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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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