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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.”

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

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 [...]