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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 [...]

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 [...]