Sangha Care Program
In the spirit of mutual support and kalyana mitta (spiritual friendship), volunteers with the Dharma Center are offering extra hands for members of the sangha who could use a little help here and there. Volunteers are happy to support fellow practitioners who are housebound (or limited in any way) by running assorted errands, such as grocery shopping, dog walking, and picking up supplies or necessities.
As the pandemic eases, we also hope to offer meal preparation, light household chores, and transportation to and from the Dharma Center for programs and retreats. Our intention is to support our sangha members who could use some assistance from a friend from time to time.
If you would like to request assistance, please click here.
For those who are willing to volunteer in this way, please click here.
Compassionate Listeners Program
For those who are going through a challenging time and would benefit from peer support, we offer a compassionate listener program. This group of listeners includes Vic Lopez, Lynne Sholler, Judy Gerhardt, Susan McGinness, Alena George, Ross Park, Ellen Park, Myah Lee and Ginger St. Ours. If you feel it would be supportive simply to chat with a compassionate peer listener during a time of difficulty, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Stephanie Herbst ( or 970-426-8983), our operations manager, who can connect you directly. It’s important to note that this is not therapy or a professional service but rather a mutual exchange of open-hearted presence during a challenging time. May we all weather the storms of this human life together.
“Don’t go searching for the Dhamma outside, for it lies within. Peace lies within, but we have to contemplate so that we’re aware all around—subtly, deep down.”
BEYOND THE DHARMA CENTER
The Dharma Center is part of an informal community of Buddhist centers across the country. There are numerous resources for practitioners wishing to deepen their understanding, from retreat centers to books and audio resources. Here we share just a few resources to support your practice beyond the center:
Mindfulness and Recovery Group Resources
For those who wish to explore other recovery resources, here are a number of options:
The Alcoholics Anonymous Central Office of Colorado’s website lists all of the AA meetings in the region, including in-person offerings.
John Bruna’s Mindful Life Program lists Mindfulness in Recovery meetings that take place online.
Al-Anon also lists meetings by location on its website.
Young People in Recovery also has a robust Durango chapter. Learn more about their offerings by checking out their Facebook page.
You may also be interested in Alcoholics Anonymous podcasts, which you can access by clicking here.
Residential Retreat Centers
Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California
Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in Northern New Mexico
Vipassana Metta Foundation, Maui, Hawaii
Glossary of Pali Terms
Pali was the language in which the Buddha taught. From time to time, we use Pali words in dharma talks and on our website. Click here for a glossary of Pali terms.
Podcasts and Other Resources
Please visit DharmaSeed.org for access to hundreds of dharma talks.
The teacher Jack Kornfield offers a podcast, Heart Wisdom.
The teacher Tara Brach offers a podcast.
The teacher Sharon Salzberg offers podcasts, videos and blog posts.
Ajahn Sucitto, a senior monk and teacher, offers audio resources and articles on his website.
Lion’s Roar is a website and magazine that publishes articles on Buddhist topics.