Wisconsin Police Attend Buddhist Retreat

September 25, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor


On September 25, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported on a Green Lake, WI police officer who "organized a week-long retreat with...Vietnamese monk [Thich Nhat Hanh] this summer for officers and others working in the criminal justice system. Mr. Hanh's message: the futility of meeting anger with anger.

The retreat here in central Wisconsin represents not only the expanding influence of an antiwar Vietnamese monk thrown out of North - and South - Vietnam during the 1960s. It also epitomizes the spread of Eastern religious tradition into American public-service jobs.

The movement stirs anew the debate over whether the incorporation of such teachings violates the separation of church and state."

See also: Buddhism