Month: March 2014


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SMC and ‘Art Machine’: A Conversation with Writer/Director 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. 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. You can watch our interview below, or scroll down to stream/download the audio. And, you can view and support this film in iTunes by following this link: If you’d …

Floral Notes and Bardo: So Many Ways to Be

  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. So many ways to be. More ways to be than I allow myself to imagine, let alone embody. My first time in Kasung uniform Friday night–like sticking my finger into a electric socket. I’ve worn some crazy things for the sake of art and exploration. The Kasung uniform shook my core–identity–as much as any outfit ever has. Wearing a wedding dress is less of a big deal, because that’s just me being weird. Painting my fingernails (which I did (Heather did) earlier in the day) is also less… Well, it’s a similar sort of thing. I like subverting norms and expectations–my own and those that others hold. I especially like playfully subverting gender norms… Wearing the Kasung uniform is extra edgy because it carries heavier connotations: I’m part of something, I have a role within a larger …