This page is the home for all the Buddhist teachings and writings by Daniel Scharpenburg.

I’m a Kansas City Based meditation and mindfulness teacher. My focus is on Mindfulness practices rooted in the earliest Zen teachings and Compassion practices rooted in the Bodhisattva tradition.

Here’s my blog:


My intent is to show people how to find a more awakened way to engage their lives through the Bodhisattva path of wisdom and compassion. My goal is to meet people where they are and give them a little guidance and inspiration. read more


I have a weekly column at Patheos: Buddhist called Bodhisattva Road, which you can get to here.


And a weekly column at The Tattooed Buddha called Awake in the City, which you can get to here.

awake in the city

I teach at the Open Heart Project: Daily Dharma Gathering Monday nights at 7pm (CST). I try to inspire people with dharma talks, stories, real life examples, and guided meditations. You can get there by clicking here:


This all really started because I love writing about Buddhism.

Writing about Buddhism is part of the path for me. As time went on, people started asking me to talk and teach about Buddhism. Talking about the dharma didn’t come naturally to me at first, but it’s part of my path now too. I love sharing what I’ve learned.

If you’re interested in personal instruction or want me to come to your event, send me a message.


 My Philosophy:

I want to meet people where they are. I don’t want to be your master. I’m as messed up as you are (maybe more). I just want to be your spiritual friend.

And I’m inspired to serve.

I serve by:

I don’t think that we need to go away from the world in order to seriously practice. The way of the Bodhisattva involves being in the world, practicing within the struggle of daily life, rather than going away to practice in some artificial environment. The world is my temple.

My intent is to help people work with their minds and learn how to live life more fully.

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