Buddhist Chaplain Evangelizes Around the World
US Army Chaplain (Capt) Somya Malasri is currently in Australia with his unit, where he is leading Buddhist services for both American servicemembers and their Australian hosts.
An Army article notes Chaplain Malasri is “evangelizing” in his travels around the world:
A chaplain for 10 months now, Malasri is spreading the teachings and philosophies of Buddha to soldiers on multiple continents.
In an interesting perspective, Chaplain Malasri says “it’s not necessarily about religion.”
I think the Buddhist service can be really good for the soldiers because it’s not necessarily about religion. It’s about relaxing, reflecting on life, and letting go of worries or suffering of any sort.”
(Chaplain Malasri previously hosted a Vesak celebration at his home station.) Like his Chaplain counterparts in other units, Malasri serves the needs of all who come, whether they are the Americans he traveled with or members of the host nation. His story highlights the religious freedom the US military tries to protect for its own members, and also that which it often brings to places they travel.