Brent Purple Oliver is an award-eligible writer, mindfulness coach, and speaker. He’s spent more than 20 years studying and practicing fairly conventional forms of Buddhism. These days, he’s a politely radical proponent of the modern mindfulness movement, advocating for a universal, practical, non-religious path to happiness and self-transformation.
Brent is a coach in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system because it’s just such an approach. He works with individuals interested in everything from alleviating stress to pursuing classical enlightenment. He also coaches groups, and offers presentations to companies, schools, and organizations curious about the benefits of mindfulness.
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.
By Brent R. Oliver When I was 23, I discovered Buddhism and it pulled my stupid ass out of the fire. My life was utterly pointless and I was edging toward the precipice, ready to jump. Buddhist philosophy instantly made sense and soothed all the existential angst...read more
By Brent R. Oliver Mindfulness is everything and everywhere. It’s bigger than the new black. It’s heathier than Paleo. It’s better for you than yoga and Cross Fit and cupping. It’s more widespread than STDs and twice as contagious. Before reading this article, I bet...read more
By Brent R. Oliver Writing has always been a bitch for me. It’s painstakingly arduous and, even after decades of practice, thoughtful reflection, and reams of crumpled-up paper, I still come up with phrases like “painstakingly arduous.” What is wrong with me? I’m...read more
By Brent R. Oliver “I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought,...read more
By Brent R. Oliver So now that we’ve met, let’s get to know each other a little better. My first post here was all whining about how I suck at Buddhism while simultaneously congratulating myself on being such a renegade spiritual antihero. I’m sure there will be...read more
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