Born in Andover, Massachusetts—Louis attended the Tilton School in New Hampshire where he discovered his deep passion for philosophy, theology, metaphysics and esoterism. He received his BA in literature and political philosophy from Northeastern University in Boston, and continued his education at the University of London-Goldsmiths. He attended the Massachusetts School of Law and studied Ethics, Mind, and Consciousness at the University of Edinburgh.
While at University, he completed the preliminary practices of the Tibetan Buddhist ngondro. From 1991-1994 he studied under the tutelage of Gelugpa lineage monk Geshe T’sulga and received his Kalachakra and Medicine Buddha initiations from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Lama Surya Das. He received his zen training with Robert Althouse in Hawai’i. After contemplating monastic life until 1999 and studying with Sri Ammrita Ananda Maya— he was instructed by Sri Mahendreji Yogi of the Giri yogic lineage at Joshimath in Northern India to enter householder life and let go of “outward” spiritual practice completely—which he did for the following fifteen years. He studied privately with Khenpo Sonam and received transmission of Longchen Nyingthig and Dudjom Tersar lineage teachings at Lhundrup Choling in Los Angeles from 2013-2014 before moving to Bali, and then Italy to work on his first novel-Capernaum, Massachusetts.
Louis’ 2017 breakout collection of essays, Vague Apocalyptica, Capitalism, Humanism, and Democracy earned him critical acclaim and the nickname of the “the Jackson Pollack of contextual analysis.: His book was also called the “One book every American should read ASAP”, by the Huffington Post.
Louis' writing and life-work comprise a continual contemplation on meaning and purpose. He locates humanity at a critical nexus of politicised life and spiritual life where we acutely experience “distance and otherness.” In a recent interview he said, “The tension between the agrarian, earth-bound impulse and the technocratic and corporatist mentality is now fully manifest in individuals themselves. We have internalized the greatest challenge to our humanity —and each one of us must figure out where they stand on the line. There are those who intuit our responsibility to the biosphere and those whose minds are warped by the lure of efficiency, greed and ignorance. As such, an entitled minority brazenly disregard our most intimate ethos, that of protecting one another and our resources, and instead acquire, accumulate and hoard."
Louis is an outspoken advocate for privacy, solitude and thoughtfulness and cautions that the unbridled spread of technology and corporatism pose a direct threat to shared humanity. His own life and work serve as an open invitation, inspiration and reminder anyone interested in forging a unique, meaningful existence in a world that often seems alienating to love, intimacy and friendship.
In 2019, after two decades of corporate life as a brand strategist, entrepreneur, and management consultant, he returned to rural New England to undertake an extended period of writing and retreat based on a deep feeling of belonging to the place he was born and raised. He lives in rural Vermont and is in the planning stages for a holistic retreat center for the cultivation of engaged permaculture, biodynamics, equine therapy, farm-to-table gastronomy and yoga with his life-partner Kate.
You can reach him by emailing email@example.com, and you can find his more of his work here.