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Awakening Joy: A Weekend Retreat with James Baraz

  • October 26, 2018
  • 6:30 PM
  • October 28, 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Durango Dharma Center


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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Awakening Joy

A non-residential weekend retreat with James Baraz

Friday, October 26, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

True happiness is not about acquisition but rather opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you. Today, as we are bombarded with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world, more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as a central aspect of spiritual practice. We need to remember how to stay connected to that place inside that makes life worth living. Then our own wellbeing and joy can become gifts to a troubled world.   

This retreat will offer instructions on developing mindfulness and loving-kindness with an emphasis on the Buddha’s teaching to cultivate wholesome states. The schedule will include silent sitting meditation, walking meditation and dharma talks. This is an excellent opportunity for both those new to retreat practice as well as experienced practitioners. 

The retreat will be held Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The Friday evening program will be open to the entire community, including those who haven’t yet registered for the retreat, on the basis of dana, or mutual generosity. We invite you to join us for this special opportunity to practice with James Baraz. 

COST: Cost for the retreat is on a sliding scale of $100-$200. Scholarships are readily available by contacting Terry Leonard at 970-799-0084 or 50tleonard@gmail.com. 

Your registration fee supports the Durango Dharma Center. Our programs are 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 the retreat, there will be an opportunity to offer a donation to the teacher.

REGISTER: Register online here (see upper left corner) or download a mail-in registration form. Please mail check payable to the Durango Dharma Center and send to Terry Leonard, 1414 Ridge Road, Durango, CO 81303

VENUE: Durango Dharma Center, 1800 East 3rd Avenue, Suite 109

STAY: Home stays are available for out-of-town retreat participants. Please contact Terry Leonard (contact info below) for more information. 

QUESTIONS: Please contact Cindy Dunbar at d2@ekiva.net or 970-749-8070 or Terry Leonard at 50tleonard@gmail.com or 970-799-0084. 

ABOUT THE TEACHER: James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. James started the Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta Network, helped create the Heavenly Messengers Training Program and is teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family program. James has been leading the online course Awakening Joy for the past decade. He serves an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to climate change. He is co-author of Awakening Joy and Awakening Joy for Kids.

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