Morning Sky Zen Sangha is a lay Chan Buddhist community under the Chan/Zen teachings of its main teacher, Rev. Qian Ming Shakya (Daniel Scharpenburg).

The Linji and YunMen Chan Lineage of Grand Master HsuYun, through the Zen Buddhist Order of HsuYun is the lineage of this community.

The MSZS is considered a branch of the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha

Our main mission is to share the teachings of Master Hsu Yun and the great masters of the Chan Lineage to the West. And to continue the tradition of Chan Buddhism in the West in a pragmatic, life-practical, and secular way with the profound wish to help all beings.

This community was created to give those who are interested the opportunity to go deeper into the teachings of Chan Buddhism. This is one of the few buddhist communities that exists primarily on the internet.

Our intent is to plant a seed for a simple and sincere western form of the Meditation School of Buddhism (Ch’an/Zen).

This path is about being real, about putting down all the baggage you’re carrying and facing the yourself as you really are. It’s about being truly honest with ourselves about who we are and about the world around us. It’s about being fully open and genuine.

People that feel connected to our organization may request membership at any time.

We meet up through Facebook in the group and Daniel meets with students regularly through Zoom, the video conferencing app.

If you ever wanted to study Zen with an experienced and authorized teacher, especially the earliest Zen teachings, contact us.

If this is your first time here go to our What is Chan Buddhism page and also visit our Library and Practices pages.

Morning Sky Sangha is a western and reformed Chan community. We use traditional and modern forms of communication. We use modern internet tools to reach students that would otherwise have no access to these kinds of teachings.

Our intent is to plant a seed of a sincere western Chan, to make the Chan tradition something that is accessible to westerners.

This is established through the Zen Hermitage tradition. A Zen Hermitage is traditionally a place were a priest lives and shares his Buddhist practice with others. It is a place to practice in simplicity, sincerity and humility and doesn’t necessary offer all the services a Buddhist temple or monastery may offer. This hermitage exists on the internet and doesn’t have a physical location.