QianMing Shakya


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“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.” -Jack Kerouac

My View of Things:

I practice Hermit Zen as opposed to Temple Zen, meaning I spread my teachings around whenever I can, rather than trying to build a temple, start a community, or attract students. I want to share my practice with simplicity, sincerity and humility but I don’t offer all the services that a Buddhist temple may offer. I consider myself in the tradition of Zen lunatics like Han Shan and Ikkyu.

I continue to study and practice under different Buddhist teachers in several different traditions. I think that we should all think of ourselves as always learning.


When I joined the Dharma Winds Sangha as a Zen priest I was given the Buddhist name “QianMing Shakya”. QianMing means Supreme Clarity. Shakya is the title that ordained teachers are given in the Chinese Zen tradition.


I have a column at The Tattooed Buddha called Awake in the City, which you can get to here.

awake in the city

I also have column at Patheos: Buddhist called Bodhisattva Road, which you can get to here.


This all really started because I love writing about Buddhism.

Writing about Buddhism is part of the path for me. As time went on, people started asking me to talk and teach about Buddhism. Talking about the dharma didn’t come naturally to me at first, but it’s part of my path now too. I love sharing what I’ve learned.


I am a Zen Priest and Dharma teacher in the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha

dharma winds

and the Order of Hsu Yun


I teach at the Open Heart Project: Daily Dharma Gathering Monday nights at 7pm (CST). I try to inspire people with dharma talks, stories, real life examples, and guided meditations. You can get there by clicking here:



I’m trying to offer many of the services people get at temples here, online.

If you’re interested in:

  • Meditation instruction
  • Learning more about Buddhism
  • Taking Precepts (becoming a Buddhist)
  • Having a teacher
  • Spiritual guidance
  • or if you just have questions

Please Contact Me. I know teachers are hard to find and many people get a lot out of developing a relationship with a teacher.

I’ve been practicing since 2000. I’ve spent over 40 days on retreat.

Currently my main focus is on Meditation Practice as it was taught in the earliest days of the Chinese Zen (Chan) tradition.

I lead a meditation group called KC Meditation Gathering. We meet outdoors in a public place every month and all are welcome.

I also practice with two online communities, The Open Heart Project and The Dharma Winds Zen Sangha. I am recognized as a Dharma Teacher in both of these communities.

I want to share my practice with simplicity, sincerity and humility but I don’t offer all the services that a Buddhist temple does. I consider myself in the tradition of Zen hermits like Han Shan and Ikkyu.


I’ve given public talks at  The Inner Peace Buddhist Center, The Gaea Retreat Center, and Tam Bao Buddhist Temple. If you want me to come to your event, click Here


I started studying Buddhism in 2000, mainly focused on overcoming my own suffering.

In 2010 I completed Meditation Instructor Training and Certification through the Rime Center. I also took lay ordination (pratimoksha) and Bodhisattva Vows there.

From 2010 until 2014 I ran the Dharma School program there, teaching kids about Buddhism (including my own).

In 2012 and 2013 I trained as a Zen Monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order.

In 2014 I went through lay teacher training through the Richard Hunn Association for Ch’an Studies. I took the Mahayana Precepts from the Brahmajala Sutra and became a teacher in the Tsaotung Ch’an tradition.

In 2018 I became a Zen Priest in the Dharma Winds Zen Order, an online network of Zen hermitages.