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Dec 06
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Father as Ancestor

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Bill Scheffel reflects on both the passing of his father and the Shambhala teachings of Chogyam Trungpa (whom Bill refers to as “Lord Mukpo”, his family name and the name he often used when teaching Shambhala Training). This essay and collection of poems was inspired by the anniversary of his father’s death, extended periods of time Bill spent in Cambodia between 2004 and 2007, and his connection with Trungpa Rinpoche. It is part contemplation, part travel writing, and also an homage to lineage.

Originally published on The Drala Principle, all photos are courtesy of Bill Scheffel.

Chogyam Trungpa, or Lord Mukpo, is my spiritual father or root teacher. My own father, William S. Scheffel, died exactly one year ago, on August 2nd. In the memory and living presence of both of my fathers, I offer the following prose poems, poems I wrote in three different countries and in three different years. The pieces are not about my fathers per se, but about their imprint, their echo, their request.

Faith

Unconditional faith is not something to believe in but something to know. It is not forcing myself to believe but encountering something believable, something undeniable, something innate. The encounter itself is intangible, a substance I cannot collect, bring home, or experiment on. I cannot prove its existence or even that it happened. Faith is packaged intangibility as terrain, an invisible homeland we emerged from, or once crossed over, or slept on for a night – that continues to exist as a spiritual echo or postcard.
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Without Beginning or End, Part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 28, 2017 by CGH
Without Beginning or End, Part 1

Without Beginning or End, Part 1 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 26, 2017 by CGH
The Hill of Hua-Tzu

The Hill of Hua-Tzu – HIGHLIGHT

Commentary on a poem expressing deep wisdom and compassion by Noel McLellan Hua-Tzu Hill Wang: The birds fly away into infinite space: Over the whole mountain returns the splendour of autumn. Ascending and descending Hua-tzu hill, I feel unbounded bewilderment and lamentation. P’ei:    The sun sets, The wind rises among the pines. Returning home, there is a little dew upon ... continue
Posted June 20, 2017 by CGH
Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted May 27, 2017 by CGH
Poetry Space – Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Runners Up

Poetry Space – Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Runners Up – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 11, 2017 by
The Need to Feel

The Need to Feel – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted March 15, 2017 by CGH
2017 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest

2017 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted March 1, 2017 by
Heart to Heart Writing

Heart to Heart Writing – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted February 3, 2017 by CGH
Tiger Dancing with Flowers

Tiger Dancing with Flowers – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 26, 2017 by CGH
Poetry Space for Winter 2017

Poetry Space for Winter 2017 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 18, 2017 by
Shambhala Day Poetry Contest 2017

Shambhala Day Poetry Contest 2017 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 14, 2017 by
Midwinter Dawn Haiku

Midwinter Dawn Haiku – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 4, 2017 by CGH
The Impulse to Reach Out

The Impulse to Reach Out – HIGHLIGHT

A songwriter’s memoir reveals connections between Dharma Art and the creative work of a punk/rock musician by Michelle Welch I love finding Buddhist themes in unexpected places, most often in books that are otherwise unrelated to Buddhism. Recently I read The Art of Asking, a memoir by rock/punk singer ... continue
Posted December 27, 2016 by CGH
Celebrating the Arts

Celebrating the Arts – HIGHLIGHT

Naming and sharing the art that inspires you on the path by Carol Henderson As I drove to work one morning this week, fall colors in the woods on either side, and a silver glimmer bright on the lake beyond, I did what I often do behind the ... continue
Posted November 2, 2016 by CGH
The Play Itself to See

The Play Itself to See – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 1, 2016 by CGH

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