Daniel is a meditation teacher, writer, and podcaster. In his day job he’s a labor activist and government worker.

Daniel 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 and has practiced with many different teachers. Daniel was appointed a Chan Dharma Teacher in the Dharma Winds Lineage by Venerable Yaoxin Shakya. Daniel was given the name QianMing Shakya. He has been assisting with running the Dharma Winds Online Sangha and serving as Co-Prior since 2018. Daniel is a lay zen priest, not a monk, and lives an ordinary life out in the world like everyone else.

Prior to that he has served as a Dharma Facilitator at the Rime Buddhist Center in the Tibetan Rime Tradition and he went through Dharma Teacher training in the lay TsaoTung Chan lineage founded by Charles Luk through the International Chan Buddhism Institute.

Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha and he has written for Lion’s Roar, Elephant Journal, Patheos, and The Mighty.



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