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.

August 2017

We Can No Longer Tolerate the Intolerance

By | 2017-08-15T08:17:54+00:00 August 15th, 2017|blog, Empower Me, Featured, News & Politics|

Lately it is all you hear about, whether gender-based, nationality, faith, or sexual orientation. The ‘anti’ talk comes from many sources, but right now there is one particular politician trumping out divisive language devised to prop up beliefs that one race, one religion (one country) is superior to all others.   By J.G. [...]

Dude, Where’s My Dharma? A Review of Buddhism for Dudes {Book Review}

By | 2017-08-04T09:24:21+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism|

Gerry Stribling delivers a brass-tax, no-holds-barred approach to a way of life that most people in the world see as abstract, esoteric, or frankly unreachable. It is honest and concise. It’s hilarious. It relays that Buddhism is not some archaic religious mumbo-jumbo. It is a disciplined approach to not only mindfulness, but happiness. [...]

You Do Not Have to Conquer the World

By | 2017-08-02T08:56:44+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|blog, Empower Me, Featured|

Even though Dudeism is a wink and nod enterprise, there's a deceptive depth to the philosophies behind it. It takes the best of the world's religions and philosophies and leaves the rest, and it's still becoming---always becoming. Abiding is itself a deceptively simple concept until it's no longer a concept but an actuality. It's [...]

July 2017

What Poison Ivy Taught Me about the Dharma

By | 2017-07-25T07:55:53+00:00 July 25th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured|

A historical Soto Zen Buddhist named Gikai once said: “Dignified manner is the Buddha Dharma; decorum is the essential teaching.” I was jarred when I first read this, and I didn’t understand. How could Buddhist practice be reduced to what sounded like simply “acting nice” or “sitting up straight?” Once I was covered in [...]

The Reason Why Change is So Hard

By | 2017-07-15T17:31:43+00:00 July 15th, 2017|blog, Empower Me, Featured, Wellness|

When we notice that we’re procrastinating, seeking distraction, being harsh or critical, rationalizing quitting or putting something off, stressing out about not being able to do something, we should pause.   By Leo Babauta Many of us have things we’d like to change: our exercise and diet habits, procrastination and productivity habits, patience [...]