Sharpening the Mind

Sharpening the Mind

By Daniel Scharpenburg
Talks with Buddhist Meditation teacher Daniel Scharpenburg. Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha. He was empowered to teach meditation by the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha. To know more go to danielscharpenburg.com
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Make Friends with Your Mind (talk + meditation)
The Great Way is not Difficult for those without addiction to preferences... (Talk + Meditation) This episode references a text called Faith in Mind. A version of it can be purchased here:  Mu Soeng's "Trust in Mind"  And another version can be purchased here:  Sheng Yen's "Faith in Mind" if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
36:56
May 25, 2020
Sensei Alex Kakuyo: Perfectly Ordinary
I had my first long distance podcast guest. Sensei Alex Kakuyo is a lay Buddhist minister and author of Perfectly Ordinary: Buddhist Teachings for Everyday Life. You can learn about Alex here: sameoldzen.blogspot.com And you can buy his book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0852GYDXX Alex teaches in the Bright Dawn Tradition, which you can learn about here: Brightdawn.org I first "met" Alex because I saw his writing at The Tattooed Buddha, which you can see here: The Tattooed Buddha if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
53:55
May 21, 2020
The Buddha Holds Up a Flower
The Buddha Held Up a Flower. Kasyapa Smiled. Case 6 from the Gateless Gate. The Gateless Gate is a classic text. My favorite version can be purchased here: Passing Through the Gateless Barrier by Guo Gu if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
18:01
May 15, 2020
Different Forms of Meditation
Different forms of meditation described. Plus, my favorite: Silent Illumination.  if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: Donate Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
24:15
May 13, 2020
Clarity and Turning the Mind
Short explanation of Chan Buddhism.  if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: Paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
12:12
May 11, 2020
Start Where You Are
Start Where You Are. Where else could you start?  if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: Paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
14:33
May 7, 2020
Four Immeasurables
Kindness - Compassion - Joy - Equanimity. Dharma Talk and Guided Meditation. if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy a version of this talk was given as a video on the Tattooed Buddha Facebook page. You can like that page here: facebook.com/thetattooedbuddha
23:18
May 4, 2020
The Wild Fox
Baizhang and the Wild Fox.  Case 2 From “the Gateless Gate” The Gateless Gate is a classic text. My favorite version can be purchased here: Passing Through the Gateless Barrier by Guo Gu if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
16:42
April 30, 2020
Anxiety and Iphones
“We teach best what we need to learn” -Michael Stone if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
16:53
April 27, 2020
Does a Dog Have Buddha Nature?
What does that even mean?  Source: “the Gateless Gate” Case 1 The Gateless Gate is a classic text. My favorite version can be purchased here: Passing Through the Gateless Barrier by Guo Gu if you want to support this podcast by making a donation you can do so by clicking here: paypal.me/danielscharpenburg Go like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/dscharpy
14:55
April 24, 2020
37 Practices of a Bodhisattva - Conclusion
From the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
13:55
April 23, 2020
Mindfulness and the Benefit of Others
From the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
10:08
April 22, 2020
Negative Emotions
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
13:07
April 21, 2020
Give Up Harsh Words
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
09:18
April 20, 2020
Honor and Status and Shantideva
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
10:00
April 19, 2020
The Faults of Others
From the 37 Practices of a bodhisattva
07:11
April 18, 2020
Examine Your Confusion
From the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
11:03
April 17, 2020
Training in Wisdom
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
14:03
April 16, 2020
Training in Meditative Concentration
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
17:47
April 15, 2020
Diligence and Community
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
14:16
April 14, 2020
Training in Patience
From the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
07:08
April 13, 2020
Training in Discipline
From the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
11:54
April 12, 2020
Training in Generosity
From the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
09:57
April 11, 2020
The Object of Aversion
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
08:41
April 10, 2020
The Object of Attachment
From the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
10:18
April 9, 2020
Free From Delusion
From the 37 practices of Bodhisattva
14:03
April 8, 2020
Bringing Attachment onto the Path
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
08:17
April 7, 2020
Bringing Anger Onto the Path
From the 37 practices of a bodhisattva
10:42
April 6, 2020
Bringing Prosperity onto the Path
From the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
08:40
April 5, 2020
Bringing Decline onto the Path
From the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
10:13
April 4, 2020
Bringing Defamation Onto the Path
From the 37 practices
05:02
April 3, 2020
Bringing Ingratitude Onto the Path
From the 37 Practices
05:06
April 2, 2020
Bringing Harsh Words Onto the Path
From the 37 practices
09:41
April 1, 2020
Bringing Disgrace Onto the Path
from the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
16:27
March 31, 2020
If Someone Were To Cut Off Your Head
From the 37 practices
07:59
March 30, 2020
Bringing Loss Onto The Path
from the 37 Practices
11:20
March 29, 2020
A Mind Intent on Benefitting Others
from the 37 Practices of A Bodhisattva
18:54
March 28, 2020
What Use Is Our Own Happiness?
From the 37 practices
10:09
March 27, 2020
Happiness is Like a Dewdrop
From the 37 Practices
08:23
March 26, 2020
Path of Lesser Beings? Don’t Be a Jerk
From the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas
27:39
March 25, 2020
59: Taking Refuge
From the 37 practices
27:03
March 24, 2020
58: Relying on a Spiritual Friend
From the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
17:11
March 23, 2020
57: Bad Company
From the 37 Practices
28:11
March 22, 2020
56: Giving Up Concern for This Life
This one is a little dark. From the 37 Practices
15:03
March 21, 2020
55: Abandoning Negative Places, Free From Distraction
From the 37 Practices
22:30
March 20, 2020
54: Attachment and Hatred. Give That Up
From the 37 Practices.
21:34
March 19, 2020
53: Make Life Meaningful
This is a talk from the 37 Practices it All Bodhisattvas
17:23
March 18, 2020
52: Fear
Fear and overcoming fear. Go to my website: kansascitymeditation.com  if you feel moved to make a donation to support this work you can do so here:  Paypal: PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg  venmo: @DScharp
09:42
February 26, 2020
51: As Good As It Gets
Is this as good as it gets? Is any moment better than this one? Go to my website: kansascitymeditation.com  if you feel moved to make a donation to support this work you can do so here:  Paypal: PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg  venmo: @DScharp
08:34
February 19, 2020
50: Signs of Spiritual Maturity
In this talk I reference Jack Kornfield's "A Path with Heart" which you can buy here:  https://www.amazon.com/Path-Heart-Through-Promises-Spiritual/dp/0553372114
13:00
February 11, 2020
49: What If I'm Too Busy to Meditate?
I'd like to address a question people ask sometimes. ==================== Go to my website: kansascitymeditation.com  if you feel moved to make a donation to support this work you can do so here:   Paypal: PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg  venmo: @DScharp
09:20
February 7, 2020
48: Don’t Be a Jerk, Be Nice, Train the Mind (talk and discussion)
This talk was recorded at Monday Meditation on 2/3/20. ————————————————————————-Go to my website: kansascitymeditation.com if you feel moved to make a donation to support this work you can do so here: Paypal: PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg venmo: @DScharp
19:57
February 4, 2020
47: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
In this talk I explore a fundamental Buddhist teaching called "The Four Foundations of Mindfulness". Can being mindful of our bodies, feelings, thoughts, and the world around us help us to live in a better way? I think so.  ——————————- Go to my website: https://kansascitymeditation.com if you feel moved to make a donation to support this work you can do so here: Paypal: PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg venmo: @DScharp
15:54
February 2, 2020
46: Being Present and Suffering
This talk was recorded at Monday Meditation on 1/20/20. We talked about suffering, shopping carts, and horses. ——————————- if you feel moved to make a donation to support this work you can do so here: Paypal: https://PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg venmo: @DScharp
07:29
January 21, 2020
45: In Our Own Way - Talk and Discussion.
This was recorded at Monday Meditation on 1/6/20. We talked about how often we get in the way of our own efforts to improve ourselves. We also talked about the three poisons: greed, aversion, and delusion. And we had a lively discussion
17:11
January 7, 2020
44: Indira Grace - Religion is Like Ice Cream
Indira has been a Buddhist for 20 years. She has worked as a spiritual advisor, reiki healer, and teacher (including teaching inmates in prison). She writes for the Tattooed Buddha. She is currently working on a Unity Minister degree. We talked about Unity Church, which you can learn about here: www.unity.org and Oneness which you can learn about here: www.omoneness.com
1:01:08
January 6, 2020
43: Guided Meditation and 2020 Vision w/ Whitney Sause
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 12/30/19. Guided Meditation: 0:00-24:00. Discussion: 24:00-49:00. Whitney led the practice for the first time. At the beginning she introduces herself, then there’s a guided meditation followed by a discussion that includes: goals for the year, renewable energy, MS, and other things.
49:18
December 31, 2019
42: Desire - Talk and Discussion
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 12/23/19. We talked about desire. Can we relate to our desires in a more meaningful way? Do you want to be a dog or a tiger? ——————————- if you feel moved to make a donation to support this work you can do so here: Paypal: https://PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg venmo: @DScharp
13:42
December 24, 2019
41: The Thing About Meditation is... (talk and discussion)
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 12/2/19. We talked about believing in our practice and common obstacles. =================== if you feel moved to make a donation you can do so here: Paypal: https://PayPal.me/DanielScharpenburg venmo: @DScharp
16:15
December 10, 2019
40: The Second Arrow
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 11/25/19. We talked about how we sometimes make our own suffering worse.
12:32
November 26, 2019
39: Katarina Elaine - Temple Scarlet Founder
I sat down with my friend Katarina Elaine. She is a Wiccan, a spiritual teacher, and an event coordinator who runs a yearly retreat called Temple Scarlet. We talked about festivals, meditation, pathworking, sacred sexuality, paganism, and the meaning of the word “witch”.
57:12
November 17, 2019
38: Why Bother Meditating?
This talk was recorded at a public Meditation on 11/11/19.
08:48
November 12, 2019
37: Sergio Moreno: Buddhist Chaplain
I sat down with my friend Sergio who is a Buddhist and a Chaplain in Kansas City. We talked about how his career in spiritual wellness and his life as a Buddhist influence each other. We also talked about right livelihood and being fully present for people that need it.
56:13
October 20, 2019
36: Hakuin and the Accusation
A zen story about facing difficult circumstances
07:06
October 17, 2019
35: Zen Mind Workshop
This talk was recorded on 9/28/19 at Aquarius KC, a metaphysical store in Kansas City. I introduced zen meditation, gave some guidance, and took questions. It went really well. Go to https://aquariuskc.com to learn more about this store. I really appreciate that they invited me to give a talk there.
52:18
September 28, 2019
34: Anxiety and Attachment with Alicia Marley
On this episode I talked with my guest and partner Alicia about letting go of anxiety and attachment. We recorded this in the car during a road trip.
20:30
September 22, 2019
33: The Great Treasure - Dharma Talk and Discussion
There is silence and calm beneath all the stuff we’re carrying. “The Great Treasure” is a story from the text “Dropping Ashes on the Buddha.” This Talk was recorded at a public meditation on 9/16/19
09:37
September 17, 2019
32: Laziness and Goals. With guest Alicia Marley
I had a discussion with Alicia Marley about laziness, empowerment, Facebook, and goals.
43:50
September 16, 2019
31: Laziness. Dharma Talk and Discussion
This was recorded at a Meditation Gathering on 9/14/19.
09:05
September 14, 2019
30: The Three Kinds of Laziness - Dharma Talk
What is laziness and how does it stop us from reaching our potential and developing ourselves? This talk was given at Fountain City Meditation on 9/9/19.
09:04
September 10, 2019
29: Patience - Dharma Talk and Discussion
This talk was recorded at a public meditation event on 9/2/19. We meditated and talked about Patience, as well as what to do when you feel itchy, giving in to your desires, and our fixation on doing things “the right way”
17:57
September 3, 2019
28: Encouraging Each Other To Practice- Dharma Talk And Discussion
This was recorded at a public meditation event on 8/26/19. We meditated and discussed things like keeping your eyes open, hearing sounds, and why this is called zen.
15:14
August 27, 2019
27: Difficulties in Meditation
This is a talk and discussion about when and why meditation is hard.
12:55
August 14, 2019
26: Silent Illumination
A description of a Formless meditation practice as well as a little guidance. 
11:49
August 7, 2019
25: Meditation Instruction and Guidance
This talk is meditation instruction I gave at a Meditation Gathering. It was an outdoor event so there is a lot of ambient noise. Notes on posture - healing breath practice - following the breath - silent illumination
21:33
July 17, 2019
24: Things That Weren't Supposed To Happen
We all have these experiences in life where we face unexpected difficulties. These things happen in big and small ways. Does it help to remember we're all going through these things? What can we do about it?
08:08
July 10, 2019
23: Self Image and Compliments with Alicia Marley
This is a discussion I had with Alicia Marley on Self Image, Compliments, and Empowerment
29:30
July 3, 2019
22: The Wood Collector: a zen story
Huineng was a poor person from the southern part of China. No one could have expected him to become an influential Zen Teacher. This is a very short version of his story
12:34
June 27, 2019
21: A Flower and a Smile
A Zen Story that can tell us a few things about expectations and perception.
13:30
June 12, 2019
20: Feelings During Meditation
When we meditate we’re going to have feelings of serenity but also feelings of frustration. In both cases it’s important to not cling to these feelings. -this talk was recorded at a meditation gathering at the Nelson Museum on 6/1/19
04:25
June 2, 2019
19: Why Don't We Just Call It "Meditation Buddhism"?
Exploring where the Zen tradition comes from and what "zen" really means.
20:29
May 29, 2019
18: The Buddha and the Truth About Suffering
The Buddha is sometimes described as a doctor. He saw the was we suffer as a disease to be treated. His teaching is a treatment plan. This is a tiny bit about his life story, but more importantly about the central Buddhist teaching of the Four Noble Truths.
28:15
May 23, 2019
17: Uncertainty and Worry.
I struggle with uncertainty and worry. How about you? This talk was recorded right after I had to cancel a meditation gathering event because of a thunderstorm.
08:00
May 18, 2019
16: Transforming Suffering.
The spiritual path isn't all just for fun. We're trying to do something here. We're trying to reduce our suffering and change the way our suffering spills out of us and on to other people. But how do we do that?
09:09
May 13, 2019
15: Barefoot Bran
Barefoot Bran is my guest. He’s a buddhist folk musician in Kansas City. He’s a member of the Rime Buddhist Community and the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. We talk about spirituality, music, dreams, and community, as well as the intersection between paganism and buddhism
1:07:25
May 6, 2019
14: The Daydream
We’re all dreaming. We’re going through life missing things because we’re dreaming. And we’re not seeing reality clearly. How do we wake up?
06:13
May 3, 2019
13: Introduction to Chan Buddhism
I’d like to Introduce you to Chan Buddhism. This is a path that is practical and it’s about training our minds so we can engage the world in a more meaningful way.
10:18
April 26, 2019
12: Why Meditate?
This is a talk I gave at Fountain City Meditation. There were 17 in attendance, including one child and one dog. Because it was the first outdoor meditation of the season, I decided to just briefly talk about the basics. Why do we meditate?
03:39
April 12, 2019
11: Spiritual Community with guest Daniel Symes
My childhood friend Daniel Symes joined me on the podcast to talk about spiritual communities.  Daniel has been my friend since I was 11 years old and he's a member of pagan and freemason communities. We discussed what those communities, and Buddhism, do well and also where they struggle. I talked some, but not much, about my experience at a temple I used to attend called the Rime Center. He talked some about his experience with the pagan communities: Camp Gaea and Gaia Community (and I marveled at the fact that there are two pagan communities in Kansas City with essentially the same name). And we also talked about semi-spiritual communities like Freemasonry and Scouts BSA.  And we talked about Fountain City Meditation, which I think is a project but may actually be a community. 
40:28
April 7, 2019
10: Anger and Screens of Confusion
This is a recording of a live talk I gave online in the Tattooed Buddha Community Facebook group. I went over a teaching from Hongzhi in “Cultivating the Empty Field” then I addressed some questions and comments about anger.
29:43
March 30, 2019
9: Grieving and Death
We all have to face death. Impermanence is a part of our lives and one thing we all have in common is that we lose the people we care about. What can help us with our grief? In this episode I get personal and talk about my own story. ——Recommended Reading: “Awake in the World” by Michael Stone and “No Death, No Fear” by Thich Nhat Hanh
23:09
March 25, 2019
8: Insecurity Part 2: with Daniel and Alicia
Daniel and Alicia talk about: Insecurity, Introspection, and Brain Weasels.
38:21
March 20, 2019
7: Insecurity Part 1: with Daniel and Alicia
Part one of a series. Insecurity is something we all struggle with it. In this episode Daniel and Alicia explore Daniel’s insecurity regarding hosting events.
29:14
March 11, 2019
6. With Thoughts Clear, Sitting Silently
What’s holding us back? Often it’s ourselves. We’re not broken, or at least no more broken than anyone else. With quotes from “Cultivating the Empty Field”
04:40
March 5, 2019
5: Generosity
True Charity, True Sharing, True Giving. With a quote from Mirror of Zen
04:44
February 15, 2019
4: Perceptions and Reality
How does the way we see things shape our experience? This talk includes a story about a young monk who tried to walk from Korea to China and learned something about the power of our minds.
06:42
February 5, 2019
3: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
We are telling ourselves stories all the time. We re-create our past. We worry/have expectations about the future. And we tell all sorts of stories about ourselves and others. Is this helpful?   “You can no longer deceive yourselves as sincerely as you did before. You have now got the taste of truth.” -Ouspensky
14:06
January 30, 2019
2: Alicia Marley
Alicia Marley came to the podcast. We talked a little bit about Buddhism, but mainly we discussed Facebook, having a sense of wonder, and Geocaching. 
38:45
January 26, 2019
1: The Three Essentials
Great Faith, Great Doubt, Great Determination.  Trying to practice without all three of these present is like having a table that's missing a leg. 
11:47
January 23, 2019