Buddhist Monk and Viet Nam combat Veteran visits Cambridge

"Claude AnShin Thomas traveled a remarkable journey from the devastating effects of experiencing childhood violence and combat to finding peace with his un-peacefulness. In order to find new possibilities to live, we need to learn about our conditioning to violence and how to embody peace." This text from another Viet Nam veteran framed flyer inviting the public to the talk Claude gave at First Church of Cambridge. The journey to inner-peace is a very personal one as expressed by Claude and echoed by others who have lived through the horrors of war and the struggles of the journey to recover from those experiences. The young Buddhist Drew conducted the interview.

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Submitted by Anonymous on

Thanks for the video of Claude AnShin Thomas, and could I kindly request that if you have time, could you please provide a transcript of it as well, since some people still have slow internet connections and the video can be difficult to watch if your internet connection is not so good.

I think it is important to remember that Buddhism is incredibly diverse. There are many different schools, and even in the Zen Buddhism lineage it is quite diverse. So it might be a little more helpful to change the title of the post to Zen Buddhist Monk and Viet Nam combat Veteran visits Cambridge. There is more information about different schools of Buddhism on this site, in case you are interested.

As far as the effectiveness of Buddhism in controlling anger, there are some very good groups out there that teach meditation in American prisons. They teach a type of meditation called Vipassana (insight) meditation, and it has shown that the inmates who partake in these meditation classes often are better adjusted to prison life and have lower recidivism rates than the general prison population.