People used to take a step back when I said I’d been a Buddhist monk for 8 years. Not that I ever made an issue of it. For me, meditation and mindfulness are just ways to train your mind, the same way you train your body—for health, balance and peace of mind. My teachers were the last generation of Tibetan masters from free Tibet. In India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland I learned Buddhist philosophy, psychology and reasoning in the strict traditional way. To make it personal and accessible to my own culture I knew I’d need more experience first—a few decades worth—and plainer language.
I became a husband and father and worked in Montreal writing, designing and typesetting. The skills I acquired through years of mind training proved invaluable as my career flourished. At the same time I became The Naked Monk, a blogger who poked under the covers of Buddhism and belief. When I started teaching Mindful Reflection™ in 2003, it was by detaching the meditative practices of Buddhism from its religious trappings, and by using the language of science. Today I’m sought out for my combination of authentic training, long experience and total independence. My mission is to teach mindfulness in today’s fast-paced life as a way to deep fulfilment and peace of mind.
I’m always amazed by the transformation of my students and clients. Mindful Reflection™ enables them to rise above both instinct and habit to change the way they look at life and experience it.
I’ve published several books and websites, teach workshops, seminars and webinars and now mostly work one-on-one with individuals. My most popular service is Personal Guided Meditation (PGM), a series of personalized meditation recordings that keep you on track and systematically develop your practice.
For more information about public workshops, corporate training programs or one-on-one coaching, email me or call 450-458-8030. I’m in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5:00).
Here’s what you’ll find on this website:
- Start with Your Daily Meds—a series of 10-minute meditations guiding you into the basic states of meditation.
- For more context, download some hour-long workshops.
- For conversations about matters of belief and awakening, read my blog, The Naked Monk.
- To learn how other people deal with the same issues, listen to Mindful Lives.
- And when you’re ready to curl up with a good read, pick up a copy of The Novice. Or delve into a fascinating guide to Buddhist meditation: It Begins with Silence.