There’s a growing consensus among Buddhists that the Dalai Mahasaya’s restaurant is not for the layman, but is instead for monks.
That’s why they are calling it Dingfelders, or The Dalai Lama Restaurant, according to The Lad.
In an article published last month, the publication said the restaurant is the site of a religious meeting that takes place on Sundays, when the Dalai is supposed to deliver a speech.
“It’s the only place he can visit in the world and has no visitors,” the article said.
The Dalai Lama has never set foot in the US, but his followers believe that the monk, who has been living in exile in India for more than 60 years, is well-versed in their culture.
He has visited the US twice, once in 1994 and again in 2008, during which he delivered a speech at a church service.
The Lad, an American Buddhist publication, said the Dalai has not visited the country since 2008, but the newspaper quoted him as saying in 2013 that he “loves India.”
In his first visit to India in February 2018, he was welcomed by a large crowd and held court in the city of Vadodara, the Lad said.
During his visit, the Dalai was photographed sitting on a hilltop with the head of a tiger.
The article said the monks at Dingfelders are expected to serve “a special version of the traditional Tibetan cuisine, and it’s one of the best in the country.”
“It also has the traditional Buddhist prayers, including a special Tibetan version of ‘Karmachakra,’ which is the Tibetan prayer for the blessings of life,” the Lad wrote.
“Dingfelder is a place where monks can go to meet with their holy brothers and share their Buddhist philosophy.”
DingFelders website says that “we have a strong tradition of serving traditional Tibetan food that is both vegetarian and gluten-free.”
It also offers “free, low-carb, vegan, paleo, pale, and gluten free” desserts.
The website also said that there are “vegan, non-GMO, and organic” options available at the restaurant, and that the restaurant’s menu is “diverse” with vegetarian, vegan and gluten alternatives.