just an update

I left the Five Mountain Zen Order a few months ago.

No hard feelings, I just don’t connect with the teaching style of Seung Sahn at all, so I’m not interested in learning from teachers who follow his style so closely.


I am now studying with a Ch’an Master named Shi Da Dao. He teaches in the lineage of Ch’an Master Xu Yun. 

We’ll see how this goes. 

This teacher seems a lot more interested in bringing students to Enlightenment than perpetuating a sect and I like that.


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 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.

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