All posts tagged: Tea

Floral Notes and Bardo: Eight of Us, Fine Tea, Jazz (and Later Dub)

By Travis Newbill 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. Reflective ribbons on a passing train, a small one, which runs on imagined tracks through my forest hometown — a bit of a town — a bit of an echo, over and over, and the humble drummer plays along. We had a lovely gathering at the Nubble Nest on Saturday afternoon — eight of us, fine tea, jazz (and later dub) through the small speakers, and small booklets full of big wishes.  Some frustration because it’s not always so easy to have big dreams. We reflected on 2014 and looked ahead to 2015.  It was fun, though I didn’t go too deep.  I was enjoying pouring tea, and I made a quik ikebana (Greg Smith calls it “quikebana”) with some flowers that Anna brought over.  I ate plenty of chocolate and I made some aspirations …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Thank You, Catfish

  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. They’ll gallop beyond their bodies… Bones in a meadow, scattered, vultures have eaten well.   The above picture was drawn by Catfish, who was visiting for the weekend. He also gave me a 200 year old Japanese tea pot. It spent about 100 years in the mud by a river, I’m told. Wow… ~~~ A refreshingly warm morning, walk to the Stupa, pausing, gazing at a big sky, all was so quiet. “Open your territory completely, let go of everything.” —CTR Contemplating the suffering in the world and giving away all delight–the glow deepened. Everything so rich, cool, fresh. A long, beautiful practice session in the Stupa. Afternoon spent in conversation. Too much talking. Another hour on the cushion before dinner, then Joni Mitchell in the headphones for a while, and then some time with Heather. She was at …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Golden Sky, Level 1.5

  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. Sun/torch brought close to buzzing fly–not to fry the lil’ baby, but to remind it of eventual disintegration. Golden water will vanish, and also: butterflies. Not so scared of tumbling into the dream. Time spent with sky and sparkling snow, and emotions, my friends and Teacher Steve. I was a helper for Shambhala Training Level I last weekend. Two years after I first took the program with David and Ethan Nichtern in NYC. It was a wonderful experience–again. After a full weekend–full heart, full of meditation, and awakening-moments, a walk around with friends up to my little house for a tea party. Then hiking back down–gazing 360 with amazement at the sunset. A lovely nap/sweet cuddle. Barely made dinner and heard about a party. Across the land again, now stars out–baffling. And giddy to be walking with this …

Floral Notes and Bardo: Slow-down Practice (Slow Down, Practice)

  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. So much happening these days–all days, always in my mind, body, office, and in the general atmosphere. So many ideas about the path forward–business-wise, community-wise, and personally. I am feeling more and more one with this organization. My sleep has not been so restful. Maybe too much tea too late in the day. But also, for sure, activated imagination. So much energy to process. It’s challenging. I’m glad for it. There is a lot to do. There is a lot of work to do. The is a lot of art to do. There is a lot of caring to do. –On this planet. In this day and age. I’m learning how to do that. There are teachers here who are helpful. The whole life here– here = SMC; but also, here = HERE but, especially SMC (for …