About The Tattooed Buddha

The Tattooed Buddha was founded by Buddhist author Ty Phillips and Dana Gornall. What started out as a showcase for Ty's writing, quickly turned into collaboration with creative writer, Dana Gornall and the home for sharing the voices of friends and colleagues in the writing community. The Tattooed Buddha strives to be a noncompetitive, 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.

October 2017

What Type of Meditation Did Bodhidharma Practice?

By | 2017-10-13T08:04:04+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

The long, arduous path of concentration and mindfulness that marks Jhana meditation still exists today in the Theravadin schools, but for most meditators, it is too difficult to practice. It typically requires a monastic lifestyle of quiet surroundings and constant meditation to be successful.   By Robert Epstein What is the actual practice [...]

Can We Find a Sangha Built around an American Buddhist Practice? (Part 2)

By | 2017-10-02T07:57:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Dipping into Walden Pond, it doesn't take long to notice the Buddhistic qualities of Thoreau's ways of thinking and living. Quite striking from the outset is his presentism and mindfulness. In no uncertain terms, he proclaims himself dedicated to the here and now, no less so than Baba Ram Das, or any Zen monk [...]

September 2017

Why I Meditate

By | 2017-09-30T08:55:16+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Have I found the answers to the questions I was looking for? Definitely not. But I have come to the acceptance that there are no answers. I’ve had a glimpse of another big question that I didn’t even know I should be asking when I started meditating. That was a nice surprise.   [...]

Can We Find a Sangha Built around an American Buddhist Practice? (Part 1)

By | 2017-09-23T07:29:10+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism|

In any case, it was in the pages of Walden Pond that I discovered this entirely new sense of Buddhism as something that could be practiced in a homegrown or indigenous way, not requiring any contortionism in order to suit my native disposition. "In every man's brain is the Sanskrit," as Thoreau himself expressed [...]