Life at SMC

Floral Notes and Bardo: Ordinary and Aspiring

By Travis Newbill

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.

To simply be kind to my fellows, not trying to win, not cheating anyone, doing my work…

10307363_647685145313729_8247107537804061121_n“Magpie strutting” by John Russell of SMC Colorado Front range Style

Another misty day outside.  Many elder practitioners are arriving to receive new teachings from the Sakyong.  This weekend I’m going down to Boulder to receive teachings from him.

Rinpoche: displaying confidence, relaxation, cheerfulness, wisdom.  It seems that he is aware of the suffering of the world, and yet, is optimistic.

A genuine display.

Joyful, not freaked out.

We’re always communicating something…

Ordinary and aspiring…

–June 12, 2014


PortraitTravis Newbill is a curious dude on the path of artistry, meditation, and social engagement who is very glad to be residing at Shambhala Mountain Center.  His roles within the organization include Marketing Associate and Head Dekyong–a position of leadership within the community.