Natural Bravery: Awakening from the Culture of Fear, with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

New York City  

June 15, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

We live in a time of increasingly pervasive fear: fear of ourselves, fear of others, fear of fear itself. Since the devastating events of 9/11, our society has faced the ongoing threat of terrorism, the financial meltdown of 2008, natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the public gun violence of 2012. From personal anxiety to worries about the global impact of climate change, we project a culture of fear. Buddhist meditation traditions invite us to explore fear as a gateway into fearlessness, our natural state of courage and compassion. Bodhisattvas are essentially beings brave enough to transcend the cowardice of aggression by choosing to act from courageous kindness.

The day will offer opportunities for practicing embodied mindfulness alongside group contemplative exercises focusing on the direct experience of fear and fearlessness. There will be short talks followed by question-and-answer sessions, as well as conversational dialogues to increase our capacity for deeper empathetic listening. This is the basis for creating communities of courage.

About the Instructor: Gaylon Ferguson is an acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Are Born With, he has led meditation retreats for over 30 years. He is a core faculty member at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. His essay “Making Friends with Ourselves,” from the pioneering collection Dharma, Color, and Culture, was selected for The Best Buddhist Writing series.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
Natural Bravery, with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •