“A Place Where Decency Can Arise.” Waylon talks with Dir. Michael Gayner at Shambhala Mountain. {Video}

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on Dec 27, 2013
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 Walk the Talk Show With Waylon Lewis:

“We are learning to host a place where decency can arise.”
~Michael Gayner, Executive Director, Shambhala Mountain Center

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One Take With Waylon Lewis & Michael Gayner:
While on “retreat” (working only 12 hours a day), Walk the Talk Show host Waylon Lewis sits down with longtime sangha friend Michael Gayner—Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center—to talk about life on a 600+ acre center settled in the Rocky Mountains. Meditation. Buddhism. Practice. Intention, and infusing “the moment with mindfulness and compassion” to begin to change the world.

Learn more about Shambhala Mountain Center, visit shambhalamountain.org 

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Shambhala has been named a top ten Buddhist retreat in the US, it’s a beautiful Buddhist center on 700 acres in the Rocky Mountains that’s open to all kinds of programs, all year long.

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5 Responses to ““A Place Where Decency Can Arise.” Waylon talks with Dir. Michael Gayner at Shambhala Mountain. {Video}”

  1. Linda V. Lewis says:

    I know I'm biased, but good interview, Michael and Waylon! Very informative. I appreciate the welcoming theme, that even visitors can just come up to SMC and visit the Stupa of Dharmakaya, etc. And the welcoming theme extended to what seemed like an open invitation to various instructors from dharma to yoga to almost anything.
    But I do have some questions, because of living here in the Maritimes of Canada, and not having been back to SMC for many, many years. To an "old dog" it sounds like SMC is becoming more of a convention center, hosting more conventional programs. Is this true? Or did the interview just emphasize the more public and introductory programs because that was the target audience? Are there any programs that connect with Naropa University? I remember Maitri used to take place at SMC.
    So the welcoming theme is quite vast, but for profound buddhadharma, I know you still have some "advanced" programs for deep practice–are they the main source of your donor support? Do you also host visiting buddhadharma teachers from outside Shambhala?
    I'll be interested in being updated–by Waylon, noble son, or by Michael. Thanks, and bravo for introducing and reintroducing me and so many others to SMC!

  2. Thanks for your kind words and questions Linda and happy new year to boot!

    The interview was somewhat aimed at folks who aren't familiar with SMC, as well as old friends and sangha who have been coming here since I was about 9 years old. We definitely want to build communities of affinity – in essence, connecting with people who want to be of benefit and providing a place where a wide range of programs can be hosted. We host the full range of Shambhala programs as well as dharma teachers from other lineages. For example, in 2013 we hosted Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Wangyal Rinpoche and Tsultrim Allinone. Naropa and SMC are cousins, so to speak, and we continue to host the Naropa Maitri program multiple times each year as well as other programs and are exploring more connections.

    Our donor base is still largely from the Shambhala community, and we're hoping to expand that through inspiring people with the reality of how SMC can be such a support for powerful healing and change in the world, through both our Shambhala path programs as well as the range of other offerings.

    As a note at the end, I think I read a concern from you in regard to perhaps an indiscriminate convention center approach where anyone can rent SMC. That's not the case as there are times where we feel it's not a good fit for a given program. I do try to err on the side of social and ecumenical openness and respect, and even if the fit doesn't feel right, it's not that we're judging, but more considering what synergies can arise.

    Please let me know if there are other questions, and thanks for bringing these up.

    Love to you from the mountains Linda,


  3. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Wonderful and satisfying response Michael! And Bravo! I know it's very challenging work! Thank you for updating me and filling me in with the full range–vast and profound–teachings at SMC!

  4. Greg Smith says:

    Thanks for this Waylon. It was lovely to see you here and to host you and the others in my cabin by the stupa. I want to share a video of the final event in the series of Resounding the Profound Treasury – readings from the newly published collection of teachings of Chogyam Trungpa – which took place at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya on Jan. 11. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKryoZq6OVw

  5. princessmntwmn says:

    Michael raynor,

    Director of the mountain center shambala,

    Why did the face of the dharmakaya
    Look like princesss mountain woman?
    You changed the face of the dharmakaya.
    Why dont you give princess mountan woman
    Acknowledgement for her enlighhtenment?
    Princess mountain womaan