All posts tagged: Gayner

Floral Notes and Bardo: Magnanimity, Bhanu, and the Back Nine

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 existing as part of Shambhala Mountain Center. So sleepy this morning, both of us, and Heather said: “It’s cute that we have temples, huh? Like, my body is a temple, and my temple is a temple… And my temple is my body!” At breakfast, Director Gayner — who is in the midst of high-level Shambhala leadership retreat — in which they practice for 20 hours a day — approached Heather and I with a big grin. “Ahh! Just the two that I was hoping to see.  This is very auspicious.” We nodded, and he went on: “Magnanimity!  Do you know this word?” He’d like for us to come up with a calligraphed presentation of this word along with its definition from the 1812 Oxford English Dictionary (or something like that) as a gift for Richard Reoch, who is leading the retreat. We gladly agreed. ~~~ …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Not new

  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. Breath over ridges under a river– out of my mind into my bones a breaking guitar string in slow motion on display The first day of the year seems like a good time to start something new. This blog is not new, but this is a new phase. I accidentally started it yesterday–on the last day of last year. Today is Wednesday, which is the day of the week that I’ve been planning on not writing because we have community meetings on Wednesdays. All the other days in the week we have a nice, long community meditation session in the morning. I like to meditate as much as possible before I write. This morning, only a short session, and so a sense of clumsy articulation. Okay. Today in the community meeting, Director Gayner gave an amazing presentation …