Forest Immersion: Shinrin-Yoku as Novasutras Practice

Explore the history, practice and science of "forest bathing", and how it can help you deepen your connection with all other beings in loving-kindness, with the complex wonder and sacred beauty of the universe, with what we call agaya and ubuntu in Novasutras. Shinrin-yoku practice may help you become a more effective agent for increasing ubuntu and agaya in the world.

Roots of Agaya

Agaya came from merging the words agape and Gaia. Gaia references the Gaia Theory that Earth systems interact to promote life's resilience. Agape is divine, altruistic love.

The Cosmos in the Tree, as seen by Thích Nhất Hạnh

A wonderful quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh provides a lovely illustration of agaya "...I looked into the tree and I saw the whole cosmos in it..." Another expresses ubuntu "We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea; the time has come for all to live as one."