Between 2004 and 2011, I was able to devote much time to being an artist/traveler; primarily a writer of essays, travel writing, poetry and memoir, but also as a videographer, documentary filmmaker and photographer. Travel has also been a time of practice and retreat: devoting time to writing, meditation and other disciplines, then immersing myself in the daily life around me in countries including Cambodia, Turkey and France.

From 2007 to 2010 I saw my parents through their last years of life/death passages, and made a film about death and dying, Denise: Circle of Blessings.

Between 1993 and 2004 I taught my creative writing workshop, Chance, Synchronicity and Mind-writing, in Boulder, Colorado and in many cities throughout the U.S. I have taught meditation since 1977, including for thirty years though Shambhala Training and thirteen years, beginning in 1991, at Naropa University, where I also taught classes in poetry and creative non-fiction. During the 1980s I worked variously as a computer consultant, technical writer and certified public accountant.

In 1976 I met my spiritual teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who has been the inspiration for everything expressed on this website, including my film Cambodia: Lord Mukpo's Dream Time.

I was born near San Francisco in 1954, and grew up in South Lake Tahoe, California, a resort town bordered by gambling casinos and built on the shores of one of the bluest, largest, purest, and deepest bodies of fresh water in the world.

Bill Scheffel



Stray Dog Productions

All writing and photographs
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Street Musicians of Istanbul


A homage to various street musicians I came upon during countless walks along Istiklal Cadessi, the historic and perpetually popular grand boulevard of Beyoğlu district, Istanbul.


Detail fr. Allegory, by Piero De Cosima, c. 1500.
National Gallery of Art. Washington DC

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Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public; that's what the poet does. - Allen Ginsberg

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I Ching and the
Human body 2016

An On-line Class
with Bill Scheffel

Beginning in Spring 2016


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Denise: Circle of Blessing


Denise: Circle of Blessing is a 60 minute documentary about the last three months of Denise Thornton's life. At age 49, Denise was diagnosed with stage-four, metastasized cancer. During the remaining three years of her life, Denise not only defied her initial prognosis of six months to live, but embraced her illness as a spiritual path and as a way of sharing her life with others. A brave and charismatic woman, Denise was a unique individual with much to teach us about our own lives and death. Watch the entire film online.

Chögyam Trungpa Video Legacy


This page hosts video tributes to Chögyam Trungpa, interviews and short documentaries I've made on my travels, as I've had the opportunity to meet with teachers or fellow students who knew him and generously shared their time with me. Go to page ~



Cambodia: Lord Mukpo's
Dream Time


I produced this film in 2007 following a series of life changing trips to Cambodia. It is an homage to the country and a devotional tribute to Chögyam Trungpa - or Lord Mukpo - whose Shambhala teachings I found reflected in the culture of Cambodia. View the entire film online.

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This website shares my work as a writer and videographer and also the classes I teach in creative writing and the I Ching. Thank you for visiting. ~ Bill Scheffel

New on this website: Denise:Circle of Blessing can now be viewed in its entirety online.

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