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Calming the Waters

Waves roughen the sea and windmill turn because of the wind. Take away the wind and the sea becomes calm and the windmills come to rest. For every effect there is a cause. The waves of desire for things in the material world churn our minds, keep up in a constant state of agitation, scrambling…

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Latest Articles: December 2018

These are the most recent things I’ve written at other websites. Have a look and tell me what you think. Starting a Meditation Practice: Group or Solo? | The Tattooed Buddha 12/28/18 When We Are Faced With The Uncomfortable | Tattooed Buddha 12/11/18 Bodhi Day | Patheos 12/8/18

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The Three Essentials (Podcast)

Here’s a talk I recorded about the Three Essentials with some verses from the text Mirror of Zen. The actual verse is here. I paraphrased it in the podcast, rather than reciting the whole thing: “You should hold the practice with total determination, like a hen nesting on her brood, like a cat hunting a…

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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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