The word Buddha is a Sanskrit word which means The Awakened One: One who is awakened to reality, who understands the true nature of the mind, the world and all sentient beings.

The Tattooed Buddha strives to be an open space for the author’s authentic voice. So while not necessarily Buddhist, we are offering a dialogue that is aware and awake to the reality of our present day to day, tackling issues of community, environment, and compassionate living.

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The Yoga Slut

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: Actually Dating {Part 2}

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

This kind of communication, however, sometimes breeds a false sense of connection with a person we've never met. So when it came to actually meeting some of these guys in person, I was more [...]

The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist

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The Middle Way Between Warrior & Priest

September 22nd, 2017|1 Comment

I understand that accepting myself as a warrior priest is finally understanding the balance I needed. That true mindfulness isn’t about being a holy, pompous asshat, but about seeing all of who we are. [...]

Buddhism for Dudes

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The Zen of Despicable Me (and How to be Happy)

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Buddhist happiness isn’t like after-sex happy, or I-just-won-a-new-car happy. It’s not even like I-just-had-twins happy. Buddhist happiness comes from mental and emotional health. Equanimity. Strength of mind. Character. Only you can make yourself happy. [...]

Awake in the City

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Examine the Nature of Awareness {Lojong Teaching}

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Who are you? Who is it that's paying attention to this right now? Take a moment and think about yourself, look within. By Daniel Scharpenburg The last Lojong teaching we discussed was: “Train in the Preliminaries.” [...]

mindFully Human

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Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune in to Truth {Book Review}

November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

He wants to share some of his story to illustrate the point that the overhyped, consumer-based, American Dream we’re being force-fed may not be the best route to satisfaction. It certainly wasn’t for Korda, [...]

The Renegade Buddhist

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Hello, I am Buddhist…and Asexual

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

I've never been too upfront about being asexual because it's just a trait; just another wibbly wobbly characteristic dancing around with hundreds of other characteristics. I've never felt like I had a solid identity, [...]

The American Buddhist

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Unexpected Zen on a Road Trip

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

As I drive out of the rest area, I look around one last time. There isn't a single piece of trash anywhere to be seen, and the grass is perfectly cut. I make a [...]

Buddha School Dropout

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Celebrating Samhain as a Buddhist Pagan

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

I love the view of practice on the Pagan wheel of the year and the Buddhist wheel of life. I love that within these practices, we return over and over, where we can see [...]

The Faces of Meditation

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All Coming Together as One: Join us on August 5

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

A goth, a young mother, a vegan and a hunter were all occupying space together under the watchful eyes of monks. We had nothing in common, and yet we were able to sit silently, [...]

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The Faces of Meditation: Carol Reedy Rogero

June 24th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Carol Reedy Rogero If it's pre-sunrise on Sunday morning or any summer/vacation morning you'll likely find me headed to meditate at my church/pharmacy, the beach. I live about 13 miles away from the Atlantic [...]

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The Faces of Meditation: Heather Bauer

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

  By Heather Bauer   This was taken by a friend recently at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. I started practicing yoga regularly two years ago, when my daughter left home as a [...]

Meditation

Meditation for Beginners

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Why Can’t I Meditate?

November 11th, 2017|0 Comments

When meditation is hard, it's because we're being hard on ourselves. We want to be perfect, we want to be infallible. No one comes to the cushion empty-handed. We carry trucks loads of self-concepts, [...]

Meditation for Seasoned Practitioners

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What Type of Meditation Did Bodhidharma Practice?

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

The long, arduous path of concentration and mindfulness that marks Jhana meditation still exists today in the Theravadin schools, but for most meditators, it is too difficult to practice. It typically requires a monastic [...]

Buddhism

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Examine the Nature of Awareness {Lojong Teaching}

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Who are you? Who is it that's paying attention to this right now? Take a moment and think about yourself, look within. By Daniel Scharpenburg The last Lojong teaching we discussed was: “Train in the Preliminaries.” [...]

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Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune in to Truth {Book Review}

November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

He wants to share some of his story to illustrate the point that the overhyped, consumer-based, American Dream we’re being force-fed may not be the best route to satisfaction. It certainly wasn’t for Korda, [...]

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The Zen of Despicable Me (and How to be Happy)

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Buddhist happiness isn’t like after-sex happy, or I-just-won-a-new-car happy. It’s not even like I-just-had-twins happy. Buddhist happiness comes from mental and emotional health. Equanimity. Strength of mind. Character. Only you can make yourself happy. [...]

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The Calm Buddha at Bedtime. {Book Review}

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Simply, this collection of stories teaches us how to be better to each other and ourselves.   By Alicia Wozniak   Reading to our kids before and at bedtime plays an important part [...]

Right Livelihood

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The First Buddhist Teaching: The Four Noble Truths

October 11th, 2017|1 Comment

Because we're unaware of what's going on, we are consistently trying to satisfy ourselves by consuming. We tend to think some combination of money, love, and respect will create contentment for us. And even [...]

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Choosing to Leave the Rat Race

September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

As my own boss, I need to tighten the reins. But hey, I’ve been doing this business thing for less than a year. I am learning how to set boundaries and estimate time frames. [...]

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The Reason You Can’t Get Control Over Your Life & What to Do About It

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

If life is uncontrollable, and because we don’t like the feeling of being out of control, we do all kinds of things to seek control, but it doesn’t work. What alternative is there? [...]

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I’m Losing My Namaste So Maybe It’s Time to Kill the Buddha

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If you think someone has the key, if you think you know the way, if you think you've got the million dollar lottery ticket being held in an idea, a person or a path, [...]

Relationships

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: Actually Dating {Part 2}

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

This kind of communication, however, sometimes breeds a false sense of connection with a person we've never met. So when it came to actually meeting some of these guys in person, I was more [...]

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Showing Kindness Even When You Don’t Agree (& Don’t Feel Like Being Kind)

October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

We build walls between ourselves and others. But what if we didn't? What if we were able to come into all our human interactions with an open heart and mind? What if we were just [...]

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: After Divorce {Part 1}

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

For the first time in my life I had control over what I did and when. I could stay up and read in bed as long as I wanted. I could wake up and [...]

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Gratitude, Even After Food Poisoning

October 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Small things like salt and Tylenol seem like tiny miracles they can be. A period of unintentional rest was not what I wanted, but what I needed, and having heard a clear message in [...]

Interfaith

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Partying with the Dead

October 30th, 2017|0 Comments

As a child, it was never too clear to me if the dead came back to life for this festival, or if we, the living, became temporarily dead. The rituals included decorating the foreheads [...]

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More Alike Than Different

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

All around the world the ingredients are the same---only the presentation differs. With a tomato, an onion and some curry powder, I can create an Indian curry. With a tomato and an onion and [...]

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How Do I Tell Them I’m Buddhist?

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The focus of Christianity is on salvation. The focus of Buddhism is on being more aware in this life. Buddhism is about how to live in this world, how to lessen the suffering of ourselves [...]

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Steeped in Spirituality: My Journey to India {Part 3}

August 12th, 2017|0 Comments

People aren't shy about stopping to light incense and say a quick prayer at any one of these temples or shrines. In Kochi there was a Catholic church as well as a Syrian Orthodox [...]

Family & Parenting

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The Calm Buddha at Bedtime. {Book Review}

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Simply, this collection of stories teaches us how to be better to each other and ourselves.   By Alicia Wozniak   Reading to our kids before and at bedtime plays an important part [...]

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My Life is Awful & My Life is Amazing (And Sometimes it is Just Okay)

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

I love this life. I love the exhausted, beaten, broken man on the big chair with the knees that don't work; the man who fell asleep during the game he really wanted to watch. [...]

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The Reason I Can Totally Relate to the Buddha’s Parents

September 12th, 2017|0 Comments

My son is a Senior in high school this year. It's a big year. He has so many choices and so many decisions to make. Will he go to college? If so, what college? [...]

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Living in the Now Because Today is All We Know for Sure

September 5th, 2017|0 Comments

I’ve learned that life happens, and it happens big sometimes, like in the births and the weddings. Yet, it also happens small---in the tea parties, and fort making and homemade play doh. Life happens [...]

News & Politics

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Today I Prayed

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

I am praying, and I haven’t been on bended knee for such a long time. I am worried, and I am not a worrier. The escalation of horror is like a nasty movie with [...]

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More Alike Than Different

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

All around the world the ingredients are the same---only the presentation differs. With a tomato, an onion and some curry powder, I can create an Indian curry. With a tomato and an onion and [...]

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No Choice But to be Present: Spiritual Reflections on What Emerges from Political Crisis

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The positive outcome I'm thinking about is on a more personal level. In a time of political and social crisis, each of us faces the challenge of renewing our understanding and connection to the [...]

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The Resolution for Hate & Violence is not More Hate & Violence

August 28th, 2017|0 Comments

It takes guts and balls and courage to do what Daryl Davis does. The results of these friendships is secondary to the friendships themselves. If you don’t browbeat people, you can influence them. [...]

Mindful Kitchen

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Do Buddhists Eat Meat? My Story {Part 1}

July 10th, 2017|1 Comment

Buddha was a mendicant monk who lived during a time when starvation was a real threat. He ate one meal a day, owned almost no possessions, and only ate the food that was given [...]

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Dear Vegans: Please Step Off the Soap Box & Lead by Example

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m open to inspiration from everywhere, but if there’s an agenda of conversion, of righteousness, of persuasion, of doing the old soapbox dance...I’m gone. By Drew Tapperman More than 20 years ago, I spent six-years on [...]

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In Spite of Paris: Simple Steps for Climate Activism

June 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Mitigating climate change is our responsibility. We don’t have time to sit around waiting for politicians and CEOs to come up with half-baked solutions that still generate profits and political power. By Peter [...]

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Great Soil, a lot of Sweat & Two Very Humbling Lessons

June 4th, 2017|0 Comments

We so often want credit for our actions and ideas, as a means of reinforcing our worth---our very existence. I have wasted a lot of time waiting for recognition. Believe me, it’s not worth [...]

Yoga

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Bhakti Blossoms {Book Review}

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Bhakti is the path of loving devotion; the root of the word, the Sansrkrit “bhaj”, means to love or worship God. As Graham Schweig explains in Bhakti Blossom’s foreword, “Bhakti is a practice that [...]

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Can I Find Salvation on the Mat?

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Now eight months in, have I been trapped? Was I beginning to believe in something I could not believe in? How could I so easily be convinced this was the hardest thing I had [...]

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Beer Yoga? Do We Really Need This?

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Looking at the positives, beer yoga could entice a whole new kind of practitioner into becoming a dedicated yogi.   By Kosta Miachin Beer yoga---yet another yoga hybrid, which this time has made its [...]

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I’m Losing My Namaste So Maybe It’s Time to Kill the Buddha

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If you think someone has the key, if you think you know the way, if you think you've got the million dollar lottery ticket being held in an idea, a person or a path, [...]

Environment

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Chaos is Not to be Taken Personally, It Just Is

October 12th, 2017|0 Comments

There is suffering in this world; that is a fact. There is suffering for every being that lives on Earth. But the difference between us humans and most every other being is our need [...]

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Teaching Compassion within the Tragedy

September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Tragedy has a way of doing that, it seems. People who were arguing a few days ago are suddenly helping one another. Strangers commit random acts of kindness and put their own needs aside [...]

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Looking for Dharma in the Weeds

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

The stinging thistle had grown its way through and around my hostas. I reach toward the base and pull, wondering what the lesson is that I am supposed to be receiving. I hate pulling weeds. It's [...]

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Dear Vegans: Please Step Off the Soap Box & Lead by Example

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m open to inspiration from everywhere, but if there’s an agenda of conversion, of righteousness, of persuasion, of doing the old soapbox dance...I’m gone. By Drew Tapperman More than 20 years ago, I spent six-years on [...]

Wellness

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4 Practices to Keep Yourself Balanced During Turbulent Times

November 16th, 2017|0 Comments

When we look through the eyes of compassion we will find understanding. When we find understanding we will gain the ability to see things as they truly are instead of simply sensing with our emotions, [...]

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The Real Reason We Hold on to Stuff & How to Let it Go

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

You don’t want to get rid of things because you paid a lot for them, and you fear that letting go would be a waste. Actually, if you’re not using them, it’s a waste [...]

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The Benefits of Walking Barefoot

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

I noticed it was slowing me down. Always eager to complete tasks and forgetting to enjoy them, walking barefoot allowed me to pick up more detail in my environment. The first task is to [...]

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Want to Create a New Habit? Change Your Story

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Start creating a better story by focusing on the things you love about the habit. You could focus on how much you hate the habit, or you could focus on what you love. It’s [...]

Empower Me

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4 Practices to Keep Yourself Balanced During Turbulent Times

November 16th, 2017|0 Comments

When we look through the eyes of compassion we will find understanding. When we find understanding we will gain the ability to see things as they truly are instead of simply sensing with our emotions, [...]

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The Real Reason We Hold on to Stuff & How to Let it Go

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

You don’t want to get rid of things because you paid a lot for them, and you fear that letting go would be a waste. Actually, if you’re not using them, it’s a waste [...]

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Growth Means Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

November 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Doing something new always makes me uncomfortable for a few minutes. But I like feeling uncomfortable. I like not having a clue. The reward for learning the new skill or living through the experience [...]

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Partying with the Dead

October 30th, 2017|0 Comments

As a child, it was never too clear to me if the dead came back to life for this festival, or if we, the living, became temporarily dead. The rituals included decorating the foreheads [...]

Arts

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Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune in to Truth {Book Review}

November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

He wants to share some of his story to illustrate the point that the overhyped, consumer-based, American Dream we’re being force-fed may not be the best route to satisfaction. It certainly wasn’t for Korda, [...]

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The Calm Buddha at Bedtime. {Book Review}

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Simply, this collection of stories teaches us how to be better to each other and ourselves.   By Alicia Wozniak   Reading to our kids before and at bedtime plays an important part [...]

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Bhakti Blossoms {Book Review}

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Bhakti is the path of loving devotion; the root of the word, the Sansrkrit “bhaj”, means to love or worship God. As Graham Schweig explains in Bhakti Blossom’s foreword, “Bhakti is a practice that [...]

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The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation {Book Review}

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Coleman doesn't just write off-the-cuff in this piece; he provides excerpts and reflections on Suttas and Sutras as well. It's refreshing to read a beginner-intermediate Buddhist book that references the Tripitaka.   By [...]

TTB Podcasts

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The Tattooed Buddha Podcast: Special Guest Gerald Stribling, Author of Buddhism for Dudes.

February 1st, 2016|0 Comments

  In this podcast, Ty, Dana, Daniel and John sit down and chat with Gerald Stribling, author of the book, Buddhism for Dudes. We listen to Gerry's fascinating stories, talk about his book, weed and wisdom [...]

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The Tattooed Buddha Podcast: Is There Sexism in Buddhism?

January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

  In this podcast, The Tattooed Buddha podcast team discuss whether or not sexism occurs in Buddhism and how women are viewed in many different religions, after John brought up an article to discuss. Read [...]

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