"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 Heart/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 41,000 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 WalkingWith the support of Flowing Dharma, AnShin and KenShin, his assistant for 20 years, visited Louisville on October 10 - 14, 2018.


During this visit, AnShin and KenShin offered:


- A 3-hour program for local members of Refuge Recovery - donations were accepted.

- A Public Talk: The Real Cost of War, October 11, Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Earth & Spirit Center - the cost was $15.

- A 2-day Non-residential Workshop: Peacekeeping in a Violent World, October 13 & 14, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Earth & Spirit Center - the cost was $100.


Note: No one was turned away from any of these events simply due to lack of funds.


Please consider giving a donation to Claude AnShin Thomas and Wiebke KenShin Andersen to support their life and their continuous work in the world since both have taken vows of mendicancy and do not receive any honorarium or payment for their service. If you would like to support AnShin and KenShin 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


 AnShin and KenShin Walking