Author: The Tattooed Buddha

5 Types of People to Avoid on Your Personal Growth Journey

  By Crystal Caracciolo We have all heard the saying “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” This seems to warrant the idea that we are much like the company we keep, and for some this may be true. However, if we are spiritually and personally growing and expanding, it is presenting as the exact opposite. When we start to improve our lives with personal development or are on the journey of our spiritual awakening slowly realizing our inner wisdom and potential, we begin to look more closely at whom we surround ourselves...

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Finding Hope in the Pure Land

  By Ivan Latham There is a certain misconception about Buddhism in the West which often seems to relegate it to the self-help section of the bookstore or library. The banquet of the Dharma—the corpus of discourses and teachings given to us by the Buddha—is all too frequently reduced to a watery porridge of motivational quotes. Buddhism often finds itself grossly misrepresented and popularized by life coaches as some kind of psychological sticking-plaster to help us muddle through life. But the truth is far greater, and more ontologically far-reaching than the latest self-help bestseller riddled with Buddhist references often...

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Does Following Right Speech Mean I Can’t Swear? {The Eightfold Path}

  By J. Martin Samma-vaca as it is written in Pali translates to things like Perfected Speech, or Whole speech. I prefer good ol’ Right Speech. Now it is important to realize from the beginning that the Buddha never meant “right” in the traditional Western sense of “right and wrong.” That is a discriminative and dualistic thought. Our dude didn’t do that. This is part of the whole “being your own light” thing. If you were to look at the text book definition Right Speech, it would state something like, “Clear, truthful, uplifting and non-harmful communication.” And to answer the...

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Parenting with Right Intention {The Eightfold Path}

  By J. G. Lewis   Most, or many, of us are born into parenthood. We don’t think of it in our younger days. We might talk about it as we get older, but then it just happens. Then—regardless of all you have experienced—you realize how aptly unprepared you are for the process, the role and the outcome. As I see it, nothing exemplifies, or personifies, our attempt at Right Intention/Thought more than our everyday struggle to be a parent. It is a living and breathing example on how we try, how we fail, and how we wake up...

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That Time We Got to Talk with Author, Jack Haubner (Single White Monk) {Podcast}

We all got to sit down and talk with Jack Haubner, author of Zen Confidential and Single White Monk, and we were all super geeked about it. When Brent R. Oliver reviewed Jack’s book, we were all intrigued. One of the missions of The Tattooed Buddha is to highlight the extreme humanness of people that are practicing Buddhism, or even people just trying to be better people. Jack’s books seemed to touch on this exactly. When we found out we had the opportunity to actually talk to Jack and ask questions, we were all super excited and grateful! Sit...

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