All posts tagged: Six Ways of Ruling

Floral Notes and Bardo: Stew in Space, and…How to Rule?

  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. Clapping muscles. Fangs into popsicle–shock like a bell, breastbone. Dirt in mid air–my dirt, your dirt, our dirt. Tears, mud. How else would we know this stuff but to care enough to tumble together? ~~~ President Reoch leading a fireside chat. Everything that happens here, happens in a big way. Little things happen in big ways. It can be like throwing a dart at a barn, or being bit by a pterodactyl (rather than a mosquito). Last weekend, President Reoch lead The Six Ways of Ruling. Amazing teacher, amazing teachings on leadership from the Shambhala tradition. To begin with–leading one’s life. My life is like a stew and I don’t feel like I’m holding the bowl or spoon. I may be the steam rising off the top, or a slice of potato. It’s a rich stew–dharma practice, romance, work, and a …

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 …