Category: The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist

The Truth is, Suffering is not Optional, It is Inevitable…But…

  By Ty H. Phillips   Being sick, sucks. That’s really all there is to say about it. You feel miserable, long term health issues can cause emotional distress and depression and you are unable to fully enjoy the things and people around you. This being said, I feel it is paramount to address a growing trend in new age and Buddhist lingo; “suffering is optional.” While well meaning, this is both inaccurate as far as Buddhist teachings are concerned but also a sign of a dangerous teacher. Suffering is inherent in life. We get sick, we lose friends...

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Am I a Wayward Buddhist?

  By Ty H. Phillips Great writers always say to stay true to the course—write what you know; pick a topic that you love and just keep writing. I’ve been hesitant to do this of late. I have a passion for Buddhism but what is it that we are really offering on the day to day? What really is left to say about a topic that has been written about almost ad nuaseum? Detailed histories, the Pali Canon, the Tibetan Sutras, commentaries, Lamas, laymen and women, dabblers, critics and more have all taken a stab at Buddhism. Is what...

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Deadlifts & Buddhist Wisdom: What Happens When We Let Go of Goal

  By Ty H. Phillips I have a strong back. In fact, I have always prided myself in my back strength, so when I was hurt last week doing what I always do, I was a little frustrated. Now, before I go on, allow me to quantify that statement. I do have a strong back. I am no Eddy Hall (world record deadlifter with an 1100lb pull) but for a 40 year old guy who only weighs 243lbs, I am very near the 700lb mark once again. So, better than average but far from the top. That being said,...

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The Path is Not Always Clean: Clogged Pipes & The Four Truths.

  By Ty H. Phillips Three months ago or thereabouts, I became a plumbers apprentice. It was nothing like I expected. Instead of replacing penny-colored copper pipes and adjusting bathtubs, I spend my days jackhammering, digging trench, and for lack of a better term, churning feces—or as I refer to it—the dookie butter. I should really think about reaching out to Mike Rowe (host of the show Dirty Jobs), he’d have a proverbial buttload of fun standing knee deep in sewage grinding 40 year old cast iron pipe as they explode into poop filled pressure canons. Needless to say,...

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Awakening From the Daydream {Book Review}.

By Ty H. Phillips In the middle of 2011 I was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome. I was experiencing massive heart failure and was told that I was dying. As one can imagine, the threat of my mortality looming immanently had a profound effect on my psyche, as did the surgeries and long hospital stays. I became obsessed, so to speak, with the idea of death and dying and what I was going to experience. I read Stiff, No Death No Fear, Paranormal and myriads of other texts on what I may or may not experience. During the course...

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