Daniel Scharpenburg

Writer, Dharma Teacher, Adventurer.





Daniel  Scharpenburg is a writer and independent Dharma teacher. He teaches in the tradition of Chan Adepts and Bodhisattvas.

He lives in Kansas City with two kids and two cats. He’s a Dharma teacher at The Open Heart Project.  He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center.

He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Kansas and manages paperwork for a living. He thinks of himself as equal parts Buddha and Bukowski, but that’s probably pretentious nonsense.

Once a Novice Monk in the Rinzai tradition, after extensive training he dropped out of monk school to become a regular person.

Taking his inspiration mainly from Zen renegades and madmen like Ikkyu and Han Shan, Daniel has committed to the Bodhisattva Path. He has taken it upon himself to not only share his own story, but also to take some of the more complex Buddhist teachings and to present them in a way that is easy to understand.

Daniel took Refuge with Lama Changchup Kunchok Dorje, Novice Monk Vows with Wanji Sunim, and Bodhisattva Vows with Lobpon Palden Gocha.

Daniel was transmitted the Caodong Chan lineage of Master Hsu Yun by Shi Da Dao and given the dharma name Zhao Dao (shining path).




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