"We can't think ourselves into a new way of living. We can only live our way into a new way of thinking."


AnShin Photo


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 Buddhist practice first by a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher in 1990. He was fully ordained as a monk in the Soto Zen Tradtion in 1995 by an American Zen Buddhist teacher and received the name AnShin AnGyo=Peace Hear/Mind Peacemaker. Click here for full bio.


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







At Hell's Gate Photo

AnShin is the author of At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace (Shambhala 2004). He is the 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 meditation retreat.


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


  AnShin and KenShin WalkingComing to Louisville! We are planning to have AnShin and KenShin, his assistant for 20 years, visit us in Louisville sometime in the October 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, schools, kindergardens, governing administrations, the addicted, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, and those who are generally interested in living a more awake, conscious and connected way of life. As part of their service to our community, AnShin will give a public talk and lead a 2-day non-residential Zen retreat. They are open to other ideas so please share yours with us!


We are also 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. Questions? Comments? Please drop John a note. We very much appreciate your generous support of these events .


The financial cost of their visit (travel, food, and accommodation) will be covered by Flowing Dharma. To support this event with your donation, please go to this page. If you would like to support AnShin and KenShin directly with a donation, please go to this page


"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