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At Thitpin Podcast, we like to get deep into the subject! Today, we truly dive deeper to get answers to the following three main questions. Why do people have a disconnection with nature? How can we do walking meditation and become more connected with our relationship to the natural environment? What are the approaches to the design process with Buddhist philosophies? Get settled, grab a notebook and uncover the answers in the second part of my conversation with Venerable Dr Khammai Dhammasami.

Show Notes

"We want to serve humanity but we can only do so as much as the ecological environment allows us to do”
 - Venerable Dr Khammai Dhammasami  

One of the key takeaways from this episode is that fear and self-centeredness are the fundamental emotions that can impact our relationship with the environment. Before we begin to think about changing the natural environment around us, we need to understand our mind and our emotions. On a bad day, not only can we become disconnected with the people around us, our community, but also feel distant to our ecological environment, including the trees and wildlife. The interconnected feeling we get from being in nature is essentially a reflection of our own inner emotions, which allows us to reflect on the cyclic systems of our ecosystem and not create a negative impact.

Aspects of design consists of having these three things: a Vision, a Budget and considering the Needs. The Needs include Human Needs and Environment Needs. If we have to sacrifice one of these critical factors of design, usually people sacrifice the Environment. Before we carry out the design process, we must be mindful and observe; we must plant more trees and we must ask ourselves: am I focusing on my own self-centred needs? Am I focusing on the human needs more than the environmental needs?

Finally, the word of the episode from Venerable Dr Dhammasami is Pro-Social, which is from Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science, meaning to have a set of thinking, emotion or behaviour that impacts society as a whole. Relating back to the earlier points, the definition can extend to include the ecological environment. As told by Venerable Dr Dhammasami, "You cannot be Pro-Social if you are not Pro-Environment. If you are Pro-Environment alone and you ignore the suffering of the people, that Pro-Environment cannot sustain itself."

If you want to learn more about Oxford Buddha Vihara, please visit the website:
They hold a monthly meditation retreat at the Forest of Dean and Oxford. I highly recommend attending, especially to inquire into your own mind and the subject of relating Buddhist philosophies to the landscape around us. You can also get in touch with me to find out more. 
Music by the talented guitarist and composer, Vlad Cuiujuclu. The track name is "Nocturne for Anastasiya".

What is THITPIN?

Thitpin podcast is a fun and exploratory mission to uncover the layers of landscape, our relationship towards it and beyond what we define as our landscape to unearth and connect with people and places, ideas and history thereby connecting ultimately with landscape itself.

Each month brings a range of guests such as, from a monk to an environmental journalist, designers and artists, whose expertise, passion and knowledge will give us all the perspective of what it is like to experience the landscape from their standpoint.

A combination of factual research with intimate, personal and passionate conversations, this podcast is a must listen for curious minds that want to go in depth on a journey of uncovering and exploring the landscape around us.