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Waking up to Whiteness: An Essential Dharma Class Series

  • June 20, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Durango Dharma Center
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The fee for this class series is based on a sliding scale. Your generosity supports the work of the Durango Dharma Center and a robust financial assistance program that allows all who are interested in the teachings of the Buddha to attend our programs.
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Decolonizing your mind: waking up to whiteness on your dharma path

An Essential Dharma Class Series with Erin Treat

June 20, July 5 & 18, August 1, 22 & 29 
 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Last fall, a small group of experienced meditators came together for a deep examination of racism and the construct of whiteness led by Resident Dharma Teacher Erin Treat. After the success and popularity of the course, the Dharma Center is now offering a similar six-part class series that will be open to a wider group of people who are interested and devoted to decolonizing their minds. 

In a kind and supportive environment of no more than 35 committed practitioners, we will explore our personal experience of race through meditation, inquiry, and small-group engagement. We will also study historical and institutional racism through talks, readings and other media and reflect on the ways in which the system of white supremacy harms us all. This class series is designed to guide white folks into a deeper personal relationship with the practice of decolonizing racism, including compassionate examination of our own white fragility. 

This can feel like edgy territory for each of us, but the challenge is also a unique opportunity for deep dharma practice. As we understand the impact and construct of whiteness in today's world, it is possible to find unprecedented compassion, connection and freedom. This liberating exploration is also a direct way that we can participate in making our dharma communities more diverse and truly welcoming for all who seek the teachings of the dharma.

Because space is limited to 35 people, we recommend that you register early. In order to maintain the container of the group, we strongly encourage participants to commit to attending all six class sessions and request that they commit to a minimum of four. 

***Prerequisites: Participants are required to have watched the PBS film series “Race - The Power of an Illusion” before the first class. All three episodes are available to rent for $4.99 for the whole series or $2.99 per episode at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/race. We also ask that you read the two-page article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” by Peggy McIntosh, prior to the first class. Reading the book Waking Up White, by Debby Irving, is very highly recommended but not required.

Fees: Sliding scale, $50, $70, $90. Financial assistance is readily available by contacting Terry Leonard at tleonard@frontier.net or 970-799-0084. Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center. This class is offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. At the end of each class there will be an opportunity to offer a donation to the teacher.

Venue: Durango Dharma Center, 1800 East 3rd Avenue

Register: Please register online on the upper left section of this page. You can also download a registration form and send your check (payable to Durango Dharma Center) to Terry Leonard, 1414 Ridge Road, Durango, CO 81303. 

Questions: Please contact Terry Leonard at tleonard@frontier.net or 970-799-0084. 

For more information about Erin Treat, click here. 


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