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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

The Reason I Can Totally Relate to the Buddha’s Parents

September 12th, 2017|0 Comments

My son is a Senior in high school this year. It's a big year. He has so many choices and so many decisions to make. Will he go to college? If so, what college? [...]

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

What I Have to Show So Far After 42 Years of Meditation

September 6th, 2017|1 Comment

I have not felt fear in decades. Granted, a lot of that might be due to the training Marines get, and my unnaturally slow startle response (and also I carry a gun). But the [...]

Awake in the City

Awake in the City

September 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

I've studied with and been "empowered" by various teachers over the years and I think I've learned a thing or two that I'd like to share. But I don't want to be anyone's master. [...]

mindFully Human

You Don’t Need to Commit, Just Sit

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

We don’t all have the same goals. It’s often assumed---especially by traditionalists---that the only use for mindfulness is scorching suffering from the face of samsara. But, well…shit. You can do whatever you want with it. You don’t even need a [...]

The Renegade Buddhist

Sticks & Stones May Break Bones, But Words Can Hurt Us Too

September 15th, 2017|0 Comments

I don't know why we have these issues with Right Speech, or with Buddhist Ethics in general. It seems like most of us would rather skip that part of Buddhism to get to the, [...]

The American Buddhist

No Radioactive Spider, No Secret Ceremony: Becoming Enlightened Takes Work

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

That is to say, the secret to Buddha's enlightenment was never a secret. In fact, he revealed exactly how his "super power" worked right out of the gate when he spoke to the ascetics [...]

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

Sit Down, Be Still, Shut Up: A Basic Meditation Guide

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

If you are using your breath as a focus, count each breath as you exhale repeating the word “one,” 1 and 2, or count to four and repeat. If you prefer a mantra the [...]

Meditation for Seasoned Practitioners

What I Have to Show So Far After 42 Years of Meditation

September 6th, 2017|1 Comment

I have not felt fear in decades. Granted, a lot of that might be due to the training Marines get, and my unnaturally slow startle response (and also I carry a gun). But the [...]

Buddhism

Sticks & Stones May Break Bones, But Words Can Hurt Us Too

September 15th, 2017|0 Comments

I don't know why we have these issues with Right Speech, or with Buddhist Ethics in general. It seems like most of us would rather skip that part of Buddhism to get to the, [...]

How to Love without Fear? You Fake it till You Make It, Man.

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Love makes us kind, but sometimes the effect doesn't follow the cause. Sometimes the effect precedes the cause (Far out, man). Sometimes cats walk backwards, the head following the tail. Sometimes, if you smile [...]

The Reason I Can Totally Relate to the Buddha’s Parents

September 12th, 2017|0 Comments

My son is a Senior in high school this year. It's a big year. He has so many choices and so many decisions to make. Will he go to college? If so, what college? [...]

Dear Sangha, Thank You for Making me Less of an A**

September 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If it hadn’t been for my Sangha, I am pretty sure I would have given up meditation. But being around other dedicated practitioners, my compassionate teacher, and new people who were just beginning on [...]

Right Livelihood

Choosing to Leave the Rat Race

September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

As my own boss, I need to tighten the reins. But hey, I’ve been doing this business thing for less than a year. I am learning how to set boundaries and estimate time frames. [...]

The Reason You Can’t Get Control Over Your Life & What to Do About It

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

If life is uncontrollable, and because we don’t like the feeling of being out of control, we do all kinds of things to seek control, but it doesn’t work. What alternative is there? [...]

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”) [...]

Relationships

The Power of Grief & How it Changes Us

September 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Every person has lost something. A parent, a grandparent, a sibling, a pet, a job, a house, a marriage, even their youth. There is a whole segment of our country this very day who have lost [...]

How to Love without Fear? You Fake it till You Make It, Man.

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Love makes us kind, but sometimes the effect doesn't follow the cause. Sometimes the effect precedes the cause (Far out, man). Sometimes cats walk backwards, the head following the tail. Sometimes, if you smile [...]

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 [...]

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 Reason I Can Totally Relate to the Buddha’s Parents

September 12th, 2017|0 Comments

My son is a Senior in high school this year. It's a big year. He has so many choices and so many decisions to make. Will he go to college? If so, what college? [...]

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Living in the Now Because Today is All We Know for Sure

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

I’ve learned that life happens, and it happens big sometimes, like in the births and the weddings. Yet, it also happens small---in the tea parties, and fort making and homemade play doh. Life happens [...]

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) [...]

News & Politics

No Choice But to be Present: Spiritual Reflections on What Emerges from Political Crisis

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The positive outcome I'm thinking about is on a more personal level. In a time of political and social crisis, each of us faces the challenge of renewing our understanding and connection to the [...]

The Resolution for Hate & Violence is not More Hate & Violence

August 28th, 2017|0 Comments

It takes guts and balls and courage to do what Daryl Davis does. The results of these friendships is secondary to the friendships themselves. If you don’t browbeat people, you can influence them. [...]

The Reason We Defend the Defenseless (Even When they are Hate Groups)

August 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

See, that day early on when I had asked B whether he had to know if someone was guilty or not, he'd told me one simple thing in response that I have never forgotten. [...]

How Do We (as Buddhists) Respond to Violence?

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Don't be intimidated by the Ku Klux Klan or the Alt-Right. And don't be intimidated by madmen who run over protesters with their cars. Dust yourself off, keep your hands up, and step back [...]

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

Can I Find Salvation on the Mat?

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Now eight months in, have I been trapped? Was I beginning to believe in something I could not believe in? How could I so easily be convinced this was the hardest thing I had [...]

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 [...]

Environment

Teaching Compassion within the Tragedy

September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Tragedy has a way of doing that, it seems. People who were arguing a few days ago are suddenly helping one another. Strangers commit random acts of kindness and put their own needs aside [...]

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 [...]

Wellness

The Cup of Tea That Changed Everything

September 18th, 2017|0 Comments

“Do you know the repeat infusion method for making tea?” she asked. No, I didn’t. She explained that the gaiwan was ready for me to pour off into the brown cup, and that when [...]

Do We Always Need a Coach, Yogi or Guru to Guide Us?

September 9th, 2017|0 Comments

We can easily miss out on the little things that are rising up to meet us in the present moment: seeing a beautiful piece of nature, listening to the joy of a child's laughter, [...]

  • couple dancing in kitchen

Living in the Now Because Today is All We Know for Sure

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

I’ve learned that life happens, and it happens big sometimes, like in the births and the weddings. Yet, it also happens small---in the tea parties, and fort making and homemade play doh. Life happens [...]

Nature’s Lessons on Suffering & the End of Suffering

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

When I found out several years ago that I had a chronic disease, it was difficult for me to accept. There would be things I would be limited in doing and gradually there became [...]

Empower Me

The Power of Grief & How it Changes Us

September 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Every person has lost something. A parent, a grandparent, a sibling, a pet, a job, a house, a marriage, even their youth. There is a whole segment of our country this very day who have lost [...]

Sticks & Stones May Break Bones, But Words Can Hurt Us Too

September 15th, 2017|0 Comments

I don't know why we have these issues with Right Speech, or with Buddhist Ethics in general. It seems like most of us would rather skip that part of Buddhism to get to the, [...]

How to Love without Fear? You Fake it till You Make It, Man.

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Love makes us kind, but sometimes the effect doesn't follow the cause. Sometimes the effect precedes the cause (Far out, man). Sometimes cats walk backwards, the head following the tail. Sometimes, if you smile [...]

Sit Down, Be Still, Shut Up: A Basic Meditation Guide

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

If you are using your breath as a focus, count each breath as you exhale repeating the word “one,” 1 and 2, or count to four and repeat. If you prefer a mantra the [...]

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. [...]