Author: The Tattooed Buddha

Loving the Temporary: Nothing is Permanent

  By Nina Rubin In November, I got a temporary job in San Diego. Let’s backtrack even further for context. About five years ago, I wrote a living vision and claimed that I’d like to live in the fine city of San Diego. I didn’t make that happen and, instead, moved multiple times to the edges of Los Angeles County. I did everything I could to be near LA without being in it anymore. So after my two most recent moves, I decided it was time to put feelers out and see if I could make a temporary home...

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When I Stopped Just Reading about Zen & Actually Started Practicing It

  By Tyson Davis Sentient Beings are numberless, I vow to save them. ~ First of the Four Bodhisattva Vows Our editor, Buddha bless her soul, sent out a request asking us to talk about how our meditation practice has helped us in our daily lives. This is something that I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. And I’ve come to a strange conclusion; my meditation practice has helped you—just as much, if not more—than it’s helped me. Yes, you read that correctly. I have been reading about Buddhism, and particularly Zen Buddhism for about 25 years, give...

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Making Time to Meditate: A Guide for the Busy Mama (and Dad)

  By Jennifer Mazzoni   Daily life is quite busy for moms. Balancing home life, work life, time with your spouse or partner, and time with your children can be a challenging task. There is little free time left for Mom when you look at the day as a whole. And many of you moms may argue, if I have so little free time on a daily basis, why should I take up some of that time to meditate? We all have daily rituals we enjoy, such as that delicious cup of coffee that welcomes us with its warmth...

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How to be Happy When Life Sucks

By Leo Babauta Sometimes life throws you into a miserable situation, and it can seem pretty dark. Here are just a few examples of unhappy situations: You lost a loved one You received bad news Your finances are messed up You’re having a bad day at work Your partner is mad at you or has broken up with you You’re sick or really tired You’re in pain Someone has hurt you emotionally These are terrible, and it’s normal to be pretty unhappy when things like this happen. You might wonder why life sucks so hard. Why can’t things be...

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The Tattooed Team Spotlight: Brent Purple Oliver, Columnist, Podcast Team & Mindfulness Instructor

  Where do you live? Bourbon country. Lexington, KY Besides writing, what do you do for a living? I’m a bartender at a local farm-to-table restaurant. I’m also a mindfulness coach who works with individuals and groups in person and online. Do you have a blog? No, but I have a website: What places/publications have you written for? The Tattooed Buddha, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Morpheus Do you have kids? Describe your family. My wife and I have been married almost 13 years. No children by choice. How did you become involved with TTB? I’d been contributing to...

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