Scharpening The Mind

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Talks and discussions with Kansas City meditation teacher Daniel Scharpenburg. Daniel runs Fountain City Meditation and is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha. He was empowered to teach meditation by the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha.
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Talks and discussions with Kansas City meditation teacher Daniel Scharpenburg. Daniel runs Fountain City Meditation and is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha. He was empowered to teach meditation by the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha.

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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: venmo: @DScharp
December 10, 2019
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.
November 26, 2019
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”. ================ if you feel moved to make a donation you can do so here: Paypal venmo: @DScharp
November 17, 2019
Why Bother Meditating?
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 11/11/19.
November 12, 2019
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.
October 20, 2019
Hakuin and the Accusation
A zen story about facing difficult circumstances
October 17, 2019
Be Real and Live Your Best Life
This talk is an exploration of Bodhidharma’s teaching, the Four Zen Gates
October 10, 2019
Mini Episode: The Flower Story
This is the story of the Buddha holding up a flower.
October 5, 2019
Face Whatever Appears Before You
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 9/30/19
October 1, 2019
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 to learn more about this store. I really appreciate that they invited me to give a talk there.
September 28, 2019
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.
September 22, 2019
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 Monday Night Zen on 9/16/19
September 17, 2019
Laziness and Goals. With guest Alicia Marley
I had a discussion with Alicia Marley about laziness, empowerment, Facebook, and goals.
September 16, 2019
Laziness. Dharma Talk and Discussion
This was recorded at Second Saturday Meditation Gathering on 9/14/19.
September 14, 2019
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.
September 10, 2019
Patience - Dharma Talk and Discussion
This talk was recorded at Monday Night Zen 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”
September 3, 2019
Some Stuff About Encouragement
How can I encourage you in your meditation practice? Let me know!
August 30, 2019
Encouraging Each Other To Practice- Dharma Talk And Discussion
This was recorded at Monday Night Zen on 8/26/19. We meditated and discussed things like keeping your eyes open, hearing sounds, and why this is called zen.
August 27, 2019
What is Zen?
A very short answer to the question "What is Zen?"  These four lines are often used to describe what the Zen tradition is all about: "A separate transmission outside the scriptures Not dependent upon words and letters Direct pointing at the human mind Seeing one's nature and becoming Buddha"
August 21, 2019
Difficulties in Meditation
This is a talk and discussion about when and why meditation is hard.
August 14, 2019
Silent Illumination
A description of a Formless meditation practice as well as a little guidance. 
August 7, 2019
Wash Your Bowl
Zen has no secret teaching. It's all just "Wash your Bowl"
August 1, 2019
What's Your Flag?
This is a zen story. A zen teacher approached a temple and saw two monks arguing about a flag. One said, "The flag is moving." The other said, "No, the wind is moving." These two guys were just arguing with each other to try to prove who was smarter. The teacher approached them and said, "No, your minds are moving." What can we learn from this story? What's your flag? 
July 24, 2019
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
July 17, 2019
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?
July 10, 2019
Self Image and Compliments with Alicia Marley
This is a discussion I had with Alicia Marley on Self Image, Compliments, and Empowerment
July 3, 2019
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
June 27, 2019
Peace of Mind
A student goes to his teacher and says “I need peace of mind. Can you help me?” And the teacher says, “No”
June 19, 2019
A Flower and a Smile
A Zen Story that can tell us a few things about expectations and perception.
June 12, 2019
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
June 2, 2019
Why Don't We Just Call It "Meditation Buddhism"?
Exploring where the Zen tradition comes from and what "zen" really means.
May 29, 2019
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.
May 23, 2019
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.
May 18, 2019
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?
May 13, 2019
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
May 6, 2019
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?
May 3, 2019
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. This introduction is the first part of a series.
April 26, 2019
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?
April 12, 2019
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. 
April 7, 2019
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.
March 30, 2019
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
March 25, 2019
Insecurity Part 2: with Daniel and Alicia
Daniel and Alicia talk about: Insecurity, Introspection, and Brain Weasels.
March 20, 2019
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.
March 11, 2019
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”
March 5, 2019
True Charity, True Sharing, True Giving. With a quote from Mirror of Zen
February 15, 2019
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.
February 5, 2019
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
January 30, 2019
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. 
January 26, 2019
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. 
January 23, 2019
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