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Unformatted text preview: I o'ser-NI'SH'I'N- THO-MAS ---s-1s CLAUDE ANSHIN THOMAS no l served in Vietnam from “1966 to 1967 as a helicopter crew chief. Pam, During my toot of ciuty, I was shot down five times and wounded i once, receiving the Purple Heart. Since then, I have been working '- cannot - to heal the emotionslg mental, and spiritle wounds from that war - -' see, and to find a way to use these experiences to help others. As part of the this process, I. liveci and studied at a Vietnamese monastery anti retreat: sounds centet, Plum Village, founded anti guideci lily the Venerable Thich ofwar Nhat‘ljlanhj arid l was later ordamecl as a den Buddhist monk by disaypcérm Roshi Bernre (:lassman. _ I Writing has been a crucial tool in my journey to come to peace must b - with the devastation ofwar. In 2905, my book A: Hell’s Gate: A 803- d 6. dier’sjoomeyfmm War to Peace was published by Shambhala, and as s ead result, I’ve received many invitations to speak about Violence anti for an how to heal it. 1 facilitate minclfulnesswmeditation retreats that giv' 15 . peacefirl, oarticipants tools to aid them in the process of healing. I have le' retreats for veterans, the homeless, and prisoners, and taught in jail schools, nursing homes, and hospitals. 1 also gractice yilgrimage walking in my Buddhist robes and carrying all my belongings on back. In 1994 and 1995, 1 took part in an interfaith pilgrimage fr Auschwitz, where l was orclaéned, to Vietnam. In 1998, lwalkei across the Unitecl States, and in 1999, I walked through many ' of concentration camps, prisonerwofiwar camps, prisons, and places of suffering connected to World War ll. In 2002, I walked Buciapest to the site of the Bergen—Belsen concentration. cam Germany, following the paths that many jews had to take to imprisonment and death. In 2007, l will walk from Californ Texas, along the Mexican border. E now divide my time hetween the U.S., Europe, South Pi ice, ané Asia, sharing with people that violence is not a solutio then. suddenly, the medics, aponcho, mortars, I flesh being rigiped ' from - 10) bullet slams into my body, I feel Th; _ i 3:?- : f g-ngmhea I flie: .. . A" \ < x é. 529 VETERfiNs I-QF'V'Mi, BEAN- zzeukdn’t act it out. So I focusfici my rage on tha. __ - my—Q-fWhiéhw _ everyone uniike 31%;. This kind ofconcfitioning in creatihg .' a sakdist. Soidiers 5m: averything ‘_‘o-th§:r” as thrgaténing find pore Emily deadly. You: déhumani-ze awhele race ofpééfile _ :éhdfyoa dehu- maniac ydurself. But ifi hadn’t: hem preparcd :56: fhisi-ibygf'my whfil life, it wouldn’t have taken held. 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