Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mahasangha~ENDING WAR, LIVING PEACE: Public Talk and Day of Practice

Join us November 3 & 5 for two special events with Claude AnShin Thomas

-- Vietnam veteran, Zen Buddhist monk, non-violence advocate, and author of "At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace".

* Friday, November 3: Public Talk
-- How do we all create violence and war? What can we do to change this, both within ourselves and society?
7:30-9:30 PM, UVic Interfaith Chapel. Sliding scale $0-10.

* Sunday, November 5: Day of Practice
-- How can we awaken to the possibilities of a peaceful, nonviolent life, and transform conflict, ignorance, hatred, and greed into harmony, compassion, loving kindness, understanding and generosity?
9-5 PM, UVic Interfaith Chapel. Sliding scale $0-10. Please bring a cushion and blanket for meditation, and a bagged vegetarian lunch.

Both events will be facilitated by Claude AnShin Thomas.

Thomas volunteered for active duty at the age of 17 and served as a crew chief on assault helicopters at the age of 18. Upon his return to the US he began working to end the war in Vietnam, for student rights, and to address the social ostracization, homelessness, drug addiction, unemployability, and abnormally high rates of suicide, divorce, and imprisonment among fellow war veterans.

Thomas now speaks and leads retreats internationally on transformation, non-violence, peace, reconciliation, and mindfulness. He works with children, members of youth gangs, prisoners, military personnel, war and trauma victims and perpetrators, and peace activists to look deeply into the roots of violence and war and the possibilities for transformation.

For more information or to arrange ASL interpretation, email or call 721-8629.

Co-sponsored by the Victoria Zen Centre, Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, Sooke Meditation and Mindfulness Centre, UVic Institute for Dispute Resolution, UVic Interfaith Chaplain Services, Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group, and Victoria Peace Coalition.

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