Thich Nhat Hahn

Thích Nhất Hạnh died on January twenty second. You may marvel why his demise is famous on a weblog web site about bettering police. Thich Nhat Hahn, or “Thay,” as he was endearingly known as, was born in Vietnam. He turned a Buddhist monk, peace activist, creator, poet, trainer, and based Plum Village in France. He was the primary inspiration for “engaged Buddhism.”

I considered my buddy and colleague Cheri Maples this week once I heard concerning the demise of Thay. This led me to pondering as soon as once more concerning the sort of intellectual-spiritual affect we want within the follow of democratic policing.

He was Cheri’s trainer. Each of us left policing to pursue calls to the spiritual life. Me as a Christian, Cheri as a Buddhist. Cheri and I labored collectively for a lot of years once I led the Madison Police Division. She retired as a police captain and was a lady I deeply beloved. Years have handed but she is commonly in my ideas and the way we tried to place our deep beliefs and values into the follow of policing.

In honor of each Thay and Cheri, I’m reposting my weblog about her from 4 years in the past. https://improvingpolice.weblog/2018/06/07/missing-cheri/

Could each these shiny souls relaxation in peace. Amen.

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I served over 20 years because the chief of police in Madison (WI), 4 years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Division, and earlier than that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the Metropolis of Minneapolis. I maintain graduate levels from the College of Minnesota and Edgewood Faculty in Madison. I’ve written many articles over my years as a police chief calling for police enchancment (for instance, How To Charge Your Native Police, and with my spouse, Sabine, High quality Policing: The Madison Expertise). After retiring from the police division, I answered a name to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest within the Episcopal Church. Nowadays, I serve a small church in North Lake (WI), east of Madison. Sabine and I’ve 9 grownup youngsters, eleven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She can be a retired police officer and we each proceed lively lives.


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