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Dear Friends and Family, 

My teacher, Claude Anshin Thomas, is holding a Street Retreat in Switzerland in September. Part of the requirement for attending this retreat is having to beg for the money instead of paying for it myself.

Back in 1998 I suffered a severe injury due to an accident in the Military. I did not know at the time that my life would be changed forever. I now live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical issues related to my military service. I am fully retired and am not able to work. 

Having been on medication for over 10 years, and still not able to enjoy life, I was again ready to check out until I met my current teacher who has been showing me an alternate way of living without having to have all of the medication in my system. I have not felt this good since before my accident, and continue to work with him on the issue of living with these sufferings instead of against them. 

This practice has helped me to regain control of my life and my hope is to continue digging deeper into my conditioning and suffering and to improve my quality of life until one day I can return to society as a productive member. 

Part of the money raised goes towards the flight which is around $1,600.00 I am estimating. The Street Retreat requirement of 1,080 Swiss Franks, has to do with a Buddhist tradition that will end up being donated to a organization when the retreat is over. 

Please follow the link if you are interested in finding out more about the process of the Street Retreat.

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