Category: The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist

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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The Choice to be a Survivor, Not a Victim

  By Ty H. Phillips I’ve always wanted to start an article with Jack Nicholson’s line from Batman; “I was sitting in the bath one day when I realized why I was destined for greatness.” Alas, aside from the mention of it, I cannot. I can however start it with, I was on Facebook one day when a friend of mine who is a satanist reminded me of the Buddha’s teaching on the suffering woman.  I was involved in a thread on child abuse. This is never a fun topic and articles about it tend to show up in...

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The Middle Way Between Warrior & Priest

  By Ty H. Phillips   I tend to be a person of extremes. I can’t remember a time where I felt truly balanced—a time when a middle path was truly a middle path. I am an all or nothing type and in some ways this has helped me succeed and achieve, and in others it has wreaked havoc in my life. I would put all other functions in life secondary to meeting a goal both real and imagined. I would strip away anything that wasn’t a part of my current obsession. These obsessions were never fleeting ones though....

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My Guru is Only 6 Years Old

  By Ty H. Phillips I am going to make the assumption that we have all heard the saying, “out of the mouths of babes..” Of course this is not referring to beautiful women, but rather children. We hear truths from them because they just speak, often without thinking, and they share the truth as it is presented to them. They have no compunction against telling you that your breath stinks, that your haircut looks bad, or that you are being mean and nasty. When we are receptive to what they are telling us, children will often be our...

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Milarepa-Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi {Book Review}

  By Ty H. Phillips   “It could manifest and grow like seeds planted throughout your life, so that life itself becomes the guru. The idea is that life becomes the teacher all the time. This seems to be one of the very important messages of Milarepa’s life.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Milarepa-Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi Among teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche seems to stand out as unique. Both in the past and still now, his life, teaching style, antics, sense of humor and pageantry all seemed to...

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