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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. Technically a lay Buddhist, Author considers himself an Upayanist: “Using whatever’s available to serve someone. Whether it stems from Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, science, or Western philosophy.” 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.” John hopes to one day create an alternative Sangha that rests somewhere between the secular and the esoteric. “It’s all about balance. That’s the key message of the Middle Way.” Author’s favorite Buddhist quote is, “Be a lamp unto yourselves, let the Dharma be your lamp.”

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

February 2017

There is No Refuge: My Zafu’s On Fire

By | 2017-02-23T09:39:17+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Environment, Featured, Right Livelihood, The Renegade Buddhist|

What's going on while we sit in silent equipoise or debate Dharma in decked out temple halls? The earth is dying, that's what's happening.   By John Author It's everywhere; there's no denying it. I can turn off all my tech, but the minute I go to work---there it is...politics. Now don't run away [...]

I Don’t Feel Like a Buddhist Anymore: The Lying Sage & The Digital Self

By | 2017-02-11T10:15:26+00:00 February 11th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, The Renegade Buddhist|

I'm a Buddhist who's finding it more and more difficult to write about Buddhism. Honestly, if I kept going with it, I would just start to repeat myself.   By John Author   Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another installment of John Author's pretentious, winding, anarchistic inner monologue. Daniel Scharpenburg, my Dharma bro, [...]

January 2017

The Biological, Evolutional, Sociological Case for Compassion.

By | 2017-01-27T08:44:10+00:00 January 27th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Environment, Featured, The Renegade Buddhist|

We can't just block or unfriend the people we work with; we can't put ourselves out there into the workaday world without encountering humbling opposition. Technology is supposed to bring the world together, to allow us to learn from and exchange ideas with people we'd never have encountered in day-to-day life.   By [...]