Dervish Kitchen Staff Manual
"This is your mission of peace to serve the people"
"Kitchen duty is awarded only to those of manifest excellence, who exhibit deep faith in Dharma teachings, have a wealth of experience, and possess a righteous and benevolent heart. This is because kitchen duty involves the whole person... If one without the true Dharma spirit were to perform the kitchen duties, they would commit errors of judgment and inconvenience many, thus resulting in much loss..."
The Master Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, from Tenzo Kyokun
The Dervish Kitchen Motto:
"All things, to give light, must endure burning!"
In the heat and clamor of a kitchen in full production mode, the cook provides the focus, the axis, around which a vast, complex motion spins. Finding the stillness in that cyclone, like the dervishes whirling in Sema, can be the hardest things we've ever done and the best thing. Abrading against time and materials and personalities, we can, God willing, clean the rust from the mirror of out hearts. We expect to work hard, because this gives us the greatest joy.
""Human perspiration is not impure."
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (R.A.), quoting Hadith
Since we work hard, we get to rest hard.
""My secret? My secret is controlled schizophrenia."
Murshid Samuel Lewis
Psychic isometrics! Pumping Dharma makes our spiritual bodies strong!
""Too much is always better than not enough."
J.R. "Bob" Dobbs
The kitchen is the place between groceries and teeth.
""If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
If you can't stand the light...
"Keep It Simple"
"We're Here To Cook, Not To Worry"
"What's in the Walk-In?"
"Watch Your Breath"
Qur'an says that Allah created us as a test.
from Serving the Guest: A Sufi Cookbook