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Mala Magazine
Issue #6 November 2016

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Mo-Mo!   Tibetan mo-mo are indisputably the national dish. Traditionally in central Tibet, there were only meat(sha) momos, however eventually alternatives began to appear as well. Typical veggie momos (tsel) are stuffed with a potato filling, more modern combinations include tofu, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms to make momos that are light and delicious. They can be eaten with soy sauce, or for a more authentic taste, with sepen, a brick-red chile paste. Recipes for you and your family to make and enjoy:
https://simplytibetan.com/2013/02/24/momo/
https://tnp.org/vegetarian-momo-recipe/

Come to the 6th Annual Momo Crawl festival - Queens, NY on Sunday, November 6th.

KARMA

"Karma" is a term of active force, which indicates that future events are within your hands. 
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Any habit is a good example of how karma works, because whenever we engage in a habit, it acts as a potential for doing the same thing the next time. The more we do, the stronger the tendency to do it again until it is an automatic response, an impulse. Karma explains where feeling and impulse are generated and provides a roadmap for the consequences of any action of body, speech or mind. With conscious action we can make choices that influence our habits and subsequently, our karma.

An iron chain bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo, a 14th century Buddhist adept and pioneering civil engineer who was also considered to be the father of Tibetan opera. He built 58 iron suspension bridge in Tibet and Bhutan  several of which are still in use today. Thangtong's  influence on European chain bridges is documented in several studies.  He is also famously known to have built the great Kumbum stupa at Chung Riwoche.  He is considered to be a visionary and icon in the arts -  and is believed to be the most widely traveled person in Tibetan history! 
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Tsakli. Gouache on cotton. 15th century. Tibet House US Repatriation Art Collection.

Tsaklis are small cards of layered stiffened handmade paper or of sized cloth, painted on one side and often with a Tibetan syllable, word, line, or several lines of calligraphy on the reverse. They are assembled into sets and depict specific deities for use in rituals which may include empowerment ceremonies, transmission of teachings, and funerals.   

Peacemaking Conference: The Power of Non Violence, San Francisco, 1998. Pictured here: Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Rigoberta Menchu, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Jose Ramos Horta, translators Rosa Rodriquez and Thupten Jinpa
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Did you know... the original Tibetan Book of the Dead was found around 1365 by a teenager exploring caves.  The first translation by Walter Evans-Wentz was published over 400 years later in 1927  by Oxford University Press. 

November 5   -     Earth-Water day, an auspicious day filled with happiness 
November 12  -     An auspicious day  to hang prayer flags
November 14 -      Full Moon and this is an auspicious day to cut your hair 
November 20 -     Lha Bab Duchen Festival - on this day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times!
 
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