Welcome to metalbuddha.com and thanks for reading. I began practicing Buddhism in the summer of 2009, so I am a newb. After the breakdown of my second marriage, I knew there must be something about me that needs to change (either that, or I just don’t know how to pick ’em!). I did some deep examination of how I perceive myself and how others perceive me. Although I’m known as “the nice guy,” there is obviously something wrong with me if the two women I have had long-term relationships with left my ass. In asking myself these questions, I found one of the answers to be how I deal with the traumatic situations in my life. If you read some of my earlier posts, I detail a few of these. I sought help from a friend of mine in the way of an eastern philosophy book list, and learned about Buddhism and started meditating. I learned a lot about how to handle certain situations that come my way, and the pursuit of happiness.

At the top of that book list was Noah Levine. I read Against The Stream and Dharma Punx and the rest, as they say, is history. It just took off from there. Brad Warner has also been a huge influence on me and my practice as well, which as you probably have already figured out, I’m not your typical Buddhist. I’m a tattooed, hardcore metalhead and these guys have shown me that I can be the part of the “alt” lifestyle and still be a practicing Buddhist.

I have quit drinking for the most part, although I still kind of miss double-shots of Jager and my Jack and Coke’s with my friends, but I do feel a lot better about myself since I’m not falling down drunk and passing out, saying stupid shit because I have a “clouded mind.”

This blog is my account of the evolution of my spiritual journey and my pursuit of knowledge and understanding of Buddhism and other philosophies. You will find impressions and insights that I gain in my everyday readings, as well as book reviews and anything else I feel will apply. It will also contain random musings regarding my favorite genre of music: heavy metal. I would appreciate any feedback in the way of comments or you can send me an email to onemetalbuddha (at) gmail.com

Namaste and Heavy Metta to you,

\m/ Metal Buddha \m/

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  2. Jay says:

    Hey there metal Buddha man some music not quite metal but Dharma music nonetheless. Hope you can dig it and I hope ypu are well and happy Stay cool
    cos everything is in transition, even the bad stuff. If the link I posted doesnt work then go to Soundcloud.com and look up users Endless Hiways. Bye for now


  3. Tony says:

    Hi …. Recently returning to Buddhism after being through years of dissatisfaction with various neopagan ways, I sit here early in the morning in North England, covered in tattoos, big tunnels in my ears, bad attitude and a monkey mind filled with doubts and I stumble on your blog and some other folk who I see you have links to and I am full of hope once more that I have found the right path and I know where to find the answers …. Many, many thanks … Your blog is an inspiration.

    Tony ….. _/\_

    • metalbuddha says:

      Right on! It’s nice to know someone can appreciate my point of view, no matter how much I ramble. I haven’t posted in a while but that will hopefully change as life slows down a bit.

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  5. Sam says:

    Thank you so much for these postings. I was feeling lonely and came across your articles on it on Google. Even though I was born into a Buddhist family, I find it extremely hard to practice meditation because my mind is always having issues of being along. You gave me a lot to think.

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