Paul M. Kendel (SSG Ret.) was with his National Guard unit out of Georgia to Iraq in 2005, hoping to use his knowledge of the Middle East to bridge the gap between American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. However, the realities of war quickly challenged his idealism. On a whim, he emailed the Shambhala Buddhist community, finding unexpected guidance in retaining his humanity and compassion as he faced the lethal insanity of war.
His account won the 2011 USA Best Books award for new Buddhist book.
“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 Rinpoche.