By Daniel Scharpenburg
I suffered from anxiety after I lost my parents as a teenager. Meditation was suggested to me as a way to deal with it.
I took to the practice right away. I started learning more about it, wanting to learn some of the context behind the practice I was doing and that really motivated me to embrace Buddhism. I went from being a casual meditator looking for help with my problems to becoming an obsessive student of the dharma, looking for insights into myself and my place in the world.
In this photo I am meditating with my son James. One night a few years ago he caught me sitting on my cushion meditating before bed. He grabbed a pillow, sat by me and started doing it too. A few minutes later his older sister came in and also joined us. We started meditating together every night before bed. It was that experience that inspired me to start teaching meditation practice to kids. Some people think kids can’t meditate and I disagree.
I’m a Dharma teacher and practice leader now and I show people how to practice every Monday night, but it all started because I needed it.
Photo: (Daniel Scharpenburg)
He was trained and certified as a meditation teacher at the Rime Buddhist Center, where he also spent four years teaching kids about Buddhism and meditation practice. He received additional training in the Zen tradition, both as a Monk in the Korean Zen tradition and as a lay teacher in the Caodong Chan tradition.
He has taken Bodhisattva Vows and the precepts of a lay zen teacher.
His work is dedicated to both sharing his own story and presenting a variety of Buddhist teachings in a way that shows how they are applicable to real life.
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