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Buddhadharma : Spri 2007
buddhadharma| 9 |spring 2007 on the edge of their seat to rush off and kill another human being, regardless of world events. What I have seen repeatedly during my career are those who volunteer time and time again, risking their own lives to give to others. For instance, in December 2004, after the tsunami struck numerous countries around the Indian Ocean, the Air Force flew hundreds of missions to bring in cargo, supplies, and relief aid. We may not be textbook models of the perfect Buddhist, but I do what I can in my own way to make the moment I am in bet- ter for myself and for those around me. Ed Crites Cambridge, England I was deeply saddened by the letters from Mr. Bartelt and Ms. Taylor, which you printed in your Winter issue. I must ask of each of them, Where in the teach- ings of the Buddha does he express that the dharma is meant only for some people but not for others? Where does he teach that the seeds of the dharma fall on unfit or sterile ground when heard by one who is serving in the military? The real war waged is the one within our own hearts and mind. You cannot claim to be for peace while anger, judg- ments, and divisiveness motivate your thoughts, words, and deeds. Lynn McDougal McKenzie Bridge, Oregon Your article “A Well Grounded Air Force” generated some negative feedback from readers. I personally found the article interesting, and I commend your magazine for providing so many varied stories about how the dharma is unfolding all over the world. This is a great service to readers. The suffering created by those individ- uals who are part of the military may be more readily apparent, but most of us are creating suffering for ourselves and others in the exact same way from our unmindful actions. We are all in need of practice, and what type of dharma would deny practice to soldiers or to anyone for that matter? Through authentic Buddhist practice, there is the possibility that these soldiers may see more clearly into the cause-and- effect nature of their actions, and that is a necessary step toward changing those actions, for soldiers and for everyone. Allen Broadman Montval, New Jersey Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism ZEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY ONE MONTH RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM Abbot John Daido Loori Konrad Ryushin Marchaj Resident Priest Comprehensive introduction to Zen The Eight Gates of training matrix Weekend and week-long retreats and sesshins Monastic and lay residential community Set on 250 acres in the Catskills surrounded by a nature preserve Easily accessible from all northeast cities For more information • (845) 688-2228 • email@example.com or visit our award-winning website www.mro.org