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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 Buddhism by Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, and was ordained in 1995 by Tetsugen Bernard Glassman of the Zen Peacemaker Order. Click here for full bio.


AnShin teaches Buddhist meditation practice and dharma to the public through social projects, talks, and a variety of retreats. Since 1994, AnShin has walked over 70,000 miles on peace 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.






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AnShin is the author of At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace (2004) and 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:

Being in the World without Misery (a talk given at Tara Brach's center) Part 2 of this talk.

Waking Up to Compassion in the Face of Aggression

Interview on NPR late 2017

Talk to Veterans at Marymont University 2013


Join AnShin and KenShin for a 5-Day meditation retreat for Military Veterans and their families and friends.



"The seeds of war are not outside of us. The seeds of war are within us."


  AnShin and KenShin WalkingComing to Louisville! We planning to have AnShin and KenShin, his assistent for 19 years, visit us in Louisville sometime in the early Fall of 2018. They are open to serving us in whatever way we feel the need. For example, working with military veterans, college students, churches, meditation communities. As part of their service to our community, AnShin will likely give a public talk and they may co-lead a 2-day non-residential Zen retreat. They are open to other ideas so please share yours with us!


The small financial cost of their visit will be covered by Flowing Dharma but we are seeking support in getting the word out to the many individuals and organizations who could benefit from AnShin's and KenShin's presence and their teachings. So, if you feel inclined to support this worthwhile effort to bring them to Louisville, please drop John a note. We would very much appreciate your help!


"If we want the world to be a different place, then we as individuals have to live differently. Through mindfulness as part of a disciplined spiritual practice we can nurture healing and transformation within ourselves, and this can change the world."
— Claude AnShin Thomas