Smile at Fear: Warriorship in the Three Yanas

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

March 24th—March 26th

Date details +
  • $165 General
  • $185 Patron
Room: Main Shrine Room

"When you are frightened by something, you have to relate with fear, explore why you are frightened, and develop some sense of conviction...You can be free from fear, if you realize that fear is not the ogre. You can step on fear, and therefore you can attain what is known as fearlessness. But that requires that, when you see fear, you smile."                                                           Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

                                      Open to All- Registration by 3/12 highly encouraged

It is also possible to just attend the Friday Night Talk of the weekend.  

Register here for just Friday night: "Bravery in Times of Great Fear"

We welcome Acharya Gaylon Ferguson back to Portland for this very special program!

Acharya Ferguson will show the intersection of the Shambhala teachings on fearlessness and warriorship with traditional Buddhist practices from each of the three yanas: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.* 

We’ll explore the perspectives of each yana—the Narrow Path, the Open Way, and the Tantric path—as they are practiced within Shambhala.  Practitioners of all levels will expand their understanding of these fundamental aspects of the Buddhist path through practices such as Tonglen (compassion practice) and Shambhala Meditation, and teachings related to the Heart Sutra and the Sadhana of Mahamudra.

Acharya Ferguson will draw on a seminar originally presented by the Dorje Dradul, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, at Shambhala Mountain Center.

* Yana means vehicle, a method of spiritual practice in Buddhism, and refers to the three major bodies of teachings given by the Buddha.

Gaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson is a faculty member in both Religious Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado. He is an acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist community. After studying meditation and Buddhist philosophy with Tibetan master Chögyam Trungpa in the 1970s and 1980s, Ferguson became a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria and completed a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology at Stanford University. After several years of teaching cultural anthropology at the University of Washington, he became teacher-in-residence at Karmê Chöling Buddhist Retreat Center, through 2005, when he joined the faculty of Naropa University. He continues to study meditation under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He is the author of two books, "Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With" and "Natural Bravery: Awakening from the Culture of Fear".

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If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Abbey Pleviak .