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 fulfillment 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 books and websites; I teach workshops in the workplace and privately; I work one-on-one. My most in-demand service is Personalized Guided Meditation (PGM), which follows your progress in regular one-on-one meetings and builds a practice built on the daily realities of your life. Each meeting includes a mindfulness practice tailored for you. It’s recorded, edited and packaged for your daily practice until our next meeting. Personalized Guided Meditation is a powerful tool that grounds you step-by-step on your personal path.
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).
Stephen is the author of The Novice, a memoir of his monk years, as well as It Begins with Silence, a secular guide to the Buddha’s teachings. Stephen has taught Quiet Mind Workshops in the Montreal area since 2003 and hosts a post-Buddhist blog entitled The Naked Monk. A selection of his Mindful Reflections™ can be found on insighttimer.com.
Stephen lives just outside Montreal with his wife and family.