Claude AnShin Thomas to Present "The Real Cost of War, Violence, and Denial" as 2013 Cobb Peace Studies Lecturer at Naropa University

"We who have fought in war know intimately about life and death" - Claude AnShin Thomas

BOULDER, Colo. (April 1, 2013)--Naropa University's Peace Studies program is pleased to announce the 2013 Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture, featuring author of At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace and founder of the Zaltho Foundation, Claude AnShin Thomas. The free public lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Naropa's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.

WHAT: "The Real Cost of War, Violence, and Denial" with Claude AnShin Thomas
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Naropa's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Free and open to the public

While serving in the Vietnam War, Claude AnShin Thomas experienced injuries that were physical, psychological, and spiritual, stating today that he became responsible for the death of many people during his time there.  He began to walk a Buddhist path in 1990, and in 1995 became an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, receiving the name AnShin AnGyo. During his lecture, "The Real Cost of War, Violence, and Denial," Claude AnShin Thomas will share his inspiring spiritual odyssey from combat to becoming a Zen Buddhist monk, offering a road map to understand life and death in a deeper sense.

Drawing from his experiences, Claude AnShin Thomas authored At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace, published by Shambhala in 2004. Thomas also founded the Zaltho Foundation, Inc. (www.zaltho.org). Beginning to take roots internationally, the Zaltho Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting peace and nonviolence in and among individuals, families, societies, and countries, supporting all efforts to attain this goal through whatever peaceful and nonviolent means available. Currently, Thomas is writing two more books, and is active in creating and working for socially engaged projects that serve the disenfranchised. Lecturing and leading retreats internationally, he speaks publicly on the subjects of peace and the waking up to and healing of suffering, both personal and collective.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Danielle Mason at 303-546-3595 or cobbpeacelecture@naropa.edu to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Conceived and endowed in 2007 by former university president John Whitehouse Cobb and his wife, Bayard, the Cobb Peace Lecture is designed to heighten awareness of peace-oriented philosophies and innovative conflict resolution strategies, ranging from psychological perspectives, to religious themes, to socioeconomic activism, and more. The lecture series has supported public talks with such luminaries as the Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche; Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ; John Paul Lederach; and Susan Griffin. For more information, please contact Danielle Mason at 303-546-3595, or at cobbpeacelecture@naropa.edu.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education.  This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies. To learn more: www.naropa.edu.

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