About Alex Montagu

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ALEX MONTAGU is a certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher, accredited by the IMMA (International Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance) and CPD from the School of Positive Transformation, as well as the founding partner of New York-based Montagu Law. He created TranquilLawyer.com as a platform with which to guide fellow lawyers and all other professionals in high-stress fields toward more fulfilling lives through meditation and mindfulness practices. His comprehensive studies and unique insight on various Eastern and esoteric philosophies and how they may be practically applied by those in Western cultures into their own lives has proven beneficial to many in the legal profession. He is passionate about sharing everything he’s learned and continues to provide guidance in managing the causes of stress across aspects of professional and personal life.

He is an active member of the New York City Bar Association Mindfulness and Well-Being in Law Committee and is the author of the novel “The Riddle of the Sphinx”, a historic thriller and semi-biographical journey of self-discovery. He received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School in 1991, a B.A. and M.A. in Law from the University of Cambridge where he received Double First Class Honours in 1989, as well as an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude in 1987. In 2021, Alex conducted free courses on Mindfulness and Meditation for teens and adults at the Key Clinic (London).


If you love history, culture and a healthy amount of Buddhist teaching, this was my very first Novel.

Embracing many facets of my life experiences ‘The Riddle Of The Sphinx’ was indeed a formative element my deepening appreciation for the many incredible teachings that the world benefits from to this day.

Amazon – The Riddle Of The Sphinx
Alex Montagu

What inspired you to write the book?

About six years ago, I started to learn about Buddhism and its teachings on meditation, mindfulness, wisdom and compassion. As I deepened my studies as well as my sitting practice, it began to occur to me that there was a whole dimension of my life that I had been completely unaware of until that point. Carl Jung said “Who looks out dreams; who looks in inside awakes”. I started to look inside and wake up—which for me has been a very gradual process. But then I realized that these teachings– that insight and wisdom come from looking in rather than grasping and groping outside—are not just part of Eastern philosophy. They have been written about in Western literature, beginning with the Greeks and all the way up to modern times with writers such as Marcel Proust, who I studied a great deal as a Comparative Literature major at Princeton. How could I have missed this for half my life? So I went back to these works that I loved and I read them as if with new eyes and this inspired me to write this novel.

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My hope for these pages is to be a modern-day Academy, much like Plato’s Academy, in order to reduce stress and anxiety in our individual lives and perhaps even help mankind reverse course from its current ego-driven and lethal trajectory.   

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