Wednesday, January 12, 2011

An Interview with an American Buddhist Soldier in Afghanistan

Sensei Trevor Maloney, a Zen priest in Austin, TX, recently posted an interview he conducted with Buddhist soldier and two-time Bronze Star Medal recipient, 1st Lt. Stephen J. Hunnewell. I corresponded via email with 1stLT Hunnewell while in Afghanistan, but we never met as we were stationed in separate areas of the country. Sensei Maloney kindly sent me the link to the interview, which is on his blog, The Big Old Oak Tree. Please read it. I am grateful to him for doing this interview, which will hopefully present another perspective on Buddhists serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Thank you Sensei!

Namo Amida Butsu

1 comment:

Wendi: Chief Ambassador of Dharma Wisdom said...

I was reminded of the power of a Buddhist Practice when Lt. Hunnewell speaks about "Developing a practice has helped me to cope with some of the stressors and post-traumatic stressors which have been a result of prolonged combat."
Given that you have no physical sangha, I would like you to introduce you to a wonderful resource for people, like yourself, who are trying to live the Buddhist principles in every day life. And how incredibly challenging, given your day to day job, that can be. Best of luck on your journey. And thank you for serving our country.

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