Author: The Tattooed Buddha

No, Westerners are not Culturally Misappropriating (Stealing) Buddhism {A Rebuttal}

  By Tyson Davis John Pendall, a colleague of mine (I’m shamelessly elevating my status here) at The Tattooed Buddha wrote a wonderful article about American Buddhism and cultural appropriation. Wonderful, but I disagree. Take a look at it here. In the article he states that we Western Buddhists are definitely guilty of cultural appropriation. In my rebuttal I’m going to pretend that cultural appropriation is actually a thing; that’s hard for me to do. But today I won’t argue that it isn’t real, I’ll just let you know why Western Buddhism, and Eastern Buddhism for that matter, aren’t...

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The Power of Dance & Getting into Our Own Bodies

  By Ellie Pappas One of the goals I’ve set for 2018 is to go to a dance workshop once a month. A dance workshop is different than having a night out dancing. It has elements that are instructional, and intentional. My emotional intention with going to these types of workshops is to get out of my head and into my body. It is about increasing self expression and delving deeper into my authentic self and my truth. One that does not require words, but simply the body’s intelligence. The workshop I went to had two basic parts: Part...

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I Got the Flu & it Changed My Life

By Gina Ficociello I write this lying in bed recovering from a life-changing illness. Not life-threatening; life-changing. I have the flu. I have had it before, but never like this. The first two days I lay in bed half conscious, either sleeping or praying for sleep. After the nausea and headaches subsided, I started getting up and trying to eat. Normally, I‘d love the idea of lying in bed reading and playing Scrabble on my phone, but I couldn’t concentrate at all. I zoned in and out for the next two days. Me and my thoughts. I realized that...

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Are You a Good Buddhist Lay?

  By Jeff Eisenberg Be honest! You immediately thought that this piece is about having sex! Come on, come clean! I know you’re already picturing erotic images from some Tantric manual, or perhaps just about the porn clip you watched last night that you are now afraid that you might have forgotten to delete from your computer’s history. Relax. I’m just kidding about doin’ the nasty. But what’s no joke in the Buddhist world is the controversy over just what it means to be a good lay Buddhist. At one point in Buddhist history it was thought that enlightenment...

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The Tattooed Buddha Sits Down with Two Buddhist Marines

  In this podcast, John Pendall and Dana Gornall sit down and talk with Gerald Stribling and Alex Thompson, both former marines, and both now Buddhist. We discuss the difference in generation between both Strib and Alex, why they chose to join the military and the similarities and differences between their reasons. We also get into why they both became Buddhist and how the military can be similar in some ways to being Buddhist with the discipline involved. Strib talks about his time spent in a monastery and how it aligns with his time being in the military. John...

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