In autumn 1990, Christopher Andrew Johnston joined a new religious movement that called themselves the Buddhafield. During the sixteen years he was with the group he served their leader on a daily basis in a variety of roles. As his involvement deepened the behind the scenes antics of the self-styled “spiritual master” became increasingly absurd and exploitative. Chris speaks candidly about his experience in a conversational style that includes audience member participation. His story is documented in the film Holy Hell, a movie by film maker Will Allen that is available on iTunes and Amazon.

<a></a>Christopher Andrew Johnston is a conflict resolution specialist, researcher and educator. Currently, he is the community outreach coordinator for Holy Hell, a documentary by film maker Will Allen that Chris appears in. Using extensive archival footage and interviews with ex-members, it chronicles 22 years inside a new religious movement (aka. Cult). Chris speaks publicly about his experience in the Buddhafield Cult as well as other topics related to conflict, culture, or communication. Connect with Chris via Facebook at

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