Gaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson grew up on a farm in strictly segregated East Texas. After moving east to graduate from the Phillips Exeter Academy, he studied philosophy and psychology at Yale University. There, Gaylon encountered D.T. Suzuki who confirmed "that it's not possible to learn Buddhist meditation entirely from a book." He dropped his studies and took up work on a radical Catholic fruit farm near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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 The Naropa Institute, led a dathun at the now deceased Padma Jong, and finally 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. Last summer, he taught View and Practice of the Buddhadharma at the 1999 Vajradhatu Seminary.

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. Beginning in the fall of 2006, Gaylon will join the core faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa.

"Natural Wakefulness - Discovering the Wisdom We are Born With" with foreword by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
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Teaching Schedule

2014
Apr 7 - May 5 Boulder Mondays - Shambhala Lojong: The Practice of Compassion
July 3 - Aug 1 Karme Choling Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation


Past topics
Shambhala Training Levels
Natural Wakefulness
"Union of Shamatha & Vipashyana"
Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows
Awareness and Movement weekend program
"Four Foundations of Mindfulness"
 



Books

New "Natural Wakefulness - Discovering the Wisdom We are Born With" with foreword by Sakyong Mipham
"Making  Friends with Ourselves" (from the book Dharma, Color, and Culture) appears in the Best Buddhist Writing, 2005 edited by Melvin McLeod.
"No Color, All Colors," appears in Mindful Polititics  also edited by Melvin McLeod.