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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He regularly gives teachings through the Open Heart Project. He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. Daniel has a BA in English from KU and handles paperwork for a living. Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows in both the Nagarjuna and Asanga lineages. Find out more about Daniel on his blog and connect with him on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter

June 2017

The Story of Shantideva & How He Dealt with Bullies

By | 2017-06-22T08:14:28+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

We might like to believe that Buddhist monasteries in India in the 8th century weren't political, but they were, just like every other human institution throughout life.   By Daniel Scharpenburg   “May the blind see the forms, May the deaf hear sounds. May the naked find clothing, The hungry find food; May [...]

May 2017

I Hold Lineage but I Still Feel Weird Calling Myself a Priest

By | 2017-05-09T07:47:36+00:00 May 9th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

Me, a lineage holder? How can I be trusted to spread the Caodong Ch'an lineage or any lineage? I'm supposed to set an example for other practitioners to follow. Me? I think I have more in common with Bukowski than Buddha, but that's probably just pretentious writer nonsense.   By Daniel Scharpenburg I [...]

April 2017

The Guided Meditation that Opened My Heart {Video}

By | 2017-04-07T09:10:55+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

Normally Vajrayana practices seem silly to me. When people are sitting and visualizing elaborate mandalas, I often wonder if they're really doing it.   By Daniel Scharpenburg   When I reflect on my practice, I realize that I've been on at least a dozen retreats with Vajrayana Buddhist teachers, but there are really three [...]

March 2017

The Fine Line Between Dharma Philosophy & Actually Living It

By | 2017-03-12T10:27:52+00:00 March 12th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Right Livelihood, Striding Through The Universe|

Philosophizing can be fun, for sure, but when I'm doing that I'm not being a teacher. Or a spiritual friend, or anything else. How often when we philosophize are we just trying to make ourselves feel smart and important?   By Daniel Scharpenburg   "I'd love to give you something, but what would [...]