The Naked Monk was created by Stephen Schettini. His stories, books, articles and recordings are the fruit of four decades of experience. He communicates and inspires without philosophical jargon in ways that reflect your own struggles. Stephen has been a believer and disbeliever, a hippy and a Buddhist monk. He is now a husband, father and teacher. He shares his personal truths with rare honesty, warmth and intimacy.
Why The Naked Monk? I received the monk’s vow from my preceptor Geshe Rabten. When I gave it back he said, “Once a monk, always a monk,” and off I went leaving behind the support of my community, teachers and benefactors. I felt quite naked without them, but his words rang true and this day I feel the ongoing momentum of that vow.
Perhaps like me you are drawn to the Buddha’s teachings but not to the traditions of Buddhism. We can’t wrap ourselves in dogmatic religion any more than in consumerism or the ‘new age.’ We have no way to hide our anxieties, no beliefs to dress up in. We respect science but know life is an art, that all truths are small-t and that life’s purpose is what we make it. We feel the ground shifting beneath our feet. We’re into more than mindfulness; I call it mindful reflection. We care about more than fame and fortune. We’re not afraid to expose ourselves to doubt.