Scharpening The Mind

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

An episode of Scharpening The Mind

By Scharpening The Mind
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’s also a teacher in the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.
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Life isn’t Boring. Meditation isn’t Boring
This talk was recorded at a meditation gathering at Unity Southeast in Kansas City, Missouri. In this talk I addressed the question, “is meditation boring?”
April 20, 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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