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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.”

February 2017

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 [...]

December 2016

Is Buddhism Anti-American?

By | 2016-12-29T09:11:36+00:00 December 29th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Renegade Buddhist|

Our culture breeds inconsideration, selfishness, and impatience. I would even say that these are the Three Poisons of our time.   By John Author Is Buddhism anti-American? What is Buddhism anyway? Is it possible to ferret out some kinda genuine Buddhadharma by looking at what remains as it migrates across the world? Answers [...]

November 2016

Renegade Buddhism: The Community of Unified Loners.

By | 2016-11-21T08:29:02+00:00 November 21st, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Renegade Buddhist|

Genuine enlightenment needs no verification. Did Buddha run around asking people if he was enlightened? Hell no. I've heard some people say, "Well, Buddha was exceptional." That belief goes against everything Buddhism stands for.   By John Author   Webster says that a renegade is, "Someone or something that causes trouble and cannot [...]

Mind by Design. {Part 3: Anatta}

By | 2016-11-14T09:47:40+00:00 November 14th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

It's never been about true and false, but about the big picture vs. one-sidedness; adaptability vs. fixation.   By John Author   "Outside the mind, there is no Dharma." - Huang-po Welcome friends and lovers, to the third installment of the Anatta Series. We've talked about the lineage of thoughts and feelings, cause and [...]