Striding Through the Universe

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Daniel Scharpenburg is a dreamer, an idealist and a mystic. He grew up in Kansas City, where he still resides. Having lost his parents during his youth, he began a long period of introspection that led to the Buddhist path. Along the way, he got a degree in English, which everyone told him would be useless. Facing crippling anxiety problems, he started exploring meditation and eastern spirituality. It was like he had found a part of himself that had always been missing. He’s been practicing Buddhism for over 10 years now. He has studied with many different Buddhist teachers from diverse lineages. He received personal instruction from Shi Da Dao, in the lineage of Master Xu Yun, and he has served as personal attendant to Karen Maezen Miller on a Zen retreat. He believes in taking Buddhist teachings out into the world, teaching in places where other teachers might not go, such as campgrounds and hippie drum circles. He considers himself a Zen Iconoclast and Radical, in the vein of his personal hero Ikkyu Sojun. He leads meditation workshops every year at the Heartland Pagan Festival and teaches classes in Buddhism at the Rime Buddhist Center. Daniel writes for a few websites including The Tattooed Buddha and Elephant Journal .

Recent Posts

Nagarjuna: The Noble Serpent

February 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The legend is that these teachings were given to him by snake-like spiritual beings called nagas that came out of the bottom of the sea. The story is that the Buddha, during his life, [...]

That Time I Went to a Sweat Lodge at Camp Gaea

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

One of the guys in the group said that he had done this before and had visions of dragons and tigers. Because it's dark, hallucinations can happen. I don't do small talk, so I [...]

How Do You Afford Your Buddhist Lifestyle?

January 27th, 2017|1 Comment

This is the thing about retreat Buddhism---it's usually expensive.   By Daniel Scharpenburg   Now tickets to concerts and drinking at clubs Sometimes for music that you haven't even heard of. And how [...]

The 5 Stages of Becoming Bodhisattva

January 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]