Category: The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist

Letting Go of the Chase.

  By Ty H. Phillips   I want to be enlightened. It seems like a noble aspiration and I honestly don’t know if there is a better starting point, but we’ve all seen the cartoon where the man tells the Buddha, “I want happiness.” The Buddha takes away the I and the want and says here, and leaves the man with just happiness. So now I am reflecting on what I want. If I remove the desire for it, the ambitious drive for enlightenment, will I be left with just enlightenment itself? Probably not. The truth is, I am...

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Falling off the Buddha Wagon.

  By Ty H. Phillips   Buddhism isn’t about making things pretty. It’s about paying attention and we aren’t paying attention when we are distracted by fanciful thinking. Reality is nuts and bolts, earth and rain—not a series of new-agey positive psychology. Falling off of the excited convert train is hard. Filled with excitement and zeal for months, we teach and preach to anyone who will listen and then the reality sets in. Kids are behaving badly, relationships crumble, friends and family members die and our once dearly held sense of equanimity is realized to be fragile. Our pride in...

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Looking for Dharma in the Inner City.

  By Ty H. Phillips   The leaves are green and the clouds are grey. The colors of spring seem more vibrant against the dark Cleveland skies. Even with the drizzle, the ghetto streets are filled with screams, shady deals and little boys dressed as girls trying to turn a trick. They run up to cars that slow down and offer a service. The cars in the know make their exchange, those that are surprised by the gender swap upon close inspection start yelling and drive away in a tire squealing huff. Sometimes I laugh. Second story windows the...

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Resentment: Letting Them Live in Your Head, Rent Free.

  By Ty H. Phillips   As a writer, I love words. I have a special fondness for the word insidious. I cannot explain why. I like the sound, I like how it feels rolling off of my Gene Simmons-sized tongue and it seems fitting to so much that goes on in our lives. We tend to see things as neutral or as not so bad, maybe the lesser of two evils so to speak and yet, in the long run, they are ruinous. I work with a person who appears to have an insidious nature. She can be...

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Change Can be Terrifying, but the Raft is not the Shore.

  By Ty H. Phillips   There comes a time in most people’s lives where we must decide whether or not to continue down the path we have been taking. The twists and turns will be the same on most paths—as will the ups and the downs—but what differs are the people we are walking the path with. We have come to two wrong conclusions in our lives; one, that we shouldn’t have to struggle and that struggle means the path is wrong and two that we deserve to suffer, that the excess struggle means we should struggle more....

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