Category: The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist

Freedom From Suffering

  By Ty H. Phillips I step outside and breathe in the cold March air. I look down at the orange laces on my Aquaman Chuck Taylor’s, heave a sigh, and begin walking. This is my third 10 minute walk of the day. I take these as often as I can; typically after a meal or every hour I am free and able to. These walks are all I have right now. My health has taken a severe and unknown turn over the last six months, and has left me 60lbs lighter and unable to train weights or to...

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Living & Dying with Confidence {Book Review}

  By Ty H. Phillips The truth of suffering. When taken alone, it seems nihilistic. It is absolutely simple and true and yet, something we kick and scream against at all times. I became intimately aware of this reality in mid 2011. It was, I thought, a wake up call for me. After years of struggle and internal reflection, I came out the other side of a clash with my mortality, awake…or so I thought. After I got better, I started allowing old habits to slide back in. My dharma practice went from front seat, to back seat, to...

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What is Right View in Buddhism? {The Eightfold Path}

  By Ty H. Phillips What is Buddhism? There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people and personalities who follow the path. For some, it is a faith, to others a religion. To others still, it is a philosophy—a moral science. Some place great importance on ritual and some on great devotion to the Buddha. The truth is, all of these things can be removed. The Buddha himself was adverse to personality cults; he wanted no worshipers and no religion in his name. He spoke often and openly about his irrelevance. What was important...

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Change Must Come from the Bottom—Be a Light

  By Ty H. Phillips The snow falls gently on hard worn city streets and the light of city lamps dance on the white blanket of cold winter. Small and dirty faces peek out from behind dumpsters and bodies shiver from hunger and cold, while others, well dressed in bright winter wear, make snowmen and pull shiny new sleds up steep hills before they climb aboard and giggle their fast shooting way towards the bottom. Adults are wrapped in fuzzy blankets sipping hot coffee and cocoa while enjoying the colors and sounds of their favorite TV program. Others take...

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This is What it Feels Like to be a Grown Man with Anxiety

  By Ty H. Phillips   I have anxiety. I want to tell you that it does not define me but I can’t. It is the anxiety, not me, that decides when I leave the house when I am able to work, when and how much I am able to eat, who I can see, who I can talk to, what I watch, what I listen to, how often I stand up shower, pee, and move. I have an invisible illness. I don’t expect you to understand and I am not looking for your sympathy. I don’t want anything...

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