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About Ty Phillips

Ty Phillips is the co-founder and director of The Tattooed Buddha. A former big city bouncer, now pacifist Buddhist minister, and writer he spends his time counseling youth and hard to reach adults in peaceful and engaged means. Using his past as an example, he is able to engage those who would otherwise probably not seek out and relate to dharma teachers. Ty is a contributing author for The Good Men Project, Rebelle, BeliefNet, Patheos and The Petoskey News. He is a long term Buddhist and a lineage holder, as well as a father to three amazing girls and a tiny dog named Fuzz. You can see his writing at The Good Men Project, BeliefNet, Rebelle Society.

May 2016

Everybody Wants Enlightenment, But Nobody Wants to Lift the Weight.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:15+00:00 May 1st, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist|

Atlas and the Hesperides, Jon Singer Sargent 1925   By Ty H. Phillips Ronnie Coleman, the eight time winner of the title Mr. Olympia, was quoted as saying, “everybody wants to be a body builder but nobody wants to lift this heavy ass weight.” While not known as an intellectual, he makes a profound point. [...]

April 2016

March 2016

Ty, You’re Dying.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:35+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured, Wellness|

by Ty H Phillips In 2011, three words changed my life; “Ty, you’re dying.” I can never unhear them and unlike what you see on TV when someone finds out they are gravely ill, each moment was not more crisp for me, in fact, each passing moment was terrifying. There was no blue sky awakening, [...]

February 2016

The Mind of Spring.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:39+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Family & Parenting, Featured|

By Ty H Phillips I open the window to a warm breeze from the west; bird song bursts through the wind-kissed sill. I take a deep breath and pick up the scent of grass breaking through the melting snow. I am elated at the thought of spring and know that soon I will be placing [...]

Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm. {Book Review}

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:39+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Arts, blog, Buddhism|

  By Ty H. Phillips   Ajahn Brahm does it again. Returning with this small tome of wisdom aptly titled Kindfulness, students and readers of Brahm will once again be settling into his warmth and trademark humor, as they find themselves learning not just about mindfulness, but the process of simply engaging all things with [...]

A Dream that Haunts Me.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:45+00:00 February 8th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By Ty H. Phillips   In 2011 I was ordained in the Celtic Buddhist lineage. The lineage, much like the pioneer that created it are controversial. The Celtic Buddhist lineage is an offshoot of the Chogyam Trungpa lineage, itself somewhat controversial. It seemed like a perfect fit for me---both my background and my story [...]