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Daniel Scharpenburg lives in Kansas City with two kids and two cats. He runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. Daniel has a BA in English from KU and he works for the federal government. Once a Novice Monk in the Rinzai Tradition, he dropped out of monk school to become a regular person. He wrote a book called Notes From a Buddhist Mystic . He has taken his inspiration mainly from Zen renegades and madmen like Ikkyu and Han Shan. Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows in both the Nagarjuna and Asanga lineages. He is a frequent guest teacher on Daily Dharma Gathering. Find out more about Daniel on his blog and connect with him on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter

December 2016

Shamatha Meditation: How (& Why) to Begin a Simple Practice.

By | 2016-12-20T09:54:31+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Meditation is about training our minds to experience reality directly.   By Daniel Scharpenburg   Shamatha is a style of meditation that is simple. The point of it is to free ourselves from delusion. We dwell in delusion all the time, but as long as we understand that and cultivate discipline, shamatha can [...]

November 2016

Secular Mysticism. {Book Review}

By | 2016-11-17T19:42:20+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Arts, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By Daniel Scharpenburg   “When, therefore, you put aside your preconceived ideas, your self-centered scale of values, and let intuition have it's way with you, you open up by this act new appearances of the world. Such an opening-up is the most practical of all activities; for then and then only will your day-to-day [...]

October 2016

Greed, Hate & Delusion: The 3 Poisons.

By | 2016-10-25T09:28:07+00:00 October 25th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

    By Daniel Scharpenburg There is a teaching in Buddhism called the three kleshas. Sometimes these are called the three afflictions or the three poisons. These are said to be the three negative emotions that cause us the most suffering. They are the ones that prevent us from realizing our enlightened true nature. They [...]

What Makes a Dharma Teacher?

By | 2016-10-22T12:05:02+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Striding Through The Universe|

By Daniel Scharpenburg Does it mean having the right certificates? Teachers can be certified just like any other kind of teacher. There are simple certifications to get like: "Meditation Instructor" and (ideally) harder ones to get like "Dharma Transmission." Do certificates mean anything? Not really. One of the best Dharma teachers I know taught me "The [...]

September 2016

Confession: I Don’t Do Visualization Meditation.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:36+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Striding Through The Universe|

By Daniel Scharpenburg I attend a local Rime (nonsectarian) Vajrayana Buddhist Temple and I love it. I go to as many events and retreats as I can, and I volunteer for a few duties, including teaching classes. My community means a lot to me. This means I’ve been on retreats with Vajrayana teachers multiple times [...]

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