Chris Johnston is a former member of the Buddhafield cult, the subject of the 2016 documentary film, 'Holy Hell'. After leaving, Chris went on to study cults and religious movements, attempting to make sense of what he'd been through. In this interview he sheds light on what happened at Buddhafield and what factors caused him to be drawn into an abusive relationship with a man proclaiming to be a guru.
Chris' insights are valuable for anyone seeking to better understand the phenomenon of cults and appeal of authoritarian leaders. They are also invaluable in addressing the question of how do we move beyond these types of relationships in our personal lives, spiritual groups and wider society.