WHAT IS THE TATTOOED BUDDHA?
The Tattooed Buddha is a team of writers and readers, looking to make a small ding in the universe.
Beginning in January of 2015 as just a small, independent, online publication, The Tattooed Buddha has grown to be inclusive of many different views and voices. The goal is to foster an open dialogue for evolved approaches for dealing with life on a day to day basis, building community, encouraging mindful relationships and parenting, and always thinking outside the box.
The writing shared is thought provoking, moving, funny, and even at times sad as we tackle the true issues that every human being will encounter.
We invite you to join us on this journey; to set down the fixed notion of labels, and join hand in hand with us as we share and experience life together.
Meet The Team
Founder & Director
Dana Gornall is the founder of The Tattooed Buddha.
She started writing as soon as she could form sentences and has always known there was more to life than meets the eye. Becoming a mother was the first step on the winding, sometimes rocky, path of transformation and she has never looked back.
A writer, editor, sign language interpreter and lover of language, she finds bits of enlightenment in all of those connections. When not working or writing, you can find her lying outside in the dark night gazing up at the millions of stars, watching bad reality television, and holding onto every shred of time spent with her kids that are growing way too quickly.
Brent Purple Oliver
Writer & Podcast Team
In addition to being a columnist at The Tattooed Buddha, Brent’s writing has also appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and Morpheus. He lives in Lexington, KY with his wife, two cats, and a crippling addiction to horror. Swing by his website brentpurpleoliver.com for more information.
Writer, Tattooed Buddha Team
Historian Shae Davidson has worked in industrial and social history museums throughout Appalachia and has taught in West Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois. Shae’s past publications have included articles in Turning Wheel and Perspectives on Anarchist Theory.
John Lee Pendall
Editor & Audio Producer
Amy Cushing is a part-time yoga teacher, quarter-time writer, and full-time mom. As the Domestic CEO, she also specializes in finder of all things lost. She holds a B.S. in Political Science and an M.A. in English. She was an editor at Elephant Journal and has also had her writing featured in Elephant Journal and Be You Media Group.
Amy has been teaching yoga and meditation in the Phoenix-area since 2005, after earning her 200-hour Yoga Teaching certification from Martin and Jordan Kirk. She is currently working toward an Iyengar-focused certification in Yoga Therapy from Scottsdale Community College. She hopes to take her expertise to clinical settings, offering yoga and meditation to people during pre-op, post-op, and post-injury to help them on their way to healing.
Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, two kids, and cute-but-a-little-bit-crazy pup.
Father, writer, poet and content creator. He has a BA in Religion, and is currently completing an MA in Humanities. Check out his website here.
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