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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Single Mama Buddhist: Can We be Clergy?

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

I began to wonder how many women were represented in Buddhist clergy or even mentors, realizing how few female Buddhists I actually encounter on the internet (I say on the internet because I [...]

The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist

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What is Right View in Buddhism? {The Eightfold Path}

January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

We understand through right view that as we benefit others, it will have a positive influence on us but we don't do it for this reason. “We will develop love, we will practice [...]

Buddhism for Dudes

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Right View: Seeing the World Through Buddhist Eyes {The Eightfold Path}

January 31st, 2018|1 Comment

Right Understanding encompasses the whole of the Eightfold Path, which in itself constitutes the fourth of the Four Noble Truths: that life sucks, the reason why life sucks, but don’t worry, folks, as [...]

Awake in the City

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Those Who Do Not Pick and Choose {The Eightfold Path}

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

If we can just stop obsessing about the things we want and the things we don't want, then we'll be in good shape. Often obsessing about these things doesn't serve us well. [...]

mindFully Human

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris & Jeff Warren with Caryle Adler {Book Review}

December 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Harris and Warren go together like Jäger and Red Bull. They pepper the narrative with plenty of stories from the unforgiving road, most hilarious, some nerve-wracking, all intriguing. This wasn’t an easy journey. [...]

The Renegade Buddhist

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Right Speech: It’s Not about Being Perfect, but Owning Up to It {The Eightfold Path}

February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

I hardly ever get into verbal altercations with fellow associates. There's a lot of dukkha around the workplace, and dukkha is one of the few things I truly understand. I don't really get [...]

The American Buddhist

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How Marine Corps Training Taught Me about the Illusion of a Separate Self

December 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

For example, if I needed to go to the bathroom or "head" as we called it in the Marines, the proper way to ask was, "Drill Instructor (insert last name here), Recruit Thompson [...]

Buddha School Dropout

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Feeling the Chaos of the Me Too Phenomenon

December 11th, 2017|0 Comments

I usually thrive on the chaos; my thing is usually to find the stillness in the midst of chaos, but lately, it’s been ugly. I itch all over, I’m not sleeping through the [...]

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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Buddhist Meditation: A Crude Overview

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Rather than break down all the individual styles that there are in the world, which would most likely occupy the rest of this current lifetime, we will discuss the two main styles that [...]

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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Becoming Buddhist

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

I am attempting meditation, some days more fruitful than others, and some days I don’t choose it and feel the loss and shame of not living up to my high, high standards. Other [...]

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The Pure Joy of Being {Book Review}

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

The creative aspect of humanity that is shared within the pages offers not only a glimpse of the teaching but of the importance of art within culture and the evolution of humanity. [...]

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Right Speech: Speak Through the Heart {The Eightfold Path}

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

We don't have to think ill-will when someone hurts us. We don't have to re-tell an atrocity over and over again. We don't have to condemn or make fun of others to feel [...]

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Finding Hope in the Pure Land

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Our karmic debt is too great and too heavy, and all our striving is ever more in vain.   By Ivan Latham There is a certain misconception about Buddhism in the West [...]

Right Livelihood

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Right Livelihood: The Work We Do Matters

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

During my lifetime I have had performed a wide variety of jobs, some exciting, some rather mundane and others even unpleasant. However, perhaps the greatest secret I have discovered is to find pleasure [...]

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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? [...]

Relationships

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5 Types of People to Avoid on Your Personal Growth Journey

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Negativity breeds more negativity. We can’t flourish in that type of environment. Successful people talk about ideas and growth, not about other people. If we are seeking to expand and fill our lives [...]

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Right Speech: It’s Not about Being Perfect, but Owning Up to It {The Eightfold Path}

February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

I hardly ever get into verbal altercations with fellow associates. There's a lot of dukkha around the workplace, and dukkha is one of the few things I truly understand. I don't really get [...]

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At The Heart Of Right Thought: It Starts with Our Reactions {The Eightfold Path}

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

We can be reactive and lash out in hurtful ways when are mistreated, encounter someone rude or when things go exactly the opposite of how we had hoped. We can get angry, say [...]

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Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel {Book Review}

January 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The banana and the fart stories had me laughing, and the relating of actual life lessons from picking out the perfect card for special occasions to financial advice give the book a soul. [...]

Interfaith

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We are Human {The Eightfold Path}

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Perceptions can change, and will shift (even if just slightly) as we grow. We are human. Perceptions should change as we gain knowledge and understanding of the world around us, and as we [...]

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From Darkness to Light: Contemplation on the Longest Night of the Year

December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Today, as we honour the winter solstice, find a moment to find your purpose, even in the midst of whatever conflict or confusion you may find yourself in.   By J.G. Lewis [...]

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Solstice in Dixie

December 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Then, as often happens when we need it the most, a ray of light broke through the cold, dark night and brought with it a warmth to my heart and a calmness and [...]

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System of Down: Stop Getting Caught Up in Beliefs (there is so much more)

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

The happiest, most well-adjusted and complete people I know do not have hard beliefs (as agendas) that are attached to their lives. They are free. These people have nothing in their way to get [...]

Family & Parenting

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Becoming Buddhist

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

I am attempting meditation, some days more fruitful than others, and some days I don’t choose it and feel the loss and shame of not living up to my high, high standards. Other [...]

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My Beautiful Teacher

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Megan was 13 years old when she died. I was 30. On paper, I was her teacher and she was my student, but in real life, the roles were of course reversed. [...]

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Parenting with Right Intention {The Eightfold Path}

February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

We try. This is parenthood.   By J. G. Lewis   Most, or many, of us are born into parenthood. We don’t think of it in our younger days. We might talk [...]

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Mindful Millennial Mom

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Phones beep and buzz and light up. They house memories, recipes, and stories from people halfway across the world; all at our fingertips. Why would we want to miss out on any of [...]

News & Politics

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Right Speech: Speak Through the Heart {The Eightfold Path}

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

We don't have to think ill-will when someone hurts us. We don't have to re-tell an atrocity over and over again. We don't have to condemn or make fun of others to feel [...]

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No, Westerners are not Culturally Misappropriating (Stealing) Buddhism {A Rebuttal}

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

How can you not love Hotei? He’s so cute and has such a sunny disposition. And John was correct that it is often incorrectly called a “Buddha statue,” but what John doesn’t tell [...]

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Solstice in Dixie

December 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Then, as often happens when we need it the most, a ray of light broke through the cold, dark night and brought with it a warmth to my heart and a calmness and [...]

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Change Must Come from the Bottom—Be a Light

December 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The Buddha’s final words were of self reliance---being our own saviors, our own light. The whole of his ministry was one of taking the reigns of our own plight. He repeatedly broke down [...]

Mindful Kitchen

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Stop Making Resolutions, Make Rules

January 1st, 2018|0 Comments

mplement one at a time. When you’ve done one for a week or two, then implement another, but never have too many going at once. I’ve found that five fairly new ones are [...]

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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 [...]

Yoga

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No Coincidences: Beginning the Journey into Iyengar Yoga

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

  By Nina Rubin There are no coincidences, especially in yoga. I opened my first B.K.S. Iyengar book on a recent morning to learn more about the poses I’ve been practicing. I’m trying to [...]

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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 [...]

Environment

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The Deer Whisperer

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

I didn’t think he was aiming for me, but I was in his way, and wherever he was going he wasn’t going to take kindly to a detour. I didn’t have any time [...]

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Tis the Season, to Let Go

November 26th, 2017|0 Comments

I think it's time to put Black Friday on the list of things to let go.   By Deb Avery   As I sit with my feet up, complete with fuzzy socks and [...]

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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 [...]

Wellness

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Inspiration While Stuck in New Jersey Traffic

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

The first 10 years of commuting, nothing relieved my stress; not music or talk radio or even books on CD. The second 10 years of commuting became easier. Why? Because I saw the [...]

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The Power of Dance & Getting into Our Own Bodies

January 20th, 2018|0 Comments

  By Ellie Pappas One of the goals I’ve set for 2018 is to go to a dance workshop once a month. A dance workshop is different than having a night out dancing. It [...]

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Change Your Thoughts, Change the World

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

After awhile harmful words and actions of others don't bother us as they did before. We find ourselves in slow motion in that nanosecond between action and reaction. And what we find there, [...]

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I Got the Flu & it Changed My Life

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

A whole week went by and only two people asked how I was---one was my supervisor. It wouldn’t have mattered, I would have said I was fine. By Gina Ficociello I write [...]

Empower Me

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Does Following Right Speech Mean I Can’t Swear? {The Eightfold Path}

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

I never met The Buddha but I can assure you he would rather have a well-intentioned student who swears like a sailor on shore leave, than a prim and proper douche bag. [...]

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The Gift of Darkness {Journaling}

February 7th, 2018|0 Comments

The beautiful thing about owning our darkness is that it expands our awareness. It is this new awareness of what we do not want, that births the awareness of what we do want. [...]

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Inspiration While Stuck in New Jersey Traffic

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

The first 10 years of commuting, nothing relieved my stress; not music or talk radio or even books on CD. The second 10 years of commuting became easier. Why? Because I saw the [...]

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At The Heart Of Right Thought: It Starts with Our Reactions {The Eightfold Path}

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

We can be reactive and lash out in hurtful ways when are mistreated, encounter someone rude or when things go exactly the opposite of how we had hoped. We can get angry, say [...]

Arts

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The Pure Joy of Being {Book Review}

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

The creative aspect of humanity that is shared within the pages offers not only a glimpse of the teaching but of the importance of art within culture and the evolution of humanity. [...]

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The Tattooed Team Spotlight: Alicia “Woz” Wozniak, Editor {Interview}

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Alicia "Woz" Wozniak, The Tattooed Buddha Editor Alicia "Woz" Wozniak: Tampa, Florida   Besides writing, what do you do for a living? I'm a wizard behind the curtain in a marketing division for [...]

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The Death of a Ballerina

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The lightness, the refinement and the lavender moments eventually give way to mutilated feet, a beaten down ego and a body that has been denied some very simple pleasures, like food.   [...]

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris & Jeff Warren with Caryle Adler {Book Review}

December 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Harris and Warren go together like Jäger and Red Bull. They pepper the narrative with plenty of stories from the unforgiving road, most hilarious, some nerve-wracking, all intriguing. This wasn’t an easy journey. [...]

TTB Podcasts

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That Time We Got to Talk with Author, Jack Haubner (Single White Monk) {Podcast}

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Jack Haubner, author of Single White Monk & Zen Confidential We all got to sit down and talk with Jack Haubner, author of Zen Confidential and Single White Monk, and we were [...]

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The Tattooed Buddha Sits Down with Two Buddhist Marines

January 13th, 2018|0 Comments

  In this podcast, John Pendall and Dana Gornall sit down and talk with Gerald Stribling and Alex Thompson, both former marines, and both now Buddhist. We discuss the difference in generation between both [...]

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