Category: The Renegade Buddhist

Taoism & Buddhism: 2 Peas in a Pod.

  By John Author I’ve been in a great mood the past few days. Even when everything is shitty, the good mood still vibes beneath it all. I’ve found myself giggling at the things that pissed me off a week ago. Working among the busy hubbub, the chaos of the retail world, the rapid-fire orders, and moronic drivers—I’m just flowing, walking along like I’m enjoying a Sunday in the park rather than a pre-Christmas Saturday at one of the most popular retail chains. I’ve been studying Chuang Tzu: The Inner Chapters, a Taoist text. Taoism and Buddhism have a...

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It’s True, Mindfulness Can Suck…But it’s Supposed To.

  By John Author   I recently read an article detailing a blogger’s experience with mindfulness. She learned about it from a friend, and it was fed to her as a “Feel Good” tool (Sheesh, that train was destined to derail right from the get-go). After practicing it for awhile, she remarked on how feeling good is easier without mindfulness. Sometimes the present moment just sucks ass, and it feels good to let the mind wander. I thought about posting a link to the article, but you can just Google “Mindfulness sucks” and get pages full of similar complaints....

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Enlightenment: Do You Want Fries with That?

  By John Author A somber figure stands at the crossroads. You can go left, or you can go right (Fuck you). This is a “false dilemma,” and it pretty much dominates our entire lives. It permeates everything from grandiose ideals to mundane decisions—paper or plastic? Freedom can’t survive in a realm of limited choices. The outcome of those choices has already been determined by the one offering them. We’re usually offered A or B, but those aren’t the only options. There’s also C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J… We’re offered left or right, but there’s also forward,...

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Renegade Buddhism: The Community of Unified Loners.

  By John Author   Webster says that a renegade is, “Someone or something that causes trouble and cannot be controlled.” Another definition is, “An individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior.” So, The Renegade Buddhist is as good a title as any for this column. It’s taken me awhile to write this article. I approach writing the same way I approach music. Instead of doing extensive tweaking, I just toss the whole thing into the vault or the void and approach the theme from scratch. I’ve even done this with books before: 25,000 words, select all, delete. The last...

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