With Acharya Hessey all weekend as he orchestrated out of the box Level I — playing like Phil, Garcia, and Keats. Alive and inabiting the whole space without cramping any flower in the garden.
A feeling-based approach. Distinctly expressive of this wave of teachings, energy, practices which I have been swimming in for these past four years. This beautiful, ever-flowering offering, exploration arising through Rinpoche, especially, I believe, since his retreat in 2011. That’s when I really entered. I came in spring 2012, received Shambhala Meditation instruction from him that summer, as he was first rolling it out. And that has been my journey. Tattooed his pith instruction in my wrist (which is also the essence of Phish).
Now, Acharya Hessey, who is so in tune, displaying new possibilities for the long-established Shambhala Training weekends. Oh… such a subtle and particular thing, but outrageous, experimental, awake. Art. The art of teaching the Art of Being Human.
Wishing, praying that it may continue to flourish.
So moved by Dan’s rawness, realness. His poetry, urgency, tearful message, sacred-profanity, honesty.
That’s how it’s done.
He told me once: “There are two things that inform the way I teach: The way the Grateful Dead play music and the way that poetry works.”
He told me this weekend: “Keep in touch when you get down to Boulder.”
A precious mentor, teacher, friend right there.
Ki Ki So So.
— February 1, 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
Travis 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. TravisNewbill.com