5th Annual Cobb Peace Lecture, featuring Claude AnShin Thomas
"The Real Cost of War, Violence, and Denial," April 10, 2013
"We who have fought in war know intimately about life and death," says Claude AnShin Thomas. During this talk, Claude AnShin Thomas shared his inspiring spiritual odyssey from combat to becoming a Zen Buddhist monk, as a road map for any of us interested in understanding life and death in a deeper sense and who want to embark on a journey to life differently in the world.
Claude AnShin Thomas was born in 1947 in Pennsylvania. While serving in the Vietnam War, he experienced injuries that were physical, psychological, and spiritual, stating today that he became responsible for the death of many people during his time there. He began to walk a Buddhist path in 1990, and in 1995 became an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, receiving the name AnShin AnGyo. Drawing from his experiences, Claude AnShin Thomas authored At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace, published by Shambhala in 2004. Thomas also founded the Zaltho Foundation, Inc. Beginning to take roots internationally, the Zaltho Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting peace and nonviolence in and among individuals, families, societies, and countries, supporting all efforts to attain this goal through whatever peaceful and nonviolent means available. Currently, Thomas is writing two more books, and is active in creating and working for socially engaged projects that serve the disenfranchised. Lecturing and leading retreats internationally, he speaks publicly on the subjects of peace and the waking up to and healing of suffering, both personal and collective.