Program Details

Walking the Tiger's Path: A Soldier's Spiritual Journey in Iraq

with Paul Kendel
April 15 / 7:00 PM - April 15 / 9:00 PM

SSG. Paul 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. Paul returned from Iraq and has completed a memoir detailing his experiences applying meditation principles in a combat zone called Walking the Tiger’s Path: A Soldier’s Spiritual Journey in Iraq.

Sergeant Kendel has shown great conviction while faced with the brutality of human aggression, constantly using compassion and a meditative mind.  He was therefore on the front line of applying contemplative discipline.  This book reveals that extraordinary  journey.”--Sakyong Mipham

The Shambhala Times-- the newspaper for Sakyong Mipham’s spiritual community - eventually excerpted some of their emails, which later became teaching material for well-known Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. Click here to read As Simple as Tea and Bread, Walking the Tiger's Path, and Ratna Peace Initiative Develops Program for Combat Veteran's with PTSD.

Sgt. Kendel’s story became part of the inspiration for The Ratna Peace Initiative to develop a pilot secular meditation program for combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder called the “Veterans Peace of Mind Project,”

Paul currently makes his home in Jacksonville, Florida, and teaches world history and special education at Andrew Jackson High School and part-time as a history professor in local colleges.  View his website at:

Book signings will be available before and after the talk. Please join us!

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