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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.”

July 2016

How to Study: Check Your Baggage.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:51+00:00 July 31st, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By Johnathon Pendall   "'Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form.' Well, that's kinda neat, but what the hell is this guy talking about? Guess I should pick up a commentary. Okay, now I get it. Things are interdependent and impermanent. That makes total sense. Awesome! I get it! Haha! [...]

June 2016

What is Red Thread Zen?

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:06+00:00 June 4th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By Johnathon Pendall   I am writing this column at the request of Daniel Scharpenburg. Yes, I do take requests. "Play Freebird!" Settle down... There was nothing---no body, no mind, no thoughts or emotions, no concepts, no duality or non-duality and no sensations. There was just a boundless, silent, motionless clarity without beginning or [...]

May 2016

Is Social Media Networking a Hindrance to Buddhist Practice?

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:06+00:00 May 29th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By Johnathon Pendall   Welcome to the nerdiest column I've ever written. "Find statistics interesting? Want to impress your friends? Do you like spending hours calculating standard deviations by hand? Well, fret no more! For $52,000 you too can learn field-specific information and suffer from crippling debt! Here's what other satisfied customers are saying..." [...]

April 2016

How I Ruined Zen.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:16+00:00 April 30th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured|

By John Pendall   I don't practice Zen anymore. My departing phrase could've been, "It's not you, it's me." I made several mistakes that thoroughly damaged my practice. I could probably return to it, but I've since moved on to other pastures in the Buddha realm. I'd also have to be repeatedly hit in the [...]

What is OM?

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:18+00:00 April 19th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured|

  By John Pendall   There I was, a socially awkward 16-year-old trying to find his place in the world. Riddled with anxiety and depression, enamored with the Beatles and all aspects of the 1960s counterculture, I set my sights to the East. Finding no refuge in Western philosophy and spirituality, I picked up a [...]

March 2016

The Reality of Things: Does Not Apply.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:27+00:00 March 28th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By John Pendall   So I've written, deleted, rewritten and archived columns over the last two weeks. It's not a case of writer's block, but more like I don't know which direction I want to go from here. I'm like a quarter that's spinning more and more erratically as it nears its rest. "Should [...]

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