Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness in our Time
Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
June 9–11, 2017
We live in fearful times. Since the violent events of 9/11, we have seen the arising of the culture and politics of fear. This retreat will explore four distinct kinds of fear that are common to everyone’s experience and uncover a corresponding bravery in action. Through the practices of meditation, compassion and dialog we will find the deep source of courage within ourselves that allows us to see our own inherent goodness and the goodness of others and our communities. We will learn a step-by-step approach to engaging fear as a direct path of transformation with the aim of wise and joyful living, in deep harmony with others and the natural world.
- We will explore four types of fear – fear of ourselves, fear of others, fear of space, and fear of manifesting creatively – and the corresponding bravery that arises.
- By engaging in meditative practices, we will experience the bravery of feeling our own vulnerability as human beings and cultivate fearlessness.
- Extending ourselves to others– those like and unlike ourselves– involves daring, being brave enough to feel the fundamental goodness of others.
- Through practices of embodied presence, compassion, and dialogue, we will discover the courage to manifest and catalyze the wisdom inherent in any group, organization, and community,
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), and 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 Buddhist lineage. 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.