Author: Brent Purple Oliver

A Dharma Anarchist Goes to Summer Buddha Camp. {Strong Language}

  By Brent R. Oliver   When I was 23, I discovered Buddhism and it pulled my stupid ass out of the fire. My life was utterly pointless and I was edging toward the precipice, ready to jump. Buddhist philosophy instantly made sense and soothed all the existential angst I’d been working on so hard since age 14. It just clicked, you know? The real world suddenly came into focus. A few years later, I stumbled across my local Shambhala center. Holy shit! I didn’t know they had Buddhism in my town, so I joined up. At the time,...

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

  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, in a magazine or from the bubbly vegan microwaving something suspicious in the office breakroom. Of course, if you’re reading The Tattooed Buddha, you may be into that sort of shit so perhaps my imaginary stats are skewed. Either way, mindfulness has become one...

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

  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 back, I saw a quote that Ty Phillips, co-founder of this here bad-ass website, posted on his Facebook page. Despite never having met, he and I are fantastic digital buddies and I happened to see the quote, which went through me like a bullet....

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

  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 don’t want to do that.” – Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything The John Cusack movie Say Anything came out when I was in high school (shut up) and I loved it. Still do. Back then the quote above didn’t mean much to me. I was...

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

  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 major dichotomies are a big part of the comedy inherent in my path. The humor is very important to me because it’s a constant reminder not to take these massive matters of life, death, suffering and happiness too seriously. Of course, the dichotomies are...

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