Scharpening The Mind

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 was empowered to teach meditation by the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha. Support this podcast:

The Thing About Meditation is… (talk and discussion)
Dec 10 • 16 min
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:…
The Second Arrow
Nov 25 • 12 min
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 11/25/19. We talked about how we sometimes make our own suffering worse. —- Support this podcast:
Katarina Elaine - Temple Scarlet Founder
Nov 17 • 57 min
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…
Why Bother Meditating?
Nov 12 • 9 min
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 11/11/19. —- Support this podcast:
Sergio Moreno: Buddhist Chaplain
Oct 20 • 56 min
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…
Hakuin and the Accusation
Oct 17 • 7 min
A zen story about facing difficult circumstances —- Support this podcast:
Be Real and Live Your Best Life
Oct 10 • 6 min
This talk is an exploration of Bodhidharma’s teaching, the Four Zen Gates —- Support this podcast:
Mini Episode: The Flower Story
Oct 5 • 3 min
This is the story of the Buddha holding up a flower. —- Support this podcast:
Face Whatever Appears Before You
Sep 30 • 5 min
This talk was recorded at Fountain City Meditation on 9/30/19 —- Support this podcast:
Zen Mind Workshop
Sep 28 • 52 min
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…
Anxiety and Attachment with Alicia Marley
Sep 22 • 20 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
The Great Treasure - Dharma Talk and Discussion
Sep 17 • 10 min
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 —- Support this podcast:…
Laziness and Goals. With guest Alicia Marley
Sep 16 • 44 min
I had a discussion with Alicia Marley about laziness, empowerment, Facebook, and goals. —- Support this podcast:
Laziness. Dharma Talk and Discussion
Sep 14 • 9 min
This was recorded at Second Saturday Meditation Gathering on 9/14/19. —- Support this podcast:
The Three Kinds of Laziness - Dharma Talk
Sep 9 • 9 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Patience - Dharma Talk and Discussion
Sep 2 • 18 min
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” —- Support this podcast:…
Some Stuff About Encouragement
Aug 30 • 4 min
How can I encourage you in your meditation practice? Let me know! —- Support this podcast:
Encouraging Each Other To Practice- Dharma Talk And Discussion
Aug 27 • 15 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
What is Zen?
Aug 21 • 4 min
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…
Difficulties in Meditation
Aug 14 • 13 min
This is a talk and discussion about when and why meditation is hard. —- Support this podcast:
Silent Illumination
Aug 7 • 12 min
A description of a Formless meditation practice as well as a little guidance. —- Support this podcast:
Wash Your Bowl
Jul 31 • 4 min
Zen has no secret teaching. It’s all just “Wash your Bowl” —- Support this podcast:
What’s Your Flag?
Jul 24 • 6 min
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…
Meditation Instruction and Guidance
Jul 17 • 21 min
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 —- Support this podcast:…
Things That Weren’t Supposed To Happen
Jul 10 • 8 min
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? —- Support this podcast:…
Self Image and Compliments with Alicia Marley
Jul 3 • 29 min
This is a discussion I had with Alicia Marley on Self Image, Compliments, and Empowerment —- Support this podcast:
The Wood Collector: a zen story
Jun 26 • 12 min
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 —- Support this podcast:
Peace of Mind
Jun 19 • 4 min
A student goes to his teacher and says “I need peace of mind. Can you help me?” And the teacher says, “No” —- Support this podcast:
A Flower and a Smile
Jun 12 • 13 min
A Zen Story that can tell us a few things about expectations and perception. —- Support this podcast:
Feelings During Meditation
Jun 2 • 4 min
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 —- Support this…
Why Don’t We Just Call It “Meditation Buddhism”?
May 29 • 20 min
Exploring where the Zen tradition comes from and what “zen” really means. —- Support this podcast:
The Buddha and the Truth About Suffering
May 23 • 28 min
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…
Uncertainty and Worry.
May 18 • 8 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Transforming Suffering.
May 13 • 9 min
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? —- Support this podcast:…
Barefoot Bran
May 6 • 67 min
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…
The Daydream
May 2 • 6 min
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? —- Support this podcast:
Introduction to Chan Buddhism
Apr 26 • 10 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Why Meditate?
Apr 12 • 4 min
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? —- Support…
Spiritual Community with guest Daniel Symes
Apr 7 • 40 min
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…
Anger and Screens of Confusion
Mar 30 • 30 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Grieving and Death
Mar 25 • 23 min
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…
Insecurity Part 2: with Daniel and Alicia
Mar 20 • 38 min
Daniel and Alicia talk about: Insecurity, Introspection, and Brain Weasels. —- Support this podcast:
Insecurity Part 1: with Daniel and Alicia
Mar 10 • 29 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
With Thoughts Clear, Sitting Silently
Mar 5 • 5 min
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” —- Support this podcast:
Feb 15 • 5 min
True Charity, True Sharing, True Giving. With a quote from Mirror of Zen —- Support this podcast:
Perceptions and Reality
Feb 4 • 7 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Jan 30 • 14 min
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…
Alicia Marley
Jan 25 • 39 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
The Three Essentials
Jan 23 • 12 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Scharpening the Mind podcast trailer
Jan 22 • 0 min
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