emphasized by Master Jun Hong Lu multiple times. “
As the world’s renowned Buddhist Master, Jun Hong Lu has been dedicating to the promotion of Buddhism and Chinese Culture. His Dharma Talks and Buddhism in Plain Terms teach us that giving is one of the essential preliminary steps of Buddhist practice. It is of prime importance in the mental purification. And it is the best weapon against greed. All the volunteers and Buddhist practitioners from Guan Yin Citta are following Master Jun Hong Lu’s teachings, volunteering their time and energy to give back to communities.
The dazzling vegetarian food attracted many attendees’ interests. The volunteers were busily introducing the benefits of vegetarianism to the people, ranging from increased energy, more desirable cholesterol levels, and more. Aside from these vital personal attributes, a lifestyle of non-animal ingredients has a very favorable impact on the environment. One of the attendees said, “I am incredibly impressed by young volunteers from your chapter who go vegetarian despite all of the barriers to doing so. The food you provided is delicious and I picked up so much health information relative to the vegetarian diet. Thank you so much!”