Category: The Renegade Buddhist

This is What Happens When We Stop Creating Stories About Life & Start Living

  By John Author Thinking, thinking, thinking… The gears turning day and night, belching out an incessant spew of cacophonous gibberish. Grinding—grinding away in my cranium, like some rabid little cymbal monkey. Bang! Bang! Bang! There they go, spinning in circles and picking up speed; feeding back into the intentions that prompted them, raising the exponent by the nth degree. Cognitive behavioral therapy trains us to examine the stories we tell ourselves, the narratives that we superimpose onto our lives (and onto other’s lives). CBT asks us to question the logic of these narratives and to replace them with...

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Bearing the Unbearable {Book Review}

  By John Author   “This book will not offer you a spiritual bypass; it won’t make it so that you don’t have to face the pain of grief—nor should it… What this book will do, I hope, is to provide a safe space to feel, to be with your understandably broken heart.” That’s Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s take on her book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. This book is an essential read for anyone who’s been touched by the icy talons of grief. Since everyone will eventually experience grief, this is really a must-read for...

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There is Beauty in a Broken Heart—An Impossible Gratitude

  By John Pendall I’m terrified of love. It’s raised me higher than any philosophy, religious experience or drug. It’s pulled me into the deepest pits of despair, where even suicide sounds pointless. How can something have such power? How can it inspire such phenomenal acts of creation and destruction? I’m skeptical that something so earth shattering is simply the result of neurons firing. That theory seems even more ridiculous than the most far fetched New Age gibberish. It makes sense on paper, but it doesn’t hold up in real life. It doesn’t hold up when we see the...

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Practice Boils Down to One Thing: Respect

  By John Author   I’ve said several times that practice boils down to just one thing, and each time I say it, that one thing is different. That’s either because my nomad mind makes tools and tosses them aside when they’re no longer useful, or because there are several one things, any of which could take us all the way. Odds are, it’s a little of both. Today’s one thing is, respect. When I’m out and about, haphazardly fumbling my way through civilization’s razor-wire hula-hoops, it seems like the Three Poisons rest on profound disrespect. We disrespect nature, each...

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How Buddhism Teaches Us to Deal with Negative Emotions

  By John Author Welcome, Sexy Reader, to the 50th article I’ve written for TTB! That’s 50 articles of me incessantly rambling with no regard for the human attention span, logic, or common decency. Today, we’re going to talk about acceptance, coping with negativity, Buddhist psychology, enlightenment and transmutation. So, what is acceptance to you? For me, it was the feeling or disposition that accompanied some agreeable idea, sensation, or situation. Wow, that sounded like something straight out of a psych textbook. I can accept happiness, love and pleasure. I can accept nice weather, days off and sincere compliments. I...

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