Author: The Tattooed Buddha

Breakfast in a Cloud. {Creative Fiction}

  By Karl Saliter While Nepal changed her, Yeumi changed out of her pajamas, loose-fitting cotton drawstring pants that had been yoga pants for a couple of years—-and were now covered in patches—some sewn on by her, some by dear friends. Her pack, her pants, even her Kindle; there were objects all around her covered with memories. But this morning, she was less aware of them than an underground stone is of the stars. So she simply hoisted her pack, strapped herself in, and hit the walking highway of well-placed stones. On her way up, large groups of tourists...

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A Space for My Heart to Bloom.

    By Sarah Harvey I unroll my turquoise yoga mat and smile like a kid with a triple-scoop ice cream cone. I gaze lovingly at this newly created just-for-yoga, just-for-me space and feel this unparalleled sense of satisfaction. My cells are buzzing. Euphoric waves of comfort and creativity pulse through me, softly moving me towards a sweet second of surrender. One look at the carefully placed artwork on the formerly plain, peeling walls brings me to my knees. I fall to my mat and bow inward, towards myself. At first I tremble, overwhelmed with vulnerability, paralyzed with fear. But, I stay...

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Practicing for All Beings.

By Zuiko Redding We tend to think, in our ego-centered ways, that our practice is our practice. I, an entity separate from the rest of the universe, does this practice. We begin to quarrel when we think this way, trying to make the practice accord exactly with our ideas. We ask, “Who is this ‘I’?” “Whose practice is this, anyway?” It’s ours, but it’s also for those who cannot come sit, study, or follow the Buddha’s path with their lives. It’s for those who might come in the future and for those who can never come, but are supported by...

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Real Spirituality is Revolutionary.

  By Ben Neal I woke one morning to the sound of chainsaws. The owner of the land (what a concept…) where I live had signed a contract with a local lumber company, giving them the right to harvest some of the valuable oak, maple and cedar trees that surround my quiet country house. Soon there were stacks of freshly fallen timber piled at the end of my driveway, in pyramids 10 feet high, waiting to be loaded onto trailers and hauled to a nearby processing plant. As I walked among the piles, ran my hands along the rough...

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Religion Without God.

    By Reginald A. Ray, Ph.D. What does it mean to be a religion without a God? More broadly, what does it mean to live without an exterior savior of any kind? In the 1930′s, the scholar Helmuth von Glassenapp published a book entitled Buddhism: A Non-theistic Religion. In this title the author was making the point that unlike most of the other world religions, Buddhism denies the ultimate existence of any “God” or deity. As von Glassenapp indicates, non-theism is fundamental to Buddhism and stands right at the heart of its spirituality. Unfortunately, people in the West have...

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