"We can't think ourselves into a new way of living. We can only live our way into a new way of thinking."
Claude AnShin Thomas is an American Zen Buddhist monk and Vietnam War veteran. He is an international speaker, teacher and writer, and an advocate of non-violence. AnShin was brought to Buddhist practice first by a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher in 1990. He was fully ordained as a monk in the Soto Zen Tradtion in 1995 by an American Zen Buddhist teacher and received the name AnShin AnGyo=Peace Heart/Mind Peacemaker. Click here for full bio.
AnShin teaches Zen Buddhist meditation practice and teachings to the public through social projects, talks, and a variety of retreats. Since 1994 AnShin has walked over 70,000 miles on pilgrimages throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. While walking, AnShin carries no money, and begs for food and shelter in the mendicant monk tradition. Learn more about him and his work on his website.
AnShin is the author of At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace (Shambhala 2004). He is the founder of the Zaltho Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mindfulness and nonviolence.
You can get a taste of AnShin's engaging style of presentation and the power of his message regarding the need for "a disciplined spiritual practice based on self-reflection" in addressing the violence and war in our world by watching or listening to some of his public talks and interviews: