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"If we want the world to be a different place,
then we as individuals
have to live differently. Through engaged meditation practice,
we can nurture healing and transformation within ourselves, and this can change the world"
- Claude AnShin Thomas

We serve people, who
have lived through trauma and suffering,
helping them to integrate
these experiences into their lives.

We offer Zen Buddist
meditation practice
in the United States
and worldwide.

We offer retreats and support to veterans,
 and their loved ones

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Claude Anshin Thomas is a Vietnam combat veteran turned Zen Buddhist monk, author, and speaker. Claude AnShin communicates Zen Buddhist Teachings in a non-religious manner that is direct and drawn from life, with a deep-rooted sense of compassion and purpose. He is the author of the award-winning book At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace, which has been translated into several languages.
“We can’t make the external world become peaceful; we can only become peace. There is so much trauma and sadness in the world, so much suffering. When we stop blaming others and begin looking deeply within ourselves, we can discover how suffering arises, how it is linked to violence, and how to stop the seemingly endless cycles of aggression.”
“Meditation is not just something we do while seated on a cushion or in a meditation hall, it’s a way of living. The practice of meditation can be present and support us in all things and in every moment.”
“Peace is not the absence of conflict; it’s the absence of violence within conflict.”
“Before we can get to a place of peace, we have to touch our suffering—embrace it and hold it.”
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