Program Details

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level V


with Gaylon Ferguson
January 14 / 4:00 PM - January 16 / 5:00 PM

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment.


This is the fourth weekend retreat of the Way of Shambhala path of training.


Dates & times: (all times Victoria/west coast time zone)

Friday, January 14th, 2022 (4:00-5:30pm)
Saturday, January 15th, 2022 (8:00am-5:00pm)
Sunday, January 16th, 2022 (8:00am-5:00pm)

 

Teacher : Gaylon Ferguson

Please register below to participate in this program

 


Heart of Warriorship 


Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.


For more information about this series, go here


About Gaylon Ferguson


Soon after reading Meditation in Action, Gaylon heard the Vidyadhara teach several summer seminars in Vermont. In 1973, after giving a “particularly panic-stricken and disorganized ” open house talk, Gaylon joined Tail of the Tiger Buddhist Community (now Karme Choling) where he worked in the garden, set the tractor on fire, and took people into retreat. After attending the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary, Gaylon taught briefly at Naropa Institute, led a dathun at the now deceased Padma Jong, and then returned to Karme Choling, first as a staff member in the practice and study department, and then as Executive Co-director. In 1979, Gaylon journeyed west again to serve as teacher-in-residence for the Berkeley Dharmadhatu and in 1983, he joined the Office of Three Yana Studies in Boulder.


Gaylon returned to Yale in 1987 to finish his undergraduate degree, this time in African Studies. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria and completed a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology at Stanford University two years later. After several years teaching cultural anthropology at the University of Washington, Gaylon moved to Karme Choling as teacher in residence through 2005. For the Spring Semester of 2006, Acharya Ferguson was Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Naropa University. His article, “Making Friends with Ourselves” (from the collection Dharma, Color, and Culture) was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist writing: 2005. In the fall of 2006, Gaylon joined the core faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa.  He is the author of  “Natural Wakefulness – Discovering the Wisdom We are Born With”.


Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level IV



Suggested reading: Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chögyam Trungpa. This book is available for purchase in the Victoria Shambhala Centre’s bookstore.


Pricing and generosity: We have a Generosity Policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the “program price” is an obstacle for you, please consider paying the “reduced price”. If you are unable to afford the reduced price, you may “pay what you can afford”; to arrange for this, please register in advance via the button below, entering the amount you can afford. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full program price.


Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

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