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Latest Articles: November 2018

These are the most recent things I’ve written on other websites. How Much Time Will You Waste Worrying? | The Tattooed Buddha 11/16/18 Calming the Waters | Spiritual Naturalist Society 11/8/18 The Great Way is Gateless | Patheos 11/7/18 Zen Stories and Paying Attention to Little Things | The Tattooed Buddha 11/5/18 When Teenage Missionaries…

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What is Zen?

The purpose of Zen practice is Enlightenment, self realization, awakening to the absolute truth of reality. It’s a path of transformation instead of salvation. We have a constructed image in our minds of who we are and what the world is. Zen is about being in the moment without the constructs. Dropping ego. Dropping the past and…

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“What Defilement Could Ever Arise?” (Video)

This is a talk I recorded. It’s inspired by the text Mirror of Zen. This talk addresses Buddhist ethics and a few other things.   ——————————————————————   You can subscribe to my podcast on ITunes here: Bodhisattva Road and go like my facebook page: Daniel Scharpenburg: Bodhisattva Road  

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Dharma Winds

It feels like I’ve been an independent Dharma teacher for a long time. I guess I haven’t really been independent because I’ve been teaching online at the Open Heart Project for a few years, but that feels like more of a guest teacher role to me. Recently I was invited to join an international Buddhist…

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Three Things About Life

The Buddha taught three things  about human life. These are what he discovered in his spiritual journey. They are all connected. They are: suffering, impermanence, and no-self. Human existence is full of pain and frustration. Careful examination of our situation in life makes this very clear. If we don’t immediately see pervasive suffering in our own lives,…

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Boring is OK

Those who pursue money are always rushed, always busy with urgent matters. Those who pursue the Dharma, go slow and easy. “Boring” you say? Maybe. Maybe it’s downright dreary to stop and smell a flower or listen to a bird. Maybe a glint of gold is really more dazzling than the sight of one’s Original…

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Master Silly Mountain

Han Shan Deqing (1546-1623)  is an important figure from the history of Ch’an Buddhism who isn’t well known. They called him Silly Mountain(not to be confused with the other monk named Han Shan, who they called Cold Mountain). He lived in China and is regarded as a great reformer. He spent a lot of time…

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“I have pacified your mind” (video)

This is the story of Bodhidharma and his student Huike. Let me know what you think.   Upcoming Events: 8/25/18: 11:00AM-11:30AM Meditation Mob KC Nelson Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64111 We are going to meet up on the south lawn of the Nelson Museum and we’re going to meditate…

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