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Life Changes Show

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Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!

A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.

In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.

The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.

Weekly Show
BBS Station 1
9:00 pm CT
9:55 pm CT
Broadcasting Date

Guest, Claude AnShin Thomas

Guest Name
Claude AnShin Thomas
Guest Occupation
Fully Ordained Zen Bubbhist Monk, Combat War Veteran, Author of, AT HELLS GATE
Guest Biography


Fully Ordained Zen Bubbhist Monk, Combat War Veteran, Author of, AT HELLS GATE

Claude AnShin Thomas was born in the United States in 1947. His childhood began his exposure to violence and abuse. At the age of 18 he volunteered to serve as a combat soldier in the Vietnam War. Today he states that he carries the responsibility for much death and destruction.

After his return to the US, he experienced years of unemployment, social isolation, violence, and addiction. He began to walk a Buddhist path in 1990 leading to his full ordination as a Zen Buddhist Monk into the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition in August of 1995.

Claude AnShin realizes that the roots of war are not particular within one group but within each and every member of society. He also realizes that the acceptance of our own vulnerability, aggression, fear, and individual suffering is the starting point for healing and transformation, for peace. “When war ends here within us, then war ends. If everyone ends the war within oneself, then there are no seeds any longer from which war can grow.” (excerpt from ‘AT HELL’S GATE- A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace“, Shambhala 2004)

Today Claude AnShin speaks publicly, leads retreats and meetings. He also visits religious and secular communities all over the world addressing this very important topic: The cultures of violence and how they can become transformed.