The Western Mountain is an archive of work I made as a writer and videographer between 2004 and 2009. This work was an exploration, directly or indirectly, of the drala principle, a teaching introduced in the West by Chögyam Trungpa.
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VERTICAL TIME YOGA
- Bill Scheffel
K.O.S ENERGY - The Kingdom of Shambhala refers to a semi-mythical society that once existed in the Himalaya region of central Asia, an “enlightened society” that was based and organized on the principle of awake - that society could encourage and support the spiritual realization of every individual within it. Not that everyone was or would become enlightened or that the society was perfect, but that it’s constitution, so to speak, held this aim... read more.
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HOMAGE TO CAMBODIA - Below are selections of writing about Cambodia I made during my five trips there, taken between January 2005 and November 2007. I had the good fortune and indeed privilege to spend over four-hundred days in Cambodia, a country I fell immediately in love with and yet, simultaneously, was anxious to flee - my first visit was only seven days, a trip I cut short from a planned eleven... read more.
SELECTED TRAVEL WRITING - Between 2004 and 2007, I traveled around the world and then returned to Southeast Asia. Saw a dream of sleeping by the Adriatic Sea with a lousy pillow become the reality of nineteen days of wandering through Istanbul and Rome. Sold my house. Wanted little more in possessions than a small suitcase. Threw the I Ching and left a twelve-year teaching career, believing my life had become a search to understand a metaphor: The King introduces him to the Western Mountain... read more.
FILMS BY BILL SCHEFFEL
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
BY BILL SCHEFFEL
West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977, Including, Everywhere Present Yet Nowhere Visible: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dharma Art at the Naropa Institute by Bill Scheffel
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