Claude Anshin Thomas

Claude Anshin Thomas went to Vietnam at eighteen and received numerous awards and decorations, including twenty-seven Air Medals, A Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. After struggling with drugs and alcohol and re-entry into society, Thomas studied mindfulness meditation under the tutelage of Thich Nhat Hanh. Today he is a monk in the Soto Zen Tradition, an author of the book At Hell’s Gate and a Zen teacher in the US and Europe. He is the founder of Zaltho Foundation (, a nonprofit organization promoting peace and nonviolence.

Title of UFCSH talk: “At Hell’s Gate: Ending War Living Peace”
Tuesday, January 18, 2005