All posts tagged: Mr. Cushman

Floral Notes and Bardo: Love is a BOOM

  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. A thousand things we can’t see, in our tea-cup, and yet our reflection on the surface–warm, cooling, gone. Mr. Cushman sent out a homework assignment for Joy class— Question 1. Contrast “awakened heart” and “love” On my way up to the Stupa yesterday afternoon to do chores, I let the question bounce around and eventually said to myself: Love is a more complete exhalation Awakened heart is a spark, love is a fire Awakened heart is a pop, love is a BOOM Awakened heart is a nod, love is surrender ~~~ I have felt myself become a bit slack in my Dekyong duty recently. This weekend I’m participating in a program called The Six Ways of Ruling, which will be lead by Richard Reoch, the President of Shambhala. I had the honor of interviewing him about the teachings …

Floral Notes and Bardo: NBD

  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. Pony kicking around in a big pool of honey, undisturbed, and trapped–in its own dream, sweet. NO BIG DEAL Last night we began a course called Joy in Everyday Life with David Cushman. He sat in a chair like he was in his den–with slippers and a glass of diet root beer, which he says, again and again, “is actually quite delicious, taste-wise.” He gave a great talk, and it cracked me up more than once. I know the guy. We’re pretty close. We’re friends. And, he’s a great, experienced teacher. He was a student of Trungpa Rinpoche. He’s been around for a good while–deep practitioner. Lots of wisdom. And a total, loveable, goofball. Cushman makes dharma fun, and he is also not full of shit–maybe a bit crazy. Good-crazy. These are my opinions. I’m glad to be taking …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Magic of Many Varieties

  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. Fire-hose full of Kool-Aid blasting tranquility and simplicity into a bouquet of happy madness– landing on a bed with plush animals–hearing a bedtime story Wake up to blood-orange sky, late in the morning crushed ideas becoming sunsets, watching, surrendered to larger-than-my-thoughts ART On a flesh canvass, a wink at my foolishness. A wink of understanding between fools–friendship. Heather and I seeing each other through binoculars in the Stupa after community practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra, which Trungpa Rinpoche received in a cave in Bhutan and offered to contemporary world even though/because it’s crazy and blows brains and delusion into indestructible magic-music. Gathered in the Stupa–friends become vapor-dharma-heat. Full moon above. Later, sake with Mr. Cushman and a few fellows–discussion of SMC adventure (that’s my attitude). I jumped out of the conversation in order to make my 9:30 lullaby …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Beeswax n’ Butterfly Crown

  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. Gum too big to chew Fruity truth in my vicinity I taste the absence. I blow bubbles all day. I feel speckles of wakeful spit in every po po pop POP Heather presented me with a beeswax n’ butterfly crown. My Head Dekyong crown. After dinner I had a lil’ evening visit with Mr. Cushman, a friend and teacher.– wine and discussion of the Hinayana, Shambhala, and…the Dekyong thing. The Dekyong thing: The Dekyong is the head of a Delek. Deleks are small groups of people within the community. The idea is that these people care for one another and develop friendships, relationships. The Delek system also serves as a way for communication to flow through the community. The Dekyong is the leader of each group, putting effort into cultivating a caring, enjoyable situation for all involved. I …