People used to ask me why I became a monk. Now people are asking me why I left the monastery. After trying to answer that question for over a decade, I finally decided to write a book about it. The reason for the title Urban Monk is quite simple: I spent my time as a monk on the East Village of New York City surrounded by bars, nightclubs, restaurants, a laundromat, a funeral parlor and a tattoo shop - all within the same block as the monastery.
In case you're thinking of becoming a monk or not, this book describes my journey which very much resembles a roller coaster ride right out of Six Flags with plenty of loops and drops. These unpredictable life challenges gave me the resolve to spend 15 years as a monk dedicated to serving others while discovering my purpose.