Our Spring 2008 issue featured a story by Travis Duncan about the Air Force Academy’s Vast Refuge Dharma Center—the first space on an American military base dedicated solely to meditation. But Air Force cadets aren’t the only military men and women with an interest in Buddhism. It turns out that the US Naval Academy Buddhist Club offers weekly meditation classes in Annapolis, Maryland.
As managing editor Alexandra Kaloyanides notes below, nirvanic pursuit can be viewed as something of a selfless task—and it seems that navel-gazing has found a natural home at the service-oriented Naval academy.
For anyone interested in attending, the club meets on Sunday mornings from 10-11 am in the All Faiths Chapel in Mitscher Hall (with Kelsang Dachog) and on Tuesday evenings from 19:15-20:00 (7:15-8:00 pm) in room 107 of Luce Hall (with Don Avery). Unfortunately, classes are open only to midshipmen and USNA staff and instructors.