Daniel is a meditation teacher, writer, and podcaster. He specializes in non-traditional Buddhist teachings and secular mindfulness practice. He teaches in groups and retreats.
Daniel has been meditating for over twenty years and has experience in the Chan Buddhist tradition as well as Vipassana. Daniel is a certified Dharma Teacher in the Dharma Winds Zen Tradition and a teacher of meditation groups in the Kansas City area.
Daniel is the co-owner of the website “The Tattooed Buddha” a publication that’s dedicated to giving a platform to spiritual misfits and renegades. Daniel has written articles for Lion’s Roar, Elephant Journal, and The Mighty.
Daniel started practicing meditation in 2000 after some personal tragedies. He’s been teaching meditation and leading meditation events since 2010.
In 2011 he received Meditation Instructor Training from Lama Chuck Stanford. He did some koan study with Sunyananda Dharma in 2013 and spent a very brief period as a zen monk. He learned Mindfulness of Breathing from Santikaro on retreat in 2015. He was trained in Silent Illumination practice by Shi Da Dao in 2016.
In 2018 Daniel received further training in Chan Meditation by YaoXin Shakya and was declared a dharma teacher and chan priest in the Dharma Winds lineage. He was given the name QianMing, which means Supreme Clarity.
Daniel next intends to learn about Vipassana meditation by studying with Venerable Bhante Nanda. Daniel’s philosophy is that teachers should never stop learning.