Daniel is a meditation teacher, writer, and podcaster. He specializes bringing meditation practice and Buddhism to people in a practical way that applies to real life. He teaches in groups and retreats.
Daniel has been practicing Buddhism and meditating for over twenty years. Daniel was ordained as a Chan Priest (Dharma Teacher) by Yaoxin Shakya in 2018 in the Yunmen lineage of Chan Buddhism. Prior to this Daniel spent time practicing with teachers of various lineages. Daniel is on the board of the online community The Dharma Winds Zen Sangha. Daniel is not a monk, but a lay ordained teacher. He follows the Five Lay Precepts and the Mahayana Bodhisattva Precepts transmitted by the “Brahma Net Sutra”. As a teacher his main focus is “Silent Illumination” practice.
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 in the Korean Zen Tradition. 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.