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

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 [...]

February 2017

What is the Mahayana School of Buddhism?

By | 2017-02-22T08:01:37+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

Mahayana Buddhism is founded in the concept of the Bodhisattva, one who is less interested in attaining enlightenment for oneself and motivated to bring enlightenment to others instead.   By Daniel Scharpenburg The original basic teaching of the Buddha was a way of liberation, enlightenment and freedom from suffering. The Buddha didn't try [...]

January 2017

The 5 Stages of Becoming Bodhisattva

By | 2017-01-16T09:29:30+00:00 January 16th, 2017|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

These 5 paths are said to really explain the journey for us.   By Daniel Scharpenburg   According to Mahayana texts, there are five paths---or stages---that can be described to explain the spiritual journey. In the beginning we take vows, generating the urge to attain enlightenment to help others, and then work toward complete [...]

Yes, Those Weird Experiences During Meditation are Normal (& They’re Called Nyams)

By | 2017-01-13T08:31:11+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Advanced Meditation, blog, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

Strange experiences will most likely occur if you practice for a long time.   By Daniel Scharpenburg The Tibetan Master Jamgon Kongtrul described various experiences that can come up during our meditation practice. These are temporary experiences that come up sometimes and we can see them as sort of a roadmap for our awakening. [...]

December 2016

Opening the Sky Door: Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

By | 2016-12-31T16:36:34+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Vipassana is what makes you aware of the potential for enlightenment. It is dwelling in enlightenment, without the small self, the ego.   By Daniel Scharpenburg When people talk about meditation they're usually talking about one kind---Shamatha, or concentration meditation. Vipassana, or Insight Meditation is another kind that's often done alongside Shamatha. Shamatha provides [...]

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 [...]