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Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


December 27, 2007

Venerable Dhammananda

Abbot – Buddhasavika Foundation (Thailand)

Today’s Date: 29 November 2007

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

I travel often, when I return to the Temple, my dog greeted me. She would be jumping around & really happy that I return. This is the biggest impact, I never had this pure joy to welcome me home from any other human beings.

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

I love the sea. Every summer I would take my sons(?) to the beach.

Now? As an ordained person, I do not go to the beach any longer. Instead we do the chanting outdoors on the full moon night.

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is and why?

My favorite animals are dogs. They are clever, they express their love sincerely, openly. They never turn away from you even the times when they get punishment, instead they are very submissive and needy for punishment.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

Consumerism. We are urged in all ways to consume even when there is no need for it. The greatest challenge is when we have to look at ourselves, self-examination to see ourselves in a larger context to realize that when we consume carelessly many people starve on our carelessness.

5. If you could give one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

We are nature. Destroy nature is destroy one’s self, one’s nation, future generations.

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