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The word Buddha is a Sanskrit word which means The Awakened One: One who is awakened to reality, who understands the true nature of the mind, the world and all sentient beings.

The Tattooed Buddha strives to be an open space for the author’s authentic voice. So while not necessarily Buddhist, we are offering a dialogue that is aware and awake to the reality of our present day to day, tackling issues of community, environment, and compassionate living.

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The Yoga Slut

I’m Losing My Namaste So Maybe It’s Time to Kill the Buddha

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If you think someone has the key, if you think you know the way, if you think you've got the million dollar lottery ticket being held in an idea, a person or a path, [...]

The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist

My Guru is Only 6 Years Old

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

They have no ill intent; they feel no need to hurt or belittle you, they just blurt out the issue facing them or us and rattle off question after question (often to our annoyance) [...]

Buddhism for Dudes

The Secret to Understanding Buddhist Ethics

August 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The secret to understanding Buddhist ethics (according to the Buddha’s elevator speech) is that they all spring from one ethical foundation---harmlessness. Abstaining from killing or harming others (“Do not do evil; only do good”) [...]

Striding Through the Universe

How Do I Tell Them I’m Buddhist?

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The focus of Christianity is on salvation. The focus of Buddhism is on being more aware in this life. Buddhism is about how to live in this world, how to lessen the suffering of ourselves [...]

mindFully Human

More mindFully Human, Less A**hole (The Reason I’m Retiring the Gonzo Buddhist)

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

After more than a year writing here, I no longer fit into my niche. I have Hulked out of my crevice. For years, I stubbornly refused to evolve beyond my crude humor and cynicism, [...]

The Renegade Buddhist

Please Guru Responsibly

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Men have dominated religion and philosophy for thousands of years, and we've cluttered all of it with our veiled pissing contests, chest pounding and, if you're into Freud (I'm not), innate fear of metaphorical [...]

The American Buddhist

Nothing is Permanent—Not Even a Tattoo

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson Everything changes. These two words seem simple on the surface. But Buddhist teachers have spent the last 2,500 years explaining them to students. It’s almost so obvious as to [...]

My Two Cents: A Political Commentary

Environmental Poisons Hurting Our Nation’s Children—Especially Low Income Families

March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Denele Campbell As of 2002, the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries (54%) were children under the age of six years. Contrary to the popular myth of aging slackers, drug addicts, and welfare queens sucking [...]

The Faces of Meditation

All Coming Together as One: Join us on August 5

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

A goth, a young mother, a vegan and a hunter were all occupying space together under the watchful eyes of monks. We had nothing in common, and yet we were able to sit silently, [...]

The Faces of Meditation: Carol Reedy Rogero

June 24th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Carol Reedy Rogero If it's pre-sunrise on Sunday morning or any summer/vacation morning you'll likely find me headed to meditate at my church/pharmacy, the beach. I live about 13 miles away from the Atlantic [...]

The Faces of Meditation: Heather Bauer

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

  By Heather Bauer   This was taken by a friend recently at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. I started practicing yoga regularly two years ago, when my daughter left home as a [...]

Meditation

Meditation for Beginners

How Do I Avoid Being Aggressive in My Practice?

July 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Once we start to think of ourselves as failures in our practice, then we start to suffer. The great thing about meditation is that there is no failure. Trying counts as doing. The only [...]

Meditation for Seasoned Practitioners

Old School Mindfulness {Part I}

June 28th, 2017|1 Comment

Like weather is to climate, so feelings are to emotions. Weather changes from day to day, but it’s just a part of what it’s like in the area year after year. Emotions are complex [...]

Buddhism

Please Guru Responsibly

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Men have dominated religion and philosophy for thousands of years, and we've cluttered all of it with our veiled pissing contests, chest pounding and, if you're into Freud (I'm not), innate fear of metaphorical [...]

How Do I Tell Them I’m Buddhist?

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The focus of Christianity is on salvation. The focus of Buddhism is on being more aware in this life. Buddhism is about how to live in this world, how to lessen the suffering of ourselves [...]

Nothing is Permanent—Not Even a Tattoo

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson Everything changes. These two words seem simple on the surface. But Buddhist teachers have spent the last 2,500 years explaining them to students. It’s almost so obvious as to [...]

About A Buddha: Gautama’s Journey to Enlightenment

August 10th, 2017|0 Comments

The Buddha never called himself anything other than an ordinary human being like us; he didn't claim to be a god or inspired by a god; he didn't claim to have super powers. He [...]

Right Livelihood

I’m Losing My Namaste So Maybe It’s Time to Kill the Buddha

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If you think someone has the key, if you think you know the way, if you think you've got the million dollar lottery ticket being held in an idea, a person or a path, [...]

The Secret to Understanding Buddhist Ethics

August 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The secret to understanding Buddhist ethics (according to the Buddha’s elevator speech) is that they all spring from one ethical foundation---harmlessness. Abstaining from killing or harming others (“Do not do evil; only do good”) [...]

  • Bansky

Ditch the Race & Find Magic in Everyday Life

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

How much happier would we be if we only step back from the rat race and confusion and focus on what is really important in life?   By Deb Avery Is there a [...]

Buddhism in 5 Words

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Every day, we are reminded about how much we should love ourselves, take care of ourselves, please and pamper ourselves, but there is little talk about service to others. By Peter D. Schaller [...]

Relationships

The Fantasy of the Perfect Romantic Partner

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

What would it be like if we let go of this fantasy of a fulfilling partner, this fantasy of a better future, and instead focused on finding fulfillment in the here and now, within [...]

Choose Your Own Adventure…For Real

April 11th, 2017|0 Comments

There is a certain responsibility to living a story of power. It means we approach our relationships quite differently. We don't look outward to others for our happiness, knowing it must first be alive [...]

There is Beauty in a Broken Heart—An Impossible Gratitude

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

My biggest flaw is that I'm afraid of making mistakes. I regret not making more mistakes. I regret avoiding the "wrong" choices.   By John Pendall I'm terrified of love. It's raised me [...]

Okay, Cupid…I’m Ready (Maybe)

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Love scares us. Feelings scare us. The concept of loss and getting heart broken scares us.   By Heather Bauer I seem to be going through a transition in terms of dating and [...]

Interfaith

How Do I Tell Them I’m Buddhist?

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The focus of Christianity is on salvation. The focus of Buddhism is on being more aware in this life. Buddhism is about how to live in this world, how to lessen the suffering of ourselves [...]

Steeped in Spirituality: My Journey to India {Part 3}

August 12th, 2017|0 Comments

People aren't shy about stopping to light incense and say a quick prayer at any one of these temples or shrines. In Kochi there was a Catholic church as well as a Syrian Orthodox [...]

Stop Trying to Make Life Spiritual (It Already Is)

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

It is also a bit disheartening, a bit tragic, and a bit unreal because it puts the responsibility right back in our lap; but that is point. We have to do the work. We [...]

God Speed

April 13th, 2017|0 Comments

On the edge of our tragedy, many well-intentioned souls leaned into (then pulled out) the “God-card” for me, and while I truly appreciate the sentiment, I am not one to place too much hope [...]

Family & Parenting

The Unanticipated Waves of Grief

August 13th, 2017|1 Comment

The day we arrived at the hospice from the hospital, my daughter was wheeled into the room on a stretcher, the nurses and staff huddled around her. I was asked to wait in the [...]

My Guru is Only 6 Years Old

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

They have no ill intent; they feel no need to hurt or belittle you, they just blurt out the issue facing them or us and rattle off question after question (often to our annoyance) [...]

The Faces of Meditation: Oona

May 28th, 2017|0 Comments

  My name is Oona. I am 7 years old. I will be in 2nd grade at my school in Knoxville, TN this fall. I like to meditate. I have been meditating for one year. I [...]

Being a Buddhist Grandpa

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

For the longest time, being a Buddhist grandpa just meant that I wouldn’t fling them to the floor while they climbed all over me. I was, and still am, a human jungle gym. I [...]

News & Politics

We Can No Longer Tolerate the Intolerance

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Lately it is all you hear about, whether gender-based, nationality, faith, or sexual orientation. The ‘anti’ talk comes from many sources, but right now there is one particular politician trumping out divisive language devised [...]

The Passing of Buddhist Teacher Michael Stone & The Reason We Need to Talk More About It

July 22nd, 2017|2 Comments

There's a huge tendency to think that Buddhist teachers are better than us (especially really talented teachers like Michael Stone) or that they're somehow beyond the problems that all human beings have. But they [...]

The Darker Side of Meditation: Please Meditate Responsibly

July 3rd, 2017|1 Comment

Despite all of the possible benefits of meditation, it's entirely possible for it to topple you into psychosis, especially if you push yourself too much.   By John Author For centuries, Zen teachers [...]

President Trump is a Buddha Helping Me on the Path Toward Enlightenment

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

I must train my mind to see President Trump as a teacher and not as an adversary. He is a Buddha. And like all Buddhas, he is acting with great compassion in order to [...]

Mindful Kitchen

Do Buddhists Eat Meat? My Story {Part 1}

July 10th, 2017|1 Comment

Buddha was a mendicant monk who lived during a time when starvation was a real threat. He ate one meal a day, owned almost no possessions, and only ate the food that was given [...]

Dear Vegans: Please Step Off the Soap Box & Lead by Example

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m open to inspiration from everywhere, but if there’s an agenda of conversion, of righteousness, of persuasion, of doing the old soapbox dance...I’m gone. By Drew Tapperman More than 20 years ago, I spent six-years on [...]

In Spite of Paris: Simple Steps for Climate Activism

June 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Mitigating climate change is our responsibility. We don’t have time to sit around waiting for politicians and CEOs to come up with half-baked solutions that still generate profits and political power. By Peter [...]

Great Soil, a lot of Sweat & Two Very Humbling Lessons

June 4th, 2017|0 Comments

We so often want credit for our actions and ideas, as a means of reinforcing our worth---our very existence. I have wasted a lot of time waiting for recognition. Believe me, it’s not worth [...]

Yoga

Beer Yoga? Do We Really Need This?

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Looking at the positives, beer yoga could entice a whole new kind of practitioner into becoming a dedicated yogi.   By Kosta Miachin Beer yoga---yet another yoga hybrid, which this time has made its [...]

I’m Losing My Namaste So Maybe It’s Time to Kill the Buddha

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If you think someone has the key, if you think you know the way, if you think you've got the million dollar lottery ticket being held in an idea, a person or a path, [...]

The Passing of Buddhist Teacher Michael Stone & The Reason We Need to Talk More About It

July 22nd, 2017|2 Comments

There's a huge tendency to think that Buddhist teachers are better than us (especially really talented teachers like Michael Stone) or that they're somehow beyond the problems that all human beings have. But they [...]

The Little Lie That Kept Going All Day: My Journey to India {Part II}

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

I stopped to look and the little girl said, "I show you!" She took my hand and said, "Henna!", put a stamp in a tub with henna paste wrapped in a cloth and began [...]

Environment

Looking for Dharma in the Weeds

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

The stinging thistle had grown its way through and around my hostas. I reach toward the base and pull, wondering what the lesson is that I am supposed to be receiving. I hate pulling weeds. It's [...]

Dear Vegans: Please Step Off the Soap Box & Lead by Example

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m open to inspiration from everywhere, but if there’s an agenda of conversion, of righteousness, of persuasion, of doing the old soapbox dance...I’m gone. By Drew Tapperman More than 20 years ago, I spent six-years on [...]

In Spite of Paris: Simple Steps for Climate Activism

June 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Mitigating climate change is our responsibility. We don’t have time to sit around waiting for politicians and CEOs to come up with half-baked solutions that still generate profits and political power. By Peter [...]

Great Soil, a lot of Sweat & Two Very Humbling Lessons

June 4th, 2017|0 Comments

We so often want credit for our actions and ideas, as a means of reinforcing our worth---our very existence. I have wasted a lot of time waiting for recognition. Believe me, it’s not worth [...]

Wellness

Beer Yoga? Do We Really Need This?

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Looking at the positives, beer yoga could entice a whole new kind of practitioner into becoming a dedicated yogi.   By Kosta Miachin Beer yoga---yet another yoga hybrid, which this time has made its [...]

Steeped in Spirituality: My Journey to India {Part 3}

August 12th, 2017|0 Comments

People aren't shy about stopping to light incense and say a quick prayer at any one of these temples or shrines. In Kochi there was a Catholic church as well as a Syrian Orthodox [...]

The Reason Why Change is So Hard

July 15th, 2017|0 Comments

When we notice that we’re procrastinating, seeking distraction, being harsh or critical, rationalizing quitting or putting something off, stressing out about not being able to do something, we should pause.   By Leo [...]

Using Buddhism to Deal with Anxiety: All Suffering Comes from the Mind

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Buddha taught that desire is the root of all suffering. There are many ways to interpret this teaching, but for me it basically means that there are two versions of the world in any [...]

Empower Me

We Can No Longer Tolerate the Intolerance

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Lately it is all you hear about, whether gender-based, nationality, faith, or sexual orientation. The ‘anti’ talk comes from many sources, but right now there is one particular politician trumping out divisive language devised [...]

The Fantasy of the Perfect Romantic Partner

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

What would it be like if we let go of this fantasy of a fulfilling partner, this fantasy of a better future, and instead focused on finding fulfillment in the here and now, within [...]

The Magic Bird Kite & What Really Mattered

August 6th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Carmelene Melanie Siani "Look!" David exclaimed. Up in the air in front of us was a huge multi-colored bird swooping and soaring in the wind. Was it some kind of sea bird? Was it [...]

You Do Not Have to Conquer the World

August 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Even though Dudeism is a wink and nod enterprise, there's a deceptive depth to the philosophies behind it. It takes the best of the world's religions and philosophies and leaves the rest, and it's [...]

Arts

Dude, Where’s My Dharma? A Review of Buddhism for Dudes {Book Review}

August 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Gerry Stribling delivers a brass-tax, no-holds-barred approach to a way of life that most people in the world see as abstract, esoteric, or frankly unreachable. It is honest and concise. It’s hilarious. It relays [...]

The World is Constantly Changing, Yet the Letters Remain the Same

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

We can boast about how society has changed or evolved (even improved), but the foundation of communication are the letters that grew from symbols once scratched out on the walls of caves.   [...]

Milarepa-Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi {Book Review}

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Like Trungpa after him, Milarepa led a very unique and controversial life. His story touches a group of people who would have felt they could never be redeemed so to speak.   By [...]

Fighting Buddha {Book Review}

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mr. Eisenberg has had bad experiences. He’s been led astray by teachers, seen disgusting martial-arts snake oil sold as legitimate self-defense, and watched Buddhist leaders acting badly, practicing the opposite of what they preach. [...]

TTB Podcasts

The Tattooed Buddha Podcast: Special Guest Gerald Stribling, Author of Buddhism for Dudes.

February 1st, 2016|0 Comments

  In this podcast, Ty, Dana, Daniel and John sit down and chat with Gerald Stribling, author of the book, Buddhism for Dudes. We listen to Gerry's fascinating stories, talk about his book, weed and wisdom [...]

The Tattooed Buddha Podcast: Is There Sexism in Buddhism?

January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

  In this podcast, The Tattooed Buddha podcast team discuss whether or not sexism occurs in Buddhism and how women are viewed in many different religions, after John brought up an article to discuss. Read [...]

Practicing Without a Teacher: The Outliers.

January 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Ty, Dana, Daniel and John talk about whether or not it is possible to practice Buddhism without a teacher, how to stay the path and the fact that even Buddhists can send hate mail sometimes. [...]