The Zaltho Foundation Promoting Mindfulness and Nonviolence

  • "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

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The Zaltho Foundation Is
: Not-For-Profit
: Mindfulness and Nonviolence
: Finding Healing after Trauma


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"I can feel very alone on this journey because it is in fact a journey that only I can take, but I don't have to take this journey in isolation. Telling our stories, sharing them, can lead to the creation of community, a loving community committed to really living life differently. This community of like-minded people can then assist, help, support, and encourage each other in the process of waking up."

Claude AnShin Thomas, "At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace" (Shambala Publications 2004)

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The Zaltho Foundation

Founder: Claude AnShin Thomas

The Zaltho Foundation, a spiritually based non-profit committed to ending violence by promoting mindfulness and positive change within individuals, using practices based on the spiritual principles of Zen Buddhism with a focus on the manifestation of these spiritual principles in daily life. The Foundation regularly works with combat veterans, victims of war, sufferers of PTSD,  and their families. Programs include meditation retreats and visits with veterans in prisons, hospitals, on war zones. The Zaltho Foundation was founded by Claude AnShin Thomas in 1994.

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It was through the inspiration, the engagement, and the skill of Zachary Alan Thomas that the Zaltho Foundation began to have, and maintain, an online presence. For his years of dedicated service we remain forever thankful.

In Gratitude: Claude AnShin Thomas, Spiritual Advisor and The Board of Directors,
The Zaltho Foundation, Inc.