At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey

coverAt Hell's Gate : A Soldier's Journey, by Claude Anshin Thomas, from Shambhala Publications, ISBN 159030134X. Like so many Vietnam veterans, Thomas was haunted by the hundreds of deaths he had been responsible for as an assault helicopter crew chief. Feeling abandoned and rejected by civilian society as well, he struggled for years with post-traumatic stress, addiction, homelessness and despair. His turning point was a meditation retreat for Vietnam vets led by Thich Nhat Hanh. Thomas went on to become ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist. Here is his story.