The Emerald Coast Meditation Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Christ the King Episcopal Church parish hall. The church is located at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The meeting will be led by Claude AnShin Thomas, Zen Buddhist teacher and author of At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace. The topic for the evening is “A Heart-to-Heart Conversation with Zen Buddhist Monk Claude AnShin Thomas.” Having been intimately exposed to the issue of life and death at the young age of 18 through his combat military service in the Vietnam War, he is uniquely equipped to work with people to understand and heal the wounds of war, violence and suffering. Claude AnShin Thomas has been living as a fully ordained monk in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition for the past 23 years. He has spent the entirety of his ordained life as a mendicant. This means that he lives only from what is given to him and that he is committed to go wherever he is invited. One of the most important topics for Claude AnShin is that daily life and meditation are not two things. And still we often treat them as separate activities. Our daily life is our practice. Spirituality and Zen practice are the way we live every moment of our life completely. Spirituality and Zen practice are not an other-worldly activity. It is simply how we deal with here and now. For more information, please visit www.zaltho.org or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.