Welcome to The Unusual Buddha, we’re all about spirituality with some grit. We all know this journey isn’t sunshine and rainbows. It’s time people like us are celebrated. We drink coffee, we light incense, swear like a sailors on shore leave, and occasionally listen to gangster rap on the way to yoga class. It’s how we do.  But that doesn’t change the good intentions we have.

The world deserves a new type of spirituality, one that encompasses the whole rather than asking you to be something or someone you aren’t.  Here at The Unusual Buddha we ask that you come to your practice first with acceptance.  Once you can accept yourself in the “As me as I want to be” type way, only then can you improve yourself.  The time has come for you Define your spirituality.

Who are we?

My name is Jim Martin and I founded theunusualbuddha.com, I’m also an author and certified meditation teacher. The Unusual Buddha is dedicated to simplifying meditation, Buddhist philosophy and other spiritual, and, philosophical topics.  I’m dedicated to making these topics relatable and accessible to regular people.  I do not subscribe to the soft and fluffy way that this genre is usually depicted.  I am about grit reality and humor with edge.  The Unusual Buddha started as a meme page on Facebook in 2015. In 2017 I added blogging to the mix under Theunusualbuddha.com and added a partner to help with daily tasks and free up time to further expand.  We now have a blog, vlog, and, podcast.  We are on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and, still learning in others.

Define your Spirituality

This all started because I was curious about Buddhism and meditation over 10 years ago and began to practice.  In my area temples and Dharma centers are scattered at best.  I started by reading and searching online then eventually I moved to scouring Facebook looking for the kindred.  There were no pages that spoke to me, so I looked to groups.  The group offerings were heaping yet all the same, soft, fluffy, overly complicated, full egotistical gate-keepers, and, so painfully dry.  I didn’t think this was a good way to spread the Dharma or the benefits of meditation as a whole. 

So, I made what I thought would serve people like me, fans of philosophy, meditation, memes, swearing, gangster rap etc.  Thus, began the evolution of The Unusual Buddha. I have 10 years of study and practice, 2 of which were at a Theravada temple attending weekly classes.  When my teacher moved on to advance his training I left too.  The remaining monks were less than friendly to my presence. So I set out to find a new way or make a new way for myself.

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Meet Briana she and I have been married for nearly 16 years. She is as vital a part of The Unusual Buddha as she is in my daily life.

Bri hand makes every mala as well as selecting and procuring materials, and, designing them and the packaging as well as our logos and characters

She makes interviews, video recording, shipping, and, every other piece of daily operations work. Her logistics skills are equalled only by her design ability

She is a huge believer in meditation and follows her own path that incorporates meditation, tarot, and Wicca.

Meet Duane Toops he is the genius behind The Process and The Path as well as Duanetoops.com. He adds a different perspective as well as a keen creative eye. He’s also a poet, writer, and, artist

Mission Statement

We are here to simplify meditation through our own brand of humor. Through videos, podcasts, and, blogs we’re removing the “crunchy” stigmas, smashing the gatekeeping, and, showing the practicality of a practice that is older than civilization as we know it.

The best part is we’re just getting started!

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