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Military veteran, peace activist and monk to address counseling class

Claude AnShin Thomas, photo by Paul TurgeonClaude AnShin Thomas, left, a Vietnam veteran, Buddhist monk and peace advocate, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, Room 120.

Thomas will address a rehabilitation counseling class taught by Linda Holloway, chair and associate professor of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions.

Thomas served as a combat solider in the Vietnam War at the age of 18. After his return to the United States he experienced unemployment, social isolation and addiction. 

He founded the ZALTHO FOUNDATION, INC., a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote peace and nonviolence in and among individuals, families, societies, and countries.

Thomas was ordained as a Zen priest in August 1995. He is a graduate of Slippery Rock State University.

Today he visits religious and secular communities all over the world addressing how cultures of violence can become transformed.

Thomas is author of At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace. - Jamie Settemeyer, community relations, College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Posted on: Mon 07 November 2011

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