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These three lamas are the official chefs at Ki Gompa (Monastery) and their job is to make 2 meals for between 90 to 200 resident monks.This duty will be for a whole year before the next 3 are chosen.

They cook out of a small kitchen ...with a wood burning fireplace. The wood is chopped by a different team.The open skylight above them is both a source of light as well as the chimney allowing smoke out through the roof!

During summer the light is good through supper time but in the winter they cook by the light of a small oil lamp and the moonlight through the roof!

Day in day out this routine is borne with the smiling calm that is what Buddhism is all about ....take life by the smooth handle...accept what comes your way and improve it while you're at it!!!

I was welcomed and given an everpresent plastic chair to sit on..and a cup of tea....they ( the plastic chairs) may at times spoil the timeframe of the picture but without plastic our lives would be a lot poorer so I did not clone the ones in the background out!

Enjoy Himachal!

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