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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!


June 24, 2008

Zenkei Blanche Hartman

Senior Dharma Teacher – San Francisco Zen Center

Today’s Date: 12 April 2008

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

1) A bear in the garbage can near the bathroom I was in, in upper Yosemite Park.
2) The warm foot of a bluejay on my cheek as he took a piece of bread out of my hand as I was putting the bread in my mouth.
3) Lying under the stars watching the Perseid meteor shower when I was six.

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

Yes, a hidden grotto with ferns and a waterfall maybe 10’ high in the woods ¼ mile behind my house.

Now? Yes a Zen Monastery / hot springs deep in the Santa Lucia mountains in Monterey County, California

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

Chimpanzees because they are so much like us. Dogs because they are so loyal and loving (especially Golden Retrievers and Border Collies).

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?

Global warming

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

Please be very aware of your use of natural resources and all energy and water use and minimize your consumption for the benefit of all beings who share and will share the planet in the future.

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1 comment:

  1. A zen master who was a chimp handler? it all makes sense now!