A Public Talk & Two-Day Workshop with Claude AnShin Thomas

Mindfulness Meditation

October 11 and October 13 & 14, 2018.

Claude AnShin Thomas is a Zen Buddhist Monk, Vietnam Veteran, Author, Advocate for Nonviolence 


Public Talk: The Real Cost of  War 

Thursday, October 11th, 7 - 9PM 

“We who have fought in war know intimately about life and death”, Claude Anshin Thomas. He will share his inspiring spiritual odyssey from combat to becoming a Zen Buddhist Monk as a road map for any of us who are interested to understand life and death in a deeper sense and who want to embark on a journey to live differently in the world. Cost: $15 – You may pay at the door. No one will be turned away simply due to lack of funds.


Weekend Workshop: Peacemaking in a Violent World – October 13 & 14, 2018 – 9am to 5pm.

Claude AnShin emphasizes that meditation practice and daily life are not two things. He introduces the tools of a disciplined spiritual practice to support us in making peace in a violent world. During this workshop, we will practice many different forms of mindfulness meditation: siting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, silence, mindful speaking and listening, and others. No prior experience with meditation is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a small vegetarian dish for the communal meals. Participants must attend both days of the retreat. Cost: $100*. No one will be turned away simply due to lack of funds.

*Claude AnShin Thomas took vows of mendicancy and doesn’t to receive any payment for his service. His life and work are entirely based on voluntary contributions. Please give a donation directly to him at the event.



Mindfulness LouisvilleClaude AnShin Thomas has received numerous awards, including the Purple Heart for his service in the Vietnam War. After struggling with re-entry into society, Thomas studied mindfulness meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition by Baisen Tetsugen Roshi in1995. He is the author of At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace and is the founder of the Zaltho Foundation, an nonprofit organization that promotes nonviolence and change. www.zaltho.org  

Peacemaking in a Violent World with Claude AnShin Thomas

Saturday & Sunday Oct 13 & 14


War & Peacemaking with Claude AnShin Thomas

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