Author: The Tattooed Buddha

Zen is Hard

  By Tyson Davis   “One day, someone asked Layman Pang, ‘Is Zen difficult or easy?’ “He replied, ‘It’s like trying to hit the moon with a stick. Very difficult!’ “Then this man thought, ‘Oh, Zen is very difficult.’ So he asked Layman Pang’s wife, ‘Your husband said Zen is difficult. I ask you, then, is Zen difficult or easy?’ “She said, ‘Oh, Zen is very easy! It’s like touching your nose when you wash your face in the morning!’ “The man could not understand. He thought to himself, ‘Hmmm … Layman Pang says Zen is difficult; his wife...

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The Tattooed Team Spotlight: John Lee Pendall, Editor, Podcast Team & Sound Editor

  Where do you live? La Salle County, Illinois. Besides writing, what do you do for a living? Janitor at a giant superstore which shall remain nameless. Do you have a blog? I do: What places/publications have you written for? TTB, the local newspaper, and, ugh, Elephant Journal. Do you have kids? Describe your family? No kids yet, and most of my family is totally freaking insane. Myself included, though I like to think I’m in recovery. How did you become involved with TTB? Fellow Dharma misfit Daniel Scharpenburg asked me to submit a piece, so I did....

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Who You are is All in Your Head

  By Ivan Latham So much of our trouble as a species arises from our unruly thought-life. We attach so much attention to the mists that form in our mind that they acquire a certain substance, solidify, and slam down into our previously calm mentality. We become preoccupied with their intrusion, filled with angst at what they represent, and disturbed by the waves they cause. We obsess to the point of total distraction. Fear and fantasy, expectation of good and bad, the craving for the unwholesome and even the wholesome—when the mind is hankering so much after a certain...

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When You’re Buddhist & Angry

  By Alison Page I think anger gets a bad rep in Buddhism and other spiritual paths. As a practitioner, I feel a self-created pressure to always be kind to others, put the needs of others before my own, and always help out even when it is not reciprocated. This inevitably leads me to feel used and burnt out, and I end up losing touch with my own feelings and needs. Getting in touch with my anger has helped me realize when I need to assert myself and set a boundary; something has occurred that I do not feel...

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Right Livelihood: What to Do if Your Job is Too Un-Dude {The Eightfold Path}

  By Lee Glazier So, I know what you, wait, how do I say this? I know what you think I’m going to say? That doesn’t sound right, does it? I’ll just leave it. You think I’m gonna say: Right Livelihood is No Livelihood, right? Ha-ha! You’re a funny dude, Dude. But, no, that’s not what I was gonna say. I was gonna say that Right Livelihood is, well, no, you, you were right: Right Livelihood is No Livelihood. I mean, where the hell can we find Right Livelihood anywhere at this point, ya know? Every job that’s available...

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