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Walking the Tiger's Path with Paul Kendel


with Paul Kendel
January 27 / 11:30 AM - January 27 / 12:30 PM

Sergeant Paul M. Kendel is a former Georgia National Guardsman stationed in Iraq in 2005-6. Within a matter of weeks he became disillusioned with the American mission and with the aggression starting to overwhelm members of his unit. He found himself reading Sakyong Mipham’s book Turning the Mind into an Ally and resonating with its message of how to calm the mind and develop an attitude of openness and empathy toward one’s self and the world. He impulsively sent an email off to Sakyong Mipham’s office, which was forwarded to Margot Neuman, Executive Director of The Ratna Peace Initiative. Touched by Paul’s situation, literally learning the dharma with a gun in his hands, Margot became his spiritual advisor, exchanged emails with him for the ten months he spent in Iraq, and provided him with useful literature and necessary emotional support. Walking the Tiger’s Path tells the complete story of Sgt. Kendel’s discovery and application of the Shambhala teachings to the life and death situations he faced in Iraq and even upon his return home.

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