Thursday, August 23, 2007

Post your Lay Groups!

Hello all!
One of the things I'd like to accomplish with this blog is to help Buddhist servicemembers connect with each other. I know many of us Buddhists feel isolated in the military; if we could find each other and share support, this definitely could help with our morale and our positive identification as Buddhists. If you know of a lay Buddhist group at your base or on your ship, or where a Buddhist lay leader is located, please contact me to post on this blog.
There will be a separate section listing which installations to find lay or support groups.
Namo Amida Butsu!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

As a Vietnam veteran who is also a practicing Buddhist, I want to say that I believe this site fills a genuine need. My opinions reflect one of the statements of this site - that military service is in accord with "Right Livelihood." The exercise of force with compassion is not, I believe a violation of the tenets, and in my opinion, events in Sri Lanka bear this out. If members of this site have not done so already, I would suggest reading a slim volume by Paul R. Fleischmann called "The Buddha Taught Nonviolence, Not Pacifism," which he wrote after 9/11. Metta to all Buddhist members and others of the military and veterans, particularly those in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Terry Koch
New York

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