Sunday Book Salon: Natural Bravery, by Gaylon Ferguson

with Jeffrey Slayton

August 12th—September 30th (2018)

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    Sunday drop-in after meditation hour 10am - 11am. No charge, donations appreciated!

    Listening only happens when there is enough space and stillness in the environment and enough space and stillness in the listener. This is why most of the classes we hold take place after an hour of meditation practice. There can often be a period of simple enjoyment of our world after silent sitting. We notice a person's face freshly. We hear a train whistle or bird song. We actually feel the wind.  

    Starting Sunday, August 12th, we are hosting a book salon in the hour following meditation practice. The book is Natural Bravery by Gaylon Ferguson. It is comprised of short chapters designed for contemplation. We can take turns listening to each other read from the book and discussing whatever piques our interest. Many people find meaningful conversation to be surprisingly nourishing. It is our hope that by engaging in an hour of meditation practice and an hour of conversation you can go back into your daily life with a sense of freshness, connection, and strength. 

    About Natural Bravery- Increasingly, we seem to live in a culture of fear, amid threats of terrorism, violence, environmental disasters, and distrust in our leaders. Fear and groundlessness are pervasive, but according to Buddhist teacher Gaylon Ferguson, it is the very potency of this fear that makes it such a powerful tool for personal and cultural transformation. Natural Bravery offers wise and pointed teachings for helping us to look at fear with immediacy and courage, and to engage with it as a path to transform ourselves—and the world. Walking this path, we learn to cultivate fearlessness and to connect more deeply with others and with the natural world.