Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, has led group mindfulness-awareness meditation retreats since 1976. He has a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford and has taught Religious Studies for 15 years at Naropa University. He is the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With and Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as Path to Awakening, and contributed the foreword to Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom.