Daniel Scharpenburg

Writer, Dharma Teacher, Adventurer.




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

I give dharma talks weekly at  The Open Heart Project.

I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Kansas and I manage paperwork for a living. I like to think of myself as equal parts Buddha and Bukowski, but that’s probably pretentious nonsense.

I was trained and certified as a meditation teacher by Lama Chuck Stanford at the Rime Buddhist Center. I went through Zen Priest training in the tradition of Zen Master Seung Sahn and took on the precepts of a lay Zen teacher. Additionally I trained in the Caodong Chan tradition through the Richard Hunn Association of Chan Studies.

As a result of training in these different contexts, I have an eclectic approach to the Bodhisattva path. I take my inspiration mainly from Buddhist teachers who were renegades and madmen, like Ikkyu and Han Shan. 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 took Refuge Vows with Lama Changchup Kunchok Dorje, The Ten Grave Precepts (Novice Ordination) with Wanji Sunim, Pratimoksha (lay ordination) Vows with Geshe Tsewang Thinley, and Bodhisattva Vows with Lobpon Palden Gocha.

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