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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.”

January 2017

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 [...]

October 2016

The New Buddhists.

By | 2016-10-28T23:36:02+00:00 October 28th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By John Author "We're here, we drink beer, get used to it." In a conversation with Brent Oliver on a social media outlet, which shall remain nameless, I casually referred to people like him and me as "The New Buddhists." In a way, we aren't new at all. We find fellowship with the Ikkyus, [...]

Laboratory Buddhism: The Middle Way Between Dogma & Science.

By | 2016-10-14T08:34:31+00:00 October 14th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By John Author Test tubes, beakers, bubble bubble, gurgle gurgle, buzz, sizzle, ZAP! A crazy-haired, wild-eyed eccentric in a lab coat hopping manically from station to station. That's my modus operandi. Only the laboratory is the meditative mind, and the experiment is the Noble Eightfold Path. Empiricism is hardwired into the American psyche. You probably use [...]