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                                    meditation practice
                                    in the United States
                                    and worldwide.

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                                                                                                                                          support to veterans,
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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

Statement from Claude AnShin Thomas on the Covid-19 Pandemic:

According to the World Health Organization, since the start of the pandemic in 2020, there have been more than 750 million confirmed cases worldwide with more than 6.8 million deaths. Almost 1.2 million of these deaths are in the US alone.
Thanks to the efforts of the scientists and the health care professionals, the corona virus is now significantly less dangerous for otherwise healthy people who are up-to-date with the vaccinations.
As we move into this new phase of the pandemic, let us not allow our fears of covid or the ease of gathering online keep us isolated from one another. It is now time to step back into the light - without abondoning all we have learned about how to reduce the risks of infection.


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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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