Scharpening The Mind

Transforming Suffering.

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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’s an ordained Zen Teacher in the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha.
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
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
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
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
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.
10:18
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?
03:39
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. 
40:28
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.
29:43
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
23:09
March 25, 2019
Insecurity Part 2: with Daniel and Alicia
Daniel and Alicia talk about: Insecurity, Introspection, and Brain Weasels.
38:21
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.
29:14
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”
04:40
March 5, 2019
Generosity
True Charity, True Sharing, True Giving. With a quote from Mirror of Zen
04:44
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.
06:42
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
14:06
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. 
38:45
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. 
11:47
January 23, 2019
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