About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher in Kansas City. He regularly gives teachings through the Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world. 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. Find out more about Daniel on his blog and connect with him on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter

July 2017

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