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Floral Notes and Bardo: Monkey Music

Monkey picked mind
rich, steamy broth
in small porcelain

Letting the music play late and saying yes to swing-set

monkey bars for cowboys and young buddhists

Red Fire
from the ceiling in the
shrine room

disco balls, projector light show, laser beams, strings of twinklers
thumping PA, alcohol
Earlier — choreographed waltz
at Shambhala Day Ball

Which began winter community retreat — 7 days
meditation in the morning, along with video teaching from Trungpa Rinpoche or Sakyong Mipham — in the flesh teacher who was scheduled had to drop out — sadly
jamming in the afternoon — or other activities like hip hop dancing, medicine wheel leadership analysis, sex group discussion, sledding, more meditation, and so on.

Good times once I got over the criticisms of how it was ut together.

A big time, inspiring talk from Michael Gayner on the last day, which hit points like: in the year of the monkey we’re aspiring to communicate clearly, offer feedback fearlessly, see everyone in totality — as being on a journey, all shortcomings and blindspots fit into this, as path, rather than flaws. I felt that he was speaking directly to me. Time to speak up, let it fly, enter the world, the discussion.

This past weekend, after heavy sweat lodge, I sat with Greg in his beautiful little hobbit house and he gave me an I Ching reading for this monkey year:

Allow the energy to gather and then let it fly. Like releasing a zen arrow. Focused on the goal will allow me to make it through the turbulence of transition. Gentle in the beginnings so that situations may blossom.

Feeling good, feeling into this year, in which I go forth from the mountain into the next life — Boulder, new community, grad school (if they say yes), and so on.
First, the closing phase of my three year stay at SMC: let’s do some good work, leave good things behind for the next folks, for the furutre. Bury some treasure, offer feedback. Go go go.

Going to release music in the next day or two that I made 13 years ago. Monkey music.

— February 23, 2016

Floral Notes and Bardo: The Creative Chronicles of a Shambhala Mountain Resident is a regular feature on the SMC blog in which a member of our staff/community shares his experience of living as part of Shambhala Mountain Center.

About the Author

1606965_10154263909095154_2100377528113425384_nTravis Newbill is a writer, musician, and aspirant on the path of meditation.  He currently resides at Shambhala Mountain Center, where he handles the SMC Blog, and other marketing tasks. He also gives tours of the Great Stupa and is empowered as a Shambhala Guide — a preliminary teaching position.

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