Month: March 2014

Flowing Like Water, Strong as a Mountain

by Larry Welsh A personal message: I would like to invite you to join us at Shambhala Mountain Center for a special retreat, starting the evening of April 25 until 2 pm on April 27.  We live in a time when many people are lost in the pursuit of happiness purely through ideas, thoughts, and screens… like a dream.   Materialism rages in the ten directions and thus many resort to violence, thinking this to be a solution to their pain and suffering.  That violence can manifest in very subtle ways and in coarse ways causing harm to self and others.  The all-consuming drive to be productive at the expense of nourishing our deepest nature robs us of real fulfillment and true maturity.  Our spirit drifts, leaving us without a place to truly rest and our hearts have lost the understanding, the Tao of The Art of the Heart.  By learning how to flow like water and to be strong as a mountain through authentic relaxation, each of us can discover the Art of the Heart and …

Walking the Edge: An Interview with Filmmaker Doug Karr

By Travis Newbill Second generation member of the Shambhala community Doug Karr has brought a marvelous film into the world recently, and we at Shambhala Mountain Center are excited to share the news that our own Executive Director Michael Gayner has helped the film along, serving as Executive Producer (he’s an executive kind of guy). And, in related delightful news, Doug has generously offered up one of his producer points from the film so that a portion of the film’s profits will go towards the Shambhala Mountain Center. (Thanks, Doug!) The film, titled Art Machine, tells the story of a child prodigy painter who must make the difficult transition into adulthood–as an artist and human being. Throughout the film, notions of sanity, inspiration, madness, dharma, fame, and love are explored in a fun and edgy way. Recently, Doug took some time to speak with us about the film, which you can purchase in iTunes by following this link: Click Here SMC: It seems that, in Western culture, art is not always seen to be an …

Bringing Positive Change to Shambhala Mountain Center

  Dear friends and supporters, The Governing Council would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on Shambhala Mountain Center. We know that for some time there have been concerns about Shambhala Mountain Center’s financial health, which have led to confusion, doubt and uncertainty.  With this update, we wish to share some of the important strides that are being made, as well as make manifest our shared commitment to introduce appropriate remedies.  These positive efforts will bring meaningful change to enable Shambhala Mountain Center to not merely get by, but to thrive. To that end, the Governing Council is implementing a three- to four-year turnaround plan intended to ensure that Shambhala Mountain Center remains focused on fulfilling its mission and purpose, achieves financial sustainability, and offers the highest quality programs and services.  To do so will require sound, innovative and creative management and oversight.   Root Causes of the Financial Issues Many of today’s financial challenges are a result of decisions or circumstances from years – even decades – ago. The most challenging …

Dwelling in the Sacred: Awakening Through Seeing and Making

By Anthony Lawlor To dwell in the sacred is to live with shimmering presence in the physical world. It is to experience your home and community as living, breathing extensions of your mind, body and nature. It is to engage visible forms and colors, objects and places as allies revealing the unseen forces energizing and guiding you. In the middle of the crushing craziness of daily life, it is finding spaciousness and peace wherever you are. Dwelling in the sacred is your natural way of inhabiting the earth. But it gets lost in the fears and limited patterns of thinking promoted by our materialistic culture. To reclaim sacred ways of dwelling involves expanding beyond the conventional mindset that views the world as isolated, lifeless objects. It is to see with fresh eyes and shape your surroundings in ways the promote renewal and awakening. Sacred Seeing opens you to experiencing walls and windows, chairs and cabinets as the alchemy between human imagination and the earth. Through such awakened eyes, inhabiting your home and city becomes an …

Summer Set-Up Volunteer Program: Pitch Some Tents, Open Your Heart

By Travis Newbill Summer set-up is our annual, six week volunteer program which provides folks of all sorts an opportunity to spend time together on the magical land of Shambhala Mountain–practicing meditation, working, and participating in a variety of community activities. It’s a time when friendships are formed and insights arise as to who we are and what we’re doing. It’s a time for growth, reflection, and contributing to something larger than any individual. We hope that the video below may offer a glimpse into what a powerful experience Summer Set-up may be for people, and we warmly invite you to consider participating. To learn more about the program, and to apply (deadline is May 1), CLICK HERE  

Floral Notes and Bardo: Wild and Dignified

  Floral Notes and Bardo: The Creative Chronicles of a Shambhala Mountain Resident is a daily feature on the SMC blog in which a member of our staff/community shares his experience of existing as part of Shambhala Mountain Center. I-Ching toss last night–“stillness.” The image of a mountain–first hexagram. Second: progress. The image of the sun rising. Greg said: Taming the mind, meditative stillness, and waiting until the right moment to act. And, when I do, it will be effective. Something about the hexagram saying: Don’t allow your hips to become frozen. You’ve got to boogie. No cave-dwelling yogi life for you right now, Ngejung Tachok. And, be with the peeps. Being a leader, you’ve got to be with the peeps, not separate from them. You are a peep. Greg was giving me an I-Ching reading upstairs in the library, meanwhile downstairs in the shrine room, the Beastie Boys, dance party. Pounding electronic music. I’d been dancing then saw Greg in the hallway and asked for a reading. He’d given the ceremonial reading for SMC earlier …

Befriending Small Deaths-Big Deaths: A Conversation with Dominie Cappadonna

  Dominie Cappadonna will be leading Befriending Small Deaths-Big Deaths along with Joshua Mulder, May 9-11 Approaching death with curiosity, courage, and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown. The small deaths of broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, loss of work and more, offer us practice moments for the big death at the end of life. By relating in a profound way with our small deaths, we build resilience and positive qualities to strengthen our encounter with dying moments as they arise. If you’d like to download the audio file, CLICK HERE and find the “Download” button. Otherwise, you can stream the audio below.