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I cannot say enough good things about At Hell's Gate, it moved me that much. An autobiography of a Vietnam combat veteran, At Hell's Gate shares with the reader the author's life experiences, from the traumatic to the transformational. This is not your typical Dharma book, and much contained within is not pretty to read about.
What makes this book so precious to be is that Claude Anshin Thomas a mendicant This is an amazing and powerful book about the ongoing practice of transforming suffering. What makes this book so precious to be is that Claude Anshin Thomas a mendicant Zen priest does not portray himself as a monk sitting on a golden lotus. So many contemporary Buddhist authors do not share the ugly in their lives, and when they seem to try they really only portray common faults. Here is a humble and peaceful man who takes personal responsibility for hundreds of deaths during his tour in Vietnam as a gunner on a helicopter.
Beyond his combat, he witnessed so much horror--the story is very moving.
As a side note, if you or someone you care about is a veteran interested in spiritual practice, this may be a great resource as well, as Claude Anshin Thomas often does retreats for veterans, and he himself still lives with PTSD. May 22, Ajwubz added it.
A Soldiers Journey From War to Peace
At Hells Gate by Claude Anshin Thomas At Hells Gate is about a man the was in Vietnam and tells the stories of how it was like to be a helicopter gunner and he explains the suffering he went through all his life whether it was in Vietnam or back home and how he reached peace and transformed his suffering into ways he could handle it and not let his anger and fear from his past consume him.
Claude Anshin Thomas was a boy that grew up in a family that loved war Claude was a great sports player and he At Hells Gate by Claude Anshin Thomas At Hells Gate is about a man the was in Vietnam and tells the stories of how it was like to be a helicopter gunner and he explains the suffering he went through all his life whether it was in Vietnam or back home and how he reached peace and transformed his suffering into ways he could handle it and not let his anger and fear from his past consume him. Claude Anshin Thomas was a boy that grew up in a family that loved war Claude was a great sports player and he had the possibility of going to a good college.
When Vietnam came around times were changing and hippies were everywhere and a time for peace and integration was happening. This book interested me so much because he talks about the psychological side of the civilians supporting the war until they came back with such a substantial defeat, the people hated them and wanted to forget about the soldiers that were coming back and they were treated with the utmost disrespect. The book is definitely worth reading it is thought provoking to say the least.
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He makes very good points and I believe that the whole world should listen to this man and read this book for the message he sends to people. He talks about how peace should be a way of life instead of being seen as an objective and somebodies desire or wishes. May 28, Biniam Biniam rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Soldiers pay for most mental illnesses that result from extended tours in combat. When they get home to a country and government that would just as soon forget they existed? And they suffer in being a puppet for a corrupt war based on lies.
So soldiers need self-discipline and the courage to transform inveterate habits of thought and reaction patterns to change. Your comments pls! View 2 comments. Nov 23, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: religion. Anshin is a Viet Nam vet who suffered from severe post traumatic stress for nearly 20 years before discovering a sense of healing using meditation.
His book is really written for other veterans and his life work is directed at veterans and others directly affected by war - although he would say we are all damaged by war and all damaged by violence. The chapter I liked best was the one on pilgrimage and walking as meditation - Anshin has taken walking pilgrimages from Auschwitz to Viet Nam, acros Anshin is a Viet Nam vet who suffered from severe post traumatic stress for nearly 20 years before discovering a sense of healing using meditation.
The chapter I liked best was the one on pilgrimage and walking as meditation - Anshin has taken walking pilgrimages from Auschwitz to Viet Nam, across America and across Africa as well as others.
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I also liked his final chapter on using one's own anger and violence to learn and how to interact without superiority or aggression towards those you feel anger towards. It made me think of my interactions with the Indian subcontinent Verizon folks. The best parts of the book are those with specific examples of interactions with others. Anshin spoke at the Unitarian Fellowship in Wenatchee.
An interesting and helpful session. His book is not nearly as good as interacting with him in person. For me it was still very worthwhile reading and I may give it to others to read. May 10, Melinda rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone interested in mitigating human suffering. This small but rich and truthful book took me four months to read a testimony in part to the great wealth of dharma it contains. Below are just a few of the many passages I gleaned from my first reading some transcribed onto my study wall : p. What is important about the telling [of the story of "millions of people affected by war and violence":]is not so much the details of the story as the telling itself.
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In the course of reading At Hell's Gate, I discovered my willingness to face into this persistent human reality. I bowed. Oct 30, Jean is currently reading it. He's a Zen monk now, writing about his experience as a soldier in Vietnam and subsequent suffering through PTSD, drug addiction, and homelessness, and how he was introduced to a Buddhist approach to living with all this by Thich Nhat Hanh.
He also tells about his Zen pilgrimages, walking without money or food, in his Buddhist robes, across the country and from Poland to Vietnam. A few quotes: War is just the acting out of suffering Everyone has their Vietnam--everyone All veterans of Wow. All veterans of violence can be a powerful force for healing in the world. The way to that healing is through our suffering This book is about how one person found wise ways to live with suffering, and to turn violence into peace. So many lessons That we are all potential killers, that we are all potential awakened people like Jesus or Buddha equally It's up to us to choose what we want to be and make better causes and conditions for our lives.
Claude Anshin Thomas became a solider in Vietnam killing hundreds of Vietnamese people, who he learned to dehumanize and label the enemy. Only many years later, after returning home to a people who rejected him, after chronic drug addiction, did he finally learn to heal himse So many lessons Only many years later, after returning home to a people who rejected him, after chronic drug addiction, did he finally learn to heal himself with the help of meditation and unconditional love from the Plum Village community of Thich Nhat Hahn.
Now he is a monk who travels the world teaching about how to transform and heal from the wounds of severe violence. Jun 22, Kendra rated it it was ok Shelves: memoirs. I enjoyed the first half of this book when he discussed his involvement in Vietnam.
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I wish he would have went into a little more detail about some of the events that happened to him there. It seems like he left a lot out for being in heavy combat for three years. After about the halfway point in the book it seemed to drag on and get a little boring.
Maybe because the second half of the book is more about Buddhism and less about his involvement in the Vietnam war. Overall it was an okay book but I enjoyed the first half of this book when he discussed his involvement in Vietnam. Overall it was an okay book but towards the end it started to put me to sleep. This book obviously is non-fiction and pretty well written. The Vietnam History part is eye opening, and for those of us who remember, pretty revealing when he talks about how the returning vets were treated and how that treatment affected them.
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But they paid the price during the conflict and upon their return. To know that he eventually found a path to peace is comforting but then you can't help but think of all those who didn't and whose lives were destroyed for the Polit This book obviously is non-fiction and pretty well written. To know that he eventually found a path to peace is comforting but then you can't help but think of all those who didn't and whose lives were destroyed for the Politicians war.
It was a good book. It held my interest. Dec 01, Andrew rated it it was amazing.
This book is for anyone needing to understand the scars left by service in war. I found it difficult to read most of this book because of the ghosts it brought back to me of my own experiences. The great thing about this book is the information at the end of ways to find peace with the guilt of complicity and regretful actions. Thomas is still around giving talks and doing good for all of us. If you get a chance to hear him speak, take it! Aug 08, Eric C rated it liked it.