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    • June 02, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Durango Dharma Center

    DDC PEOPLE OF COLOR SANGHA

    A Group for Practitioners of Color

    Led by yong oh

    Next Meeting: Sunday, June 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    The DDC People of Color Sangha is a new group at the Dharma Center that welcomes anyone identifying as a person of color to gather together in sanghaSangha is the ancient Pali word for community—community connected by a shared intention to explore and deepen in the Buddhist-based practices of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.  

    During our meetings, we will meditate together followed by dharma discussion facilitated by Yong Oh, a community dharma leader and retreat teacher in training. By practicing together and honoring our shared experience in a safe and welcoming space, we have the opportunity to cultivate this spiritual path and explore how these powerful teachings of the heart relate to our everyday lives and lived experience.  

    Whether you are new to meditation or are an established practitioner of color looking for community support in your practice, you are invited to join our monthly drop-in group, which will take place on select Sunday evenings. 

    Upcoming meetings: 

    Sunday, June 2 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, July 14  from 6:00 – 7:30 pm 

    Questions: Please contact Yong Oh at yongoh.practice@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for the email list. 

    About Yong Oh: Yong Oh entered the Buddhist path through Soto Zen and now practices mainly within the insight meditation tradition. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock's two-year Community Dharma Leaders program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Retreat Teacher Training program as well as the Sacred Mountain Sangha Dharmapala Training with his teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara. He has co-led the Chattanooga Insight Meditation group, formerly served as a board member for the Southern Dharma Retreat Center, and is currently on the Leadership Council for Sacred Mountain Sangha. Yong is also an acupuncturist, loves the outdoors and bringing the practice of meditation into nature, and aspires to support practitioners of color in the dharma. 

    Cost: There is no fee for this group and there is no need to register. Just show up! The group is offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. There will be an opportunity to offer a donation to Yong Oh in the baskets by the door to the meditation hall. 

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

    • June 08, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Durango Dharma Center
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    Ally Your Heart

    A Noble Path for Community, Intimacy, and Peace

    A DAYLONG RETREAT WITH Dawn Haney

    Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    As the chaos of the world thickens—climate change, hate-inspired shootings, increased conflict—we make peace not by avoiding tension, but by turning toward our difficulties and strengthening our liberation practices. How do we show up with presence and compassion for everyone in our communities, including ourselves? How do we ally our hearts with people who have both similar and different experiences?

    During this daylong retreat, we will explore mindfulness and the Buddha’s teachings on the Noble Eightfold Path through meditation, dharma reflections, and relational practices, such as small-group sharing. This daylong is suitable for both beginning meditators and those who have practiced for many years. 

    During our time together, we will also explore how we can become mindful of our own conditioned responses in community. How do we foster intimacy by leaning into realness, vulnerability, and conflict? How do we recognize and repair historical traumas and build communities of belonging that offer reconciliation and refuge? The Buddha’s guidance on ethics, meditation, and wisdom can nourish our community practice for liberation. 

    COST: The cost of the retreat is on a sliding scale of $25-$45. Scholarships are readily available. You may choose to pay $12 or $0 through our online system. If you wish to pay another amount, please contact Terry Leonard at 50tleonard@gmail.com or 970-799-0084. We invite you to pay at the highest level you can afford so that all who seek the teachings may participate. 

    Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center. This retreat 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 the retreat there will be an opportunity to offer a donation to Dawn Haney.

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

    REGISTER: Register online—please see upper left corner of this page. 

    ABOUT DAWN HANEY: A former Durango resident, Dawn Haney is now the co-director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in the Bay Area. Since joining the BPF team in July 2011, Dawn has been the organization's architect for change, strengthening Buddhist-informed activism in social movements from Occupy to racial and environmental justice. 

    During her previous tenure as executive director of Sexual Assault Services Organization in Durango, her proudest achievements included reaching ambitious fundraising goals to expand services for survivors and build a new community organizing program focused on building power in immigrant communities to fight sexual violence. She has also brought her Masters in Public Health to work at Human Impact Partners, supporting their organizational shift to bring the power of public health to social movements.

    After years of reading Buddhists like Pema Chödron and Thich Nhat Hanh, Dawn’s social justice work brought her to the meditation cushion with a desire to be stronger and more resilient in her work to heal trauma and oppression. Dawn is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders training program, and serves as a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California.

     

    • June 18, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Durango Dharma Center
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    Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

    A Four-Week Class with Bill Ball

    Tuesdays starting June 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm

    Practicing meditation brings a new sense of calm into our lives, creating greater ease and less reactivity in the face of life's stresses and challenges. Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation in this four-week introductory class series, which will include talks, discussions, guided meditations, and homework. The class, led by Bill Ball, is open to new as well as experienced meditators looking for a refresher. We wholeheartedly welcome people of all identities to participate. 

    COST: The cost of the class is on a sliding scale of $20, $40 or $60. Scholarships are readily available. You may choose to pay $10 or $0 through our online system. If you wish to pay another amount, please contact Terry Leonard at 50tleonard@gmail.com or 970-799-0084. We invite you to pay at the highest level you can afford so that all who seek the teachings may participate. 

    An important note: Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center but do not go directly to the leader of the class. Instead, this class is offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. Those offering the teachings rely on the generosity and donations of participants to support their valuable work in this world. The suggested donation is $40-$60 for the whole series, which can be offered at any time. 

    DATES: June 18, June 25, July 2 and July 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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

    REGISTER: Please register online—see upper left corner of this page. 

    ABOUT BILL BALL: For more information about Bill Ball, please click here


    • June 26, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Durango Dharma Center
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    Conscious Parenting

    A Class with Maureen Fallon-Cyr

    Wednesdays from June 26 to July 31, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    In this course, we’ll discover what it means to be a conscious parent or caretaker of children, exploring the unique opportunities for awakening with precious young beings. In support of our practice, we’ll also discuss child development and normal expectations for each age group (0 – 21) as well as problem-solving techniques.

    During our meetings, there will be readings, guided meditations, information on child development, small group discussions and time for questions and answers. Using a combination of new skills and knowledge about ourselves and our children, we'll shift our perspectives from old-style parenting techniques to a way of being that supports both ourselves and our children.

    Throughout the class, we will consider mindfulness, information from new brain studies, and child-centered practices that create less effort and more intimacy with the children in our life. We will also be reading excerpts from from Listen by Patty Whipfler and The Conscious Parent by Shefali TsabaryThis class is open to anyone who is raising children or works with kids. 

    COST: The cost of the class is on a sliding scale of $50, $70 or $90. Scholarships are readily available. You may choose to pay $25 or $0 through our online system. If you wish to pay another amount, please contact Terry Leonard at 50tleonard@gmail.com or 970-799-0084. We invite you to pay at the highest level you can afford so that all who seek the teachings may participate. 

    An important note: Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center but do not go directly to the leader of the class. Instead, this class is offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. Those offering the teachings rely on the generosity and donations of participants to support their valuable work in this world. Donations can be offered in the baskets by the doors anytime. 

    DATES: Wednesdays, June 26 through July 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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

    REGISTER: Please register online—see upper left corner of this page. 

    ABOUT MAUREEN FALLON-CYR: For more information about Maureen Fallon-Cyr, please click here


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