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Moravian College presents "Service in Action: Health Applied—The Life of A Zen Buddhist Monk" on Thurs., Nov. 2

BETHLEHEM, PA., October 30, 2017: Today, Moravian College announced it will host Claude AnShin Thomas and Wiebke KenShin Andersen, mendicant monks in the Zen Soto Buddhist tradition for a presentation titled "Service in Action: Health Applied—The Life of A Zen Buddhist Monk" on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. EDT in Prosser Auditorium on the Main Street campus of Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Claude AnShin and KenShin lead retreats around the world, offer public talks, mentor and teach, and participate in peace-building efforts with guerrilla and government representatives in Columbia; separatists in Catalan, Spain; refugees in France; and military veterans in many countries of the world.

“We cannot think ourselves into a new way of living. We have to live ourselves into a new way of thinking,” said Claude AnShin Thomas.

Moravian College is supporting the residence for Thomas and Andersen on campus for the fall semester, 2017, where the monks are teaching a course ("Change Your Mind: Change the World") and offering their work with students, staff, and faculty.

“The profound humane and compassionate spirit of Claude AnShin and KenShin have been eagerly embraced by the Moravian College community this fall,” said Kelly Denton-Borhaug, event organizer and professor of global religions at Moravian College. “They are challenging all of us to more thoughtful learning and reflection about the realities of violence in our personal lives and world; as well as teaching us practices that contribute to peace-building and deeper understanding.”

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About Moravian College

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been based on a liberal arts curriculum in which literature, history, science, cultural values, global issues, ethics, artistic expression, and the social sciences are infused with multidisciplinary perspectives. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College liberal arts curriculum prepares its students for life-long success.