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Zen Buddhists in Residence

Posted on August 22, 2018 | Filed under Archive

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This fall semester, Claude AnShin Thomas and Wiebke KenShin Andersen will be visiting Allegheny as Buddhist Monk and Nun in Residence. They will be teaching one course in Religious Studies, “Change Your Mind, Change The World?” and are also available for class and student-group visits. Claude AnShin Thomas is a Meadville native and Vietnam veteran who is the author of “At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace” (Shambhala, 2004). A Zen student of Thich Nhat Hanh and Bernie Glassman, he is also the founder of the Zaltho Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to promoting mindfulness and nonviolence. More information is available at the Zaltho website. They would be available to classes to teach on topics ranging from basic Buddhist and Zen principles, mindfulness, nonviolence and pacifism, experiences of war, vegetarianism and veganism, and other topics upon request. For more information or to request a visit, please contact Sharon Wesoky (, Jane Ellen Nickell (, or KenShin Andersen (