The mission of The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) is conserving the area based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana.
Tri Hita Karana is ones of philosophy in Hinduism. Tri Hita Karana is derived from the word of “Tri” meaning three, “Hita” which means happiness, and “Karana” which means the cause or manner. Thus, Tri Hita Karana means “Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”.
The substance of doctrine of Tri Hita Karana is how to make people maintain a harmonious relationship in this life. Those three relationships comprise of harmonious relationships between humans and humans, humans and their environment, and humans with The Supreme God.
The implementation of Tri Hita Karana, in addition to the ritual performed in the temples, can be seen in a special ritual activities related to animal, called Tumpek Kandang; and Tumpek Uduh, where the animal and plant is the subject of the ritual.
Based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana, The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) will be a featured of international tourist destination to create peace and harmony to the visitors. As well as can be the heart of the city, the conservation of rare plants and plants for ritual purpose, and as a natural laboratory for educational institutions.
Research and Conservation
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) is not just a tourist attractions or important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community, but also an important spot for research and conservation programs.
The special management and arrangement that have been done in this area encouraged researchers from various research institutions around the world to conduct a research, particularly on the monkey’s social interaction and behavior with their surrounding environment.