Brent R. Oliver

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About Brent R. Oliver

Brent R. Oliver is a freelance writer, horror enthusiast, amateur Buddhist troublemaker, comedic mastermind, and genuine tattooed freak. Reading his work has been compared to stepping on Legos and he’s been offered several high-profile positions scrawling absurdities on some of the finest bathroom walls in America. He has turned them all down in order to stay home without pants so he can tell ludicrous tales in front of his grimy computer. Ninety percent of what he writes is outrageous nonsense and the other ten percent is genius beyond compare. The trick no one has figured out is deciding which is which. He lives in Lexington, KY with a beautiful wife he doesn’t deserve and a jet-black cat that shreds furniture and flesh alike. He does deserve that.

August 2017

You Don’t Need to Commit, Just Sit

By | 2017-08-23T08:11:57+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured, mindFully Human|

We don’t all have the same goals. It’s often assumed---especially by traditionalists---that the only use for mindfulness is scorching suffering from the face of samsara. But, well…shit. You can do whatever you want with it. You don’t even need a permit.   By Brent R. Oliver Some of us here at The Tattooed Buddha (TTB) tend toward the hardcore [...]

July 2017

More mindFully Human, Less A**hole (The Reason I’m Retiring the Gonzo Buddhist)

By | 2017-07-26T21:59:45+00:00 July 26th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, mindFully Human|

After more than a year writing here, I no longer fit into my niche. I have Hulked out of my crevice. For years, I stubbornly refused to evolve beyond my crude humor and cynicism, even though my meditation practice kept showing me how limited that was. I clung tightly to my crusty old class-clown [...]

June 2017

Fighting Buddha {Book Review}

By | 2017-06-29T07:57:27+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured, Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist|

Mr. Eisenberg has had bad experiences. He’s been led astray by teachers, seen disgusting martial-arts snake oil sold as legitimate self-defense, and watched Buddhist leaders acting badly, practicing the opposite of what they preach. He doesn’t call anyone out by name, but he writes extensively of the misdeeds and charlatanism he’s witnessed over the [...]

March 2017

January 2017

The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers by Scott Edelstein {Book Review}

By | 2017-01-25T08:09:11+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured, Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist|

Far too many students approach a spiritual teacher with unreasonable or ignorant ideas about what the teacher can do for them. It’s not usually their fault; they just don’t know exactly what a spiritual teacher does. By Brent R. Oliver Scott Edelstein has done a great service for anyone interested in studying with [...]

December 2016

September 2016

Mindfulness May be a Buzzword, But it Works if You Find the Right Dosage.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:42+00:00 September 7th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist|

  By Brent R. Oliver Mindfulness is everything and everywhere. It’s bigger than the new black. It’s heathier than Paleo. It’s better for you than yoga and Cross Fit and cupping. It’s more widespread than STDs and twice as contagious. Before reading this article, I bet you’ve already encountered the word “mindfulness” today, whether online, [...]

July 2016

I’m a Writer, I’m Buddhist & This is Why That is Terrifying.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:53+00:00 July 26th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist|

  By Brent R. Oliver   Writing has always been a bitch for me. It’s painstakingly arduous and, even after decades of practice, thoughtful reflection, and reams of crumpled-up paper, I still come up with phrases like “painstakingly arduous.” What is wrong with me? I’m a writer, that’s what, and this shit is hard. Awhile [...]

June 2016

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Non-Contributing Member of this Society (Kind of).

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:06+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist|

  By Brent R. Oliver   “I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I [...]

May 2016

I Hate My Stupid Origin Story Even Though Buddhism Saved My Life.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:11+00:00 May 18th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist|

  By Brent R. Oliver   So now that we’ve met, let’s get to know each other a little better. My first post here was all whining about how I suck at Buddhism while simultaneously congratulating myself on being such a renegade spiritual antihero. I’m sure there will be more of that to come. These [...]