About The Foundation Teaching Center is Growing in Public Awareness

Alison St. John of KPBS will share “a glimpse” of the vision.

Alison St. John, the North County Bureau Chief of KPBS and long time attendee of Deep Sound Meditations interviewed Deep and others to capture the story of Deep’s vision and the collaborative effort to implement this vision for a later broadcast on KPBS television.

Deep’s vision is to build a Teaching Center that creates permanent jobs while teaching villagers to build earthquake resistant homes in Nepal.

This vision has brought about a collaborative effort with many San Diego based groups including the Encinitas Mindfulness Community, Hubble and Hubble Architects, the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Builders Without Borders, Priority 1 Projects and the Miller Hull Partnership. In Nepal, Engineers Without Borders and Bishwa Seva Nepal are deeply involved in implementing the work of this San Diego collaboration.

Deep’s collaborative vision is the story KPBS wants to present to San Diego.

Professor Joseph Kennedy, architect and co-founder of Builders Without Borders walks Alison St. John through some the designs and renderings created by his fourth year architectural students at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. There are nine students from three different countries contributing to this project.

Volunteer architect and recent sustainable village Nepalese project manager
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Ian Kaplan and Miller Hull architect Jeffrey Troutman are also assisting, pro bono, in guiding the students in developing a culturally sensitive and wisely designed project.

San Diego Nepalese natives, (including members of Deep’s family) Nepalese Peace Corp workers and temple priests are also consulting on the project.

The Foundation has acquired the first piece of land in Nepal and is in the process of acquiring the last parcel. The Teaching Center will be zoned as an extension of the school the Foundation already supports in Nepal.

As a Teaching Center featuring earthquake “safe”homes, the site design is being created to accommodate a large flow of visitors. There will be several culturally sensitive homes built with sustainable and earthquake resistant techniques. There will be separate structures for class rooms and dorm rooms. A practice construction demonstration area and sustainable agriculture will also be part of the project.

Deep’s vision for a safe and prosperous Nepal is a vision a growing number of people are working on to make a reality. We will be asking, in the near future for your help too. This is a shared collaborative vision with ample room for everybody to support it!