Daniel Scharpenburg

Writer, Dharma Teacher, Adventurer.



 I’m a writer, dharma teacher, and meditation coach based in Kansas City.

I teach people how to find a more awakened way to engage their lives and relationships through the Bodhisattva path of wisdom and compassion.

I give dharma talks weekly at  The Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world.

I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Kansas and I manage paperwork for a living.

My influences are equal parts Buddha and Bukowski.

I was trained and certified as a meditation teacher at the Rime Center Buddhist Community. I also ran the Dharma School program there for four years, teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice to school age children.

I received additional training in the Zen tradition, both as a Monk in the Korean Zen tradition and as a lay teacher in the Caodong Chan tradition. I gave all that back to become a regular person.

I’ve taken the vows of a lay zen teacher and the bodhisattva vows.

My work is dedicated to both sharing my own story and presenting a variety of Buddhist teachings in a way that shows how they are applicable to real life. I believe in depth without dogma, that we don’t have to adhere to rigid and traditional systems in order to get great benefit for ourselves and others from these teachings.

My writing has been published in Lion’s Roar, Patheos, The Tattooed Buddha, Elephant Journal, and other places.