Trip II: Nam Chung in Depth
In the recent heated debate of land use, it seems that farmland is deemed “valuable” only if it is used for putting up buildings. However, a group of people living in Nam Chung opposes this view. They have taken the initiative to found the Partnership for Eco-Agriculture and the Conservation of Earth (PEACE), working hard on land rehabilitation.
With PEACE leading the way, we visited Nam Chung to engage in farming and practice meditation. During the trip, we experienced firsthand what Thich Nhat Hanh meant by “interbeing” in the Heart of Understanding, and reflected on the adverse effects of human intervention in nature, as warned by Rachael Carson in Silent Spring.
In addition to gaining direct experience of the classics, students can get bonus marks for In Dialogue with Humanity and In Dialogue with Nature by filling in a questionnaire and writing a reflection. They can also have one more choice of topics for the term paper. On completing Trip II, some twenty students submitted a reflection on the visit and the related classics. Some of the excellent writings can be found here.
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