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New Unit Chaplain...

...is a BUDDHIST MONK.

No, you're not hallucinating. Monk Nguyen is from a temple in Long Beach. After September 11, some of his disciples urged him to become a chaplain because there were no Buddhist ones. He enlisted and spent time as a 42A (administrator) so he could "learn about the Army". Then he submitted his credentials and was commissioned.

He held meditation at the same time the Evangelical, KJV-only chaplains were having their service. They were downstairs, we were upstairs. I think this is going to make a difference.

Good drill weekend. There was a minimum of idiocy and I was pleased by not wanting to kill someone by the end of the day. I got a lot of work done and we did some good PT, which is always a plus.

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lucy_indisguise
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
That is so cool, and congrats on not wanting to kill anyone
kishiriadgr
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
It's a nice feeling!
garpu
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
He sounds like an interesting guy.
helenkacan
Mar. 14th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
WOW!!!

How wonderful to be able to have a choice of service and knowing that you're more likely to come out of his meditation not wanting to kill someone (either because of general idiocy or specific religion-based).

I'm really happy for you.
letter_d
Mar. 14th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
What a fabulous surprise! I'm glad you are less stressed.
zare_k
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
That's pretty cool.
hagazusa
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Awesome! The Buddhist monks I've met are pretty cool people.
reginaterrae
Mar. 14th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Woah. How awesome!
caprine
Mar. 15th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
That is so cool.
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