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Smile at Fear: Warriorship in the Three Yanas with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Friday, March 24 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, March 26 @ 6:00 pm

March 24th—March 26th

Fri March 24th: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sat March 25th: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun March 26th: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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 actually look at fear.
Then fear ceases to be the dominant situation
that is going to defeat you.
Fear can be conquered.
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


We welcome Achaya Gaylon Ferguson back to Portland for the first time in two years.

Join us for a stimulating weekend of teaching and practice.  Acharya Ferguson will teach on the intersection of Shambhala’s 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 the yanas—the Narrow Path, the Open Way, and the Tantric path—as they are practiced within Shambhala.  Practitioners of all levels will have the opportunity to expand their understanding of these basic Buddhist approaches and contemplate their applications in practices such as Tonglen and Shambhala Meditation and teachings such as the Heart Sutra and the Sadhana of Mahamudra.

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

* Yana means vehicle, a method of spiritual practice in Buddhism.

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”.

A note about our generosity policy: we offer a tiered pricing system in order to invite program participants to offer the most generous amount their situation allows.  The General Price reflects our actual costs for putting on programs.  The Patron Price invites generosity from those who are able to offer more, in support of all to attend. Our Generosity Policy expresses our commitment to make our programs available to all regardless of what one can pay.  You can find out more on our website. 

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

Mahasangha Event

Member Group: Portland Shambhala Meditation Center

Abbey Pleviak
Phone: 503-231-4971
Email: hello@portland.shamhala.org

Region: Portland, OR, WA

Start: Friday, March 24 @ 7:00 pm
End: Sunday, March 26 @ 6:00 pm

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Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland
1110 SE Alder Street Suite 204
Portland, OR, Washington 97214 United States
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Phone: 503-231-4971

Tradition: Shambhala Lineage
Teacher: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Cost: $165 - $185