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About Daniel Scharpenburg

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

September 2016

Being a Bodhisattva Means Striving to Save All Beings (Including Ourselves).

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:41+00:00 September 9th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

  By Daniel Scharpenburg "If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." -Jack Kornfield. On the Bodhisattva path, we are striving to save all beings. By putting all other thoughts aside, we are simply working for the benefit of all. But sometimes we forget to include ourselves. We’re taught to not judge others, [...]

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April 2016

Dharma Transmission & Other Stories We Tell.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:21+00:00 April 12th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

  By Daniel Scharepenburg   There's a lovely story that people tell in some Zen communities. I've heard it more than once and it's essentially exactly the same. Some of the wording is different but the story is essentially this: "I was never trying to become a Zen teacher. I was just practicing with my teacher [...]

February 2016

Perform Only Virtuous Actions.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:47+00:00 February 5th, 2016|blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

  By Daniel Scharpenburg   "Do not commit any non-virtuous actions. Perform only virtuous actions. Subdue the mind thoroughly." -The Buddha   This is chanted in a lot of Buddhist temples. To me it's the shortest possible explanation of Buddhism. People sometimes ask me about Buddhism, mainly because I write about Buddhism on the internet and [...]

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