All posts tagged: Michael Gayner

[WATCH] Townhall with Michael Gayner from Sat. Oct. 3

Town Hall meeting with Michael Gayner, in which he shares the latest information and answers questions regarding the impact of the Cameron Peak Fire on SMC. Timeline of topics and questions 3:00 – Future email updates 4:00 – Gratitude for support 4:50 – Yesterday’s visit – firefighters 5:25 – Cameron Peak Fire and Mullen Fire “We’re not out of the woods yet” 7:00 – “Nature is already beginning to reclaim and rebuild” 7:30 – The rebuilding of SMC 8:30 – Staff housing 9:30 – The finances of SMC 10:15 – Reopening 11:50 – Insurance – “insurance will not cover everything that is lost” 14:10 – What was lost and what survived (Kami Shrine, Tori Gate, MPE Kitchen are still there) 15:45  – What are the “legacy staff buildings?” Which are gone, which are still standing? 17:30  – Tent platforms 17:45  – General return to the land for staff – safety, finances, etc. 20:00  – Volunteer work 21:00  – Stupa art work – status and restoration 21:55  –  Opening for visitors and programs 22:50  – Security …

Walking the Edge: An Interview with Filmmaker Doug Karr

By Travis Newbill Second generation member of the Shambhala community Doug Karr has brought a marvelous film into the world recently, and we at Shambhala Mountain Center are excited to share the news that our own Executive Director Michael Gayner has helped the film along, serving as Executive Producer (he’s an executive kind of guy). And, in related delightful news, Doug has generously offered up one of his producer points from the film so that a portion of the film’s profits will go towards the Shambhala Mountain Center. (Thanks, Doug!) The film, titled Art Machine, tells the story of a child prodigy painter who must make the difficult transition into adulthood–as an artist and human being. Throughout the film, notions of sanity, inspiration, madness, dharma, fame, and love are explored in a fun and edgy way. Recently, Doug took some time to speak with us about the film, which you can purchase in iTunes by following this link: Click Here SMC: It seems that, in Western culture, art is not always seen to be an …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Wild and Dignified

  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. I-Ching toss last night–“stillness.” The image of a mountain–first hexagram. Second: progress. The image of the sun rising. Greg said: Taming the mind, meditative stillness, and waiting until the right moment to act. And, when I do, it will be effective. Something about the hexagram saying: Don’t allow your hips to become frozen. You’ve got to boogie. No cave-dwelling yogi life for you right now, Ngejung Tachok. And, be with the peeps. Being a leader, you’ve got to be with the peeps, not separate from them. You are a peep. Greg was giving me an I-Ching reading upstairs in the library, meanwhile downstairs in the shrine room, the Beastie Boys, dance party. Pounding electronic music. I’d been dancing then saw Greg in the hallway and asked for a reading. He’d given the ceremonial reading for SMC earlier …

SMC and ‘Art Machine’: A Conversation with Writer/Director Doug Karr

By Travis Newbill Second generation member of the Shambhala community Doug Karr has brought a marvelous film into the world recently, and we at Shambhala Mountain Center are excited to share the news that our own Executive Director Michael Gayner has helped the film along, serving as Executive Producer (he’s an executive kind of guy). And, in related delightful news, Doug has generously offered up one of his producer points from the film so that a portion of the film’s profits will go towards the Shambhala Mountain Center. The film, titled Art Machine, tells the story of a child prodigy painter who must make the difficult transition into adulthood–as an artist and human being. Throughout the film, notions of sanity, inspiration, madness, dharma, fame, and love are explored in a fun and edgy way. Recently, Doug took some time to speak with us about the film. You can watch our interview below, or scroll down to stream/download the audio. And, you can view and support this film in iTunes by following this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/art-machine/id794840957?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 If you’d …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Snow Beast Ezmerelda

  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. I have a tiny friend named Harrison Hood. And a big, funky friend named Ezmerelda. I want you to know them, so I write this blog.  Last night we watched a film called Art Machine at Dhyana–Kaleigh (my boss-homie) and Eric’s place. Director Gayer (aka Michael the supreme boss-homie of SMC) is the executive producer. I’m going to interview the writer/director (Doug Karr) in a couple of days and we’re going to help spread the word about the film, which was good. It’s about a kid artist growing into his adult version of himself. I knew that at some point he’d be taking psychedelics. A few nights ago we had a dinner party at Dhyana, and the dominant topic of conversation was consciousness and psychedelics (something’s in the air). I didn’t say much. I haven’t read too much about it. The …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Howdy/Vanishing

  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. Snowflakes vanish from palms in a soft flash. Thus have I heard: Once, Trungpa Rinpoche asked William S. Burroughs: “Why do you write?” Burroughs: “You’ve got to do something.” Yesterday, as planned, I spent most of the day practicing meditation to give some room to the explosions occurring in my chest and brain– Sparkle bombs. Love bombs. Confusion in confetti form and twinkles of smile-inspiration. Lots happening these days. Moments ago, at lunch, Z (my teacher) said: “You look more excited than afraid. That’s a good sign.” He also said: “You’re a surfer.” That’s true. I grew up surfing mediocre waves in Florida. Now I live at Shambhala Mountain Center. The waves here are not mediocre. ~~~ A couple of introductory notes (written in pencil on confetti): I started a blog back in November after taking a writing …

WATCH: Elephant Journal’s “Walk the Talk Show” Features SMC’s Michael Gayner

  Yesterday, Elephant Journal’s “Walk the Talk Show,” hosted by  Waylon Lewis, featured SMC Executive Director Michael Gayner.  In lively and huge-hearted conversation, the two longtime friends touched on some deep points about SMC life, land and vision. For those who missed the live broadcast, or would like to watch it again, we offer the recording below. May it inspire you on this final day of 2013!