About

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Daniel Scharpenburg is a Buddhist Meditation Teacher, Writer, and Labor Activist. Daniel is a Dharma Facilitator at the Rime Buddhist Center

He was born and raised in the Midwest and lives in the Kansas City area.
He went to college at the University of Kansas and received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. He didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life and he only discovered a passion for fighting for worker’s rights in the last few years.

Daniel has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and teaching for 10. Daniel has taught various classes and workshops around the Kansas City area and also worked with private students. He has primarily studied in the Tibetan Rime Tradition, but has also studied Theravada, Korean Zen, and Chan Buddhism.
Daniel went through Meditation Instructor Training with Lama Chuck Stanford at the Rime Buddhist Center and received authorization to teach Buddhist Meditation in 2011. At the Rime Center Daniel took Refuge, Pratimoksha, and Bodhisattva Vows. He has received teachings and empowerments in Tibetan Buddhism from several teachers, most notably Lama Lena Yeshe Kaytup, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, and Younge Khachab Rinpoche

Daniel served as the lead teacher of the Rime Center Youth Program from 2011-2014.

He also went through some teacher training and spent some time as a Zen Monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order and received some long distance mentoring from Shi Da Dao and Yaoxin Shakya.

In 2022 Daniel started studying with Thupten Jinpa and his organization The Compassion Institute. Since that time Daniel has become devoted to Boundless Heart (ie Metta) Practice. 

Daniel has taught at the Rime Buddhist Center, Aquarius KC, The Mid-Continent Public Library, Heart of the Dove KC, Tam Bao Buddhist Temple, The Open Heart Project, and many other places.