//John Author

About John Author

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.”

December 2016

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 [...]

September 2016

The Connection between Pieces. {Part 2: Anatta}

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:35+00:00 September 28th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured|

  By John Author Greetings my beloved Reader! It's John Author, or Pendall, or Liwa---whatever my name is, here again to spout random gibberish about stuff and things. This is a continuation of the Anatta Series that Strib unintentionally began by talking about anatta's relationship to impermanence. Some Buddhists may disagree, but to me, Anatta [...]

August 2016