The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

April 13–15, 2018

Tuition $150 + 2 nights

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive weekend workshop helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation and begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. This program is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.


You will receive a copy of Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Tentative Program Schedule

(Schedule is subject to change.)

Friday
2 pm – 5 pm: Registration and settling in
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Dinner
7:45 pm – 9:15 pm: Orientation, Welcome Talk
10:30 pm Sleep well…

Saturday
7:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Teachings, meditation instruction, and meditation
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Meditation and short one-on-one meditation meetings
4:30 pm – 5 pm: Tea snack
5 pm – 6:30 pm: Meditation and teachings
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Dinner
7:45 pm – 9:30 pm: Q&A and discussion groups
10:30 pm: Sleep well…

Sunday
7:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
9 am – 10:15 am: Meditation
10:15 am – 11 am: Discussion groups
11 am – 11:15 am: Meditation
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Teachings and Q&A
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Celebratory lunch

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is Core Faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He received a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford where he was a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria. He is the author of two books: Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening  (2016), Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. He has led group retreats in mindfulness-awareness meditation for 40 years. He is an Acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala lineage of compassionate bravery as taught by Tibetan Buddhist social visionaries Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. His essay “Buddhism and The Politics of Race” appeared in the collection Mindful Politics. His article “Making Friends with Ourselves,” from Dharma, Color, and Culture was selected for inclusion in the series The Best Buddhist Writing.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.