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.

Upcoming Programs by Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

April 28–30, 2017

The Way of Shambhala I series of classes explores the experiences of contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom in everyday life, and culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional confidence. Historically, Rigdens were enlightened rulers—those who could rule their world based on […]

Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness in our Time

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 […]

Warrior Assembly

Also Acharya Arawana Hayashi

August 11–22, 2017

Warrior Assembly, the jewel of Shambhala Training and the culmination of the Sacred Path program, is a living teaching in creating enlightened society. Participants receive the transmission of advanced Shambhala warriorship practices and study the root text and commentary, The Golden Sun of the Great East. This text describes the principles and practice of Ashe, a […]

Warrior Assembly

Also Acharya Arawana Hayashi

August 11–22, 2017

  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please read these important details before registering: Participation: Participation in the entire Assembly is required. Payment: A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration. The full remaining balance is due on July 12th, 2017, 30 days prior to your arrival date. Cancellation Policy: This cancellation policy is for […]