Tag Archives: Veterans-Day

Veterans Day-The Wounds of Combat Can Be Healed

As an ex-GI, I often find my heart and loving-kindness practice embracing our enlisted men and women throughout the world, and especially those in war zones. War is hell. That’s no cliché, and only those who have been in combat can truly testify to what that phrase means. That’s why around Veterans Day I highlighted the […]

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At Hell’s Gate—confronting suffering to end violence

Excerpt from At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace by Claude Anshin Thomas “We all desire happiness—what is good, pleasant, right, permanent, joyful, harmonious, satisfying, and easy. But life often brings frustration, dissatisfaction, incompleteness, and sorrow.  It is this suffering that leads to violence against ourselves and against others, and coming to […]

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Veterans Day Book-At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace by Claude Anshin Thomas

At Hell’s Gate by Claude Anshin Thomas is one of the most powerful, moving books I’ve ever read in  terms of understanding war and the effects of war on people.  I think only All Quiet on the Western Front had a greater emotional impact on me. Not that At Hell’s Gate is “great literature.“  On the […]

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Metta-Care: Bill Moyers Documentary “The Good Soldier”

“As America prepares to observe Veterans Day and President Obama weighs sending more troops to fight in Afghanistan, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL broadcasts a powerful documentary about the impact on soldiers of learning to kill – or be killed. THE GOOD SOLDIER follows four veterans – one from World War II, two from Vietnam, and the […]

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