There is so much talk about meditation that it can make your head spin. And it can lead to misunderstanding, for instance, meditation is meant to give you peace and stress reduction. However, the point of an active meditation practice is to become aware and awaken. Any preconceived ideas and expectations get in the way of experiencing what meditation can be.
Meditation is about the experience. Life experience. It’s not about theorizing, wishing, or conceptualizing.
Claude AnShin Thomas traveled from the horrors of the battlefields in Vietnam, struggling with drug addiction, depression, and violence when he returned to the US, to living for 26 years now as a fully ordained Zen Buddhist monk. He is intimately acquainted with suffering and knows how to learn to live in a different relationship with one’s suffering.
Claude AnShin is the guiding teacher at the Magnolia Zen Center in Mary Esther, Florida, and the founder of the Zaltho Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes meditation and nonviolence. Claude AnShin teaches frequently in the United States, Europe, and South America.
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To learn more about Claude AnShin Thomas, please visit http://www.zaltho.org