Daniel Scharpenburg

Writer, Dharma Teacher, Adventurer.





Daniel  Scharpenburg is a writer and independent Dharma teacher. He’s been practicing for nearly 20 years. He teaches in the Bodhisattva tradition.

He lives in Kansas City with two kids and two cats. He’s a Dharma teacher at The Open Heart Project.  He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center.

He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Kansas and manages paperwork for a living. He thinks of himself as equal parts Buddha and Bukowski, but that’s probably pretentious nonsense.

Initially Daniel was ordained in the Korean Seon tradition of Zen Master Seung Sahn, taking on the Brahma Net Precepts of a Lay Zen Monk. Following this, Daniel trained in the Tibetan Rime tradition, taking Refuge, Pratimoksha, and Bodhisattva Vows and received Meditation Instructor Training. Then he trained in the Caodong Chan tradition with Shi Da Dao.

As a result of training in several different contexts, he has an eclectic approach to the Bodhisattva path. He takes his inspiration mainly from Buddhist teachers who were renegades and madmen, like Ikkyu and Han Shan. 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.

Daniel took Refuge with Lama Changchup Kunchok Dorje, The Ten Grave Precepts (Novice Ordination) with Wanji Sunim, Pratimoksha (lay ordination) Vows with Geshe Tsewang Thinley, and Bodhisattva Vows with Lobpon Palden Gocha.


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