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At Hell's Gate

A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace
At Hell's Gate

Author(s) : Thomas, Claude Anshin
Publishers Price : 12.50
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ISBN : 1590302710
EAN : 9781590302712
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 178
Size : 222 x 146mm
Publisher : Shambhala Publications
Published : 2006
Category : Biography
Category 2 : Socially Engaged Buddhism
New paperback edition.The moving and redemptive story of a decorated Vietnam combat veteran who became a Zen monk and an international peace activist.

Claude Thomas was seventeen when he volunteered for active duty in Vietnam, where he became a crew chief on assault helicopters. By his eighteenth birthday he had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. When he returned home he was haunted by his wartime experiences and struggled with his inner demons of despair and drug and alcohol addiction. Then he attended a retreat for Vietnam veterans by Thich Nhat Hanh and became a student of Zen, going on to become a monk in the Soto Zen tradition. Today he travels the world teaching meditation and leading peace pilgrimages.

"Written with relentless courage and utter compassion, this account of violence and transformation is one of the most amazing and wonderful stories I've ever read." Michael Herr, author of Dispatches.

"Claude Thomas's journey from the killing fields of Vietnam to the path of peace and pilgrimage testifies to his - and our - powerful urge to awaken. At the same time, this is not a pretty story. Thomas has lived in hell; knows its smell and taste, and continues to confront it every day of his life. Yet he remains undeterred in his work to make peace in himself and the world at large." Bernie Glassman.
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