Early Influences: Love + Religion
Love is an important seed. Religion is what we make of it.
Embarking On An Inner Journey
The journey from outer to inner.
What Is Meditation?
Turns out, we all meditate in daily life.
What's It Like To Be A Monk?
Being a monk is not running away from the real word. In fact, it's quite the opposite!
Power of rare encounters with remarkable teachers.
Encounters With J. Krishnamurti, Mother Teresa
Memories and inspirations in service.
9 Months In A Cave
Learnings from the experience of living and meditating alone in a cave.
19.5 Years In A Cave
An unexpected learning from one monk's 19.5 years in solitude.
On Disrobing, Inner Voice, And Celebrating Risk
What prompted Christopher to disrobe after a long time?
Importance Of Community
In Buddhism, the concept of "Sangha" is one of the "Triple Gems". Community adds a lot of meaning and a support system.
Speaking Out As A Spiritual Teacher
In the position of a teacher, how does one discern when to call out ethical incongruities of students? Plus, story of SUVs. :)
Role Of Compassion In Spiritual Practice
Christopher defines compassion as action coming from the place of love and trust with the intention of reducing suffering, quite often requiring less of "I" or the ego.
Compassion In Action
Christopher speaks about an inter-religious school that he founded for underprivileged in Bodhgaya and the inspiring outcomes for the students.
When To Risk, Or Not ...
Christopher guides us on a question about practical life - doing an unliked job after a business failure for the sake of taking care of loved ones. It is to be seen as service to loved ones, according to Christopher.
At 79, Living With My Teen Granddaughter
Christopher shares an inspiring situation about risk from his personal life. He is currently living with his teenage granddaughter after she experienced racism in her previous school.
Lens As A Dhamma Teacher
Christopher has been, inspiringly, learning from all of his experiences, including joining the white-haired club! He is also, of course, learning from his students.
Have 'Broad Shoulders'
Christopher shares three important psychological and physiological signs that the ego and mind is taking over the heart.
Responding To Dogma
Christopher shares small but inspiring examples from his personal life as a Buddhist monk. The response should not be to counter the dogmatic view, but genuine inquiry!
Do Inner Practices Need An 'Update' Or Are They Eternal?
Human beings need to develop relationships with the environment and animals through proper engagement and depth with issues like dogma, self-righteousness, possessiveness, but also the happiness we cannot buy.