Life at SMC

Floral Notes and Bardo: Tripping Jester

What does Shambhala need?  A court jester.

I’m working now, with the team, on our next online conference.  And it occurs to me that I mock, internally, anything which seems to take itself too seriously.  For example, the “mindfulness movement.”  I think that mindfulness is helpful, and so is irreverence.

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Dickie, and the pile of Bio Solids. Big topic at the community meeting yesterday.  We don’t have to drain the lagoon, which is habitat for hundreds, and used to be a poo hole.

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SMC.  The: void, desolation.  Deprived of: entertainment, comfort — which is good.  Naked. Good for humans to access that, drop into that.  But, for a contained period — not as a way to live.

I think, in these modern times.

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(I DONT WANT TO WORK ON THIS!!!!!! I WANT TO PLAY WITH THAT GUITAR OVER THERE FOR HOURS!!!!!!!!)

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Sense of humor for survival.

Family now and so not worried about being kicked out for my dissenting opinions, cynicism, etc.

The wild way to bring about Shambhala Vision.

(Ed: My own trip-ups and insights on the path towards clear-seeing, gentle being, skillful speech.)

— September 10, 2015

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.

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PortraitTravis Newbill is a writer, musician, and aspirant on the path of meditation.  He currently resides at Shambhala Mountain Center, where he serves in the roles of Marketing Associate and Shambhala Guide — a preliminary teaching position.  Follow Travis on twitter: @travisnewbill