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John Author is a featured columnist & editor for the Tattooed Buddha, podcast host, and self-published author. He has a B.S. in psychology and lives between two cornfields in rural Illinois. His errant knowledge base covers, astronomy, theology, music theory, and quoting lines from movies. John is a Caodong Ch'an student in the Empty Cloud Lineage of Hsu Yun. His Dharma name is Feng Dao which means "Wild Way" or "Windy Way." He originally wanted to become a social worker, focusing on preventative mental health care, but writing is his passion. “Above all else, I’m just a writer. Words come, I write them, I drink coffee.” Oppression and marginalization are key issues for John. “I was forced out of mainstream society at a young age by my peers. So I will always stand up for the underdog and criticize bullying, coercion, and any institution that relies on those tactics.” Asked about what the most pressing issue of our time is, he replied, “The environment. We’ve bullied the earth so much that it could almost be called marginalized.”

June 2017

Deadbeat Buddha

By | 2017-06-02T08:46:01+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Renegade Buddhist|

The Suttas say that he almost didn't leave. One account says that, as he looked in on his wife and child before he left, he wanted nothing more than to kiss them and say goodbye. Instead, he vanished into the night because he knew that if he said goodbye, he never would have had [...]

May 2017

April 2017

This is What Happens When We Stop Creating Stories About Life & Start Living

By | 2017-04-21T08:29:40+00:00 April 21st, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured, The Renegade Buddhist|

The Buddhadharma tells us that when we do the about face, we see that the storyteller is also another story. No matter where we look, we never find the, "I," just stories about the I. We find beliefs, opinions, symbols, the senses, habits, cognition and memories. Those are the building blocks we use to [...]

There is Beauty in a Broken Heart—An Impossible Gratitude

By | 2017-04-03T08:08:29+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|blog, Featured, Relationships, The Renegade Buddhist|

My biggest flaw is that I'm afraid of making mistakes. I regret not making more mistakes. I regret avoiding the "wrong" choices.   By John Pendall I'm terrified of love. It's raised me higher than any philosophy, religious experience or drug. It's pulled me into the deepest pits of despair, where even suicide [...]

March 2017