10 episodes

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. Join the dialogue with co-founders Ty H. Phillips and Dana Gornall, as well as co-hosts Daniel Scharpenburg and John Pendall in their discussions on religion, culture, spirituality, politics and more.

The Tattooed Buddha The Tattooed Buddha

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

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. Join the dialogue with co-founders Ty H. Phillips and Dana Gornall, as well as co-hosts Daniel Scharpenburg and John Pendall in their discussions on religion, culture, spirituality, politics and more.

    Mark Van Buren: The Mental Fitness Trainer

    Mark Van Buren: The Mental Fitness Trainer

    Author Mark Van Buren explains how he came to this point in his life to become a mindfulness instructor and what led him to writing A Fool's Guide to Actual Happiness and Your Life is Meditation (Wisdom Publications).

    • 50 min
    A Conversation with Dr. Jon Kolkin, Photographer and Creator of the Book Inner Harmony

    A Conversation with Dr. Jon Kolkin, Photographer and Creator of the Book Inner Harmony

    Dr. Jon Kolkin is an internationally recognized artist with a lifetime of experience pursuing his passions while simultaneously maintaining a healthy balance between his personal and professional life.

    His unique strategies have allowed him to achieve a high level of success as a professional fine art photographer, physician, educator, global humanitarian, and international speaker.

    He created the series Inner Harmony, which is a compilation of photos taken while immersed in Buddhist communities across Asia working primarily as a medical volunteer in under-resourced communities.

    For over a decade he photographed everyday life of Buddhist monastics and laypeople in Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Japan, Nepal and Taiwan, revealing keen insight into the otherwise hushed world of meditation and mindfulness.

    Kolkin’s renowned Inner Harmony photographic series has already exhibited in numerous museum and art galleries in the U.S. and abroad, garnering 20 international photography awards and feature coverage (twice) in LensWork magazine. Kolkin will continue to exhibit in solo and group shows through 2026.

    Kolkin, who has met with the Dalai Lama on several occasions, shares His Holiness’ commitment to spreading compassion worldwide.

    Kolkin spearheaded the first-ever summit on Fostering Compassion and Universal Ethics through Museums, which brought museum delegates from North America to India for a conference and intimate gathering with the Dalai Lama to discuss how museums and informal learning platforms can contribute to creating a more compassionate world.

    Kolkin served as an advisor to the documentary film, Man of Compassion, dedicated to the life and legacy of His Holiness, featuring commentary by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

    Duane Toops and Dana Gornall talk with Dr. Kolkin about his experiences while taking photos during this time of his life, what it was like to meet the Dalai Lama and the process of creativity and the heart-mind connection.

     





     

    Sound editing: Duane Toops

    More about Dr. Jon Kolkin here

    Find the book Inner Harmony here



    Photo: author’s web page

     

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    • 53 min
    We Chat with Tyler Lewke and Grant Goehler

    We Chat with Tyler Lewke and Grant Goehler

    Tyler Lewke is a realtor, a meditation instructor, and is president of The Blue Lotus Temple and Meditation Center. He recently opened up a retreat center with Grant Goehler: the Hackmatack Retreat. The mission of Hackmatack Retreat is to provide an accessible space that becomes the physical container for deep wisdom teachings and heart-centered, transformative work. Located in Richmond, Illinois it sits on almost 30 acres of protected land in the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in the heart of the Midwest. The land is native prairie with a winding slow river, ponds, 200+-year-old oaks, and big sky.



    We talk with Tyler and Grant about their new retreat center, about Buddhism and about life.

    • 33 min
    Gary Sanders: Grief, Equanimity, Recovery & Buddhism

    Gary Sanders: Grief, Equanimity, Recovery & Buddhism

    Gary is a Buddhist teacher in the Insight Tradition and has a history working with people in Buddhism and recovery. He helped found Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist-based practice for people struggling with addictions. Gary lives in Portland, Oregon and is originally from the Los Angeles area.



    We talk about grief, and moving through life again amidst grief, recovery, equanimity in daily life, and Buddhism in the West. We hope you enjoy!

    • 46 min
    John Brehm: Poet and Author of The Dharma of Poetry

    John Brehm: Poet and Author of The Dharma of Poetry

    John Brehm is the author of three full-length books of poetry, Sea of Faith, Help Is on the Way, and No Day at the Beach, all from the University of Wisconsin Press, and a chapbook, The Way Water Moves, from Flume Press.

    • 48 min
    The Importance of Engaged Buddhism & Anti-Racism: A Talk with Brad Wiscons {Podcast}

    The Importance of Engaged Buddhism & Anti-Racism: A Talk with Brad Wiscons {Podcast}

    Engaged Buddhism: Why is it important today? What even is engaged Buddhism?

    We had the opportunity to talk with Brad Wiscons and discuss this and many more issues that revolve around racism today and how Buddhists can be more involved in encouraging diversity and understanding.

    Brad has worked in physical and mental health for most of his professional career, with an emphasis on promoting safe, healthy, and engaged youth.  He has worked in a diverse set of settings including community organizing, domestic violence and child abuse prevention and treatment, hospital-based health education, and inpatient treatment of youth.

    Brad is the father of three brilliant children and the husband of 30 years to his dear wife, Brenda. He was ordained as a Buddhist Minister in the Order of Interbeing by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2011 with the lineage name of True Ocean of Actions.  Brad is a founding Sangha steward of the Palomitas de Paz Sangha in Vista, California.

    Currently, Brad is continuing his Buddhist practice and study, inspired by the work of Resmaa Manakem, MSW, LCSW author of My Grandmother’s Hands.  Brad is focusing on helping white people do the work we need to do to become more loving and compassionate to all beings and become effective anti-racist. He is currently authoring a book about white racial trauma and is forming a new Sangha called the Polar Bear Sangha dedicated to white people seeking support to do their Buddhist work concerning anti-oppression and anti-racism. Brad can be reached at bjwiscons@gmail.com.

    • 38 min

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