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Monday, February 26
John Bruna, Visiting Teacher

Monday, March 5
Carolyn Hobbs, author

Monday, March 12
Erin Treat

Monday, March 19
Maureen Fallon-Cyr

Monday, March 26
Katherine Barr

Monday, April 2
Yong Oh, Dharma Leader

Monday, April 9
Erin Treat

Monday, April 16
Yong Oh, Dharma leader

Monday, April 23
Community Meeting -
Join us! It will be fun!

Monday, April 30
John Bruna, Visiting Teacher

Monday, May 7
Maureen Fallon-Cyr

Monday, May 14
Bill Ball

Monday, May 21
Tempel Smith, Visiting Teacher

Monday, May 28
Sit Only

Welcome to the Durango Dharma Center!

 The Durango Dharma Center (DDC) was formed in 1991 by a few individuals desiring support in their sitting practice. It is now home to many meditators of all levels of practice with classes for beginners, families, and those interested in deeper study of the Buddha's teachings. The DDC is Vipassana (Insight) oriented but welcomes meditators of any tradition. 

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an evening with jiryu

a taste of zen practice
friday, february 23, 6:00-7:30pm

Join us for an opportunity to learn about Zen practice with visiting Soto Zen Priest Jiryu Rutschman-Byler. This evening will include teachings shared by Jiryu and some short meditations.

This program is offered on the basis of dana, or mutual generosity. There is no need to register. Please just show up!


an introduction
to zen practice

a Daylong retreat with
jiryu rutschman-byler
Saturday, february 24, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Join us for a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Zen practice with visiting Soto Zen Priest Jiryu Rutschman-Byler. This daylong retreat will include traditional elements of Zen retreats, including Zen-style sitting meditation and walking meditation. Jiryu will also offer a dharma talk and there will be an opportunity for discussion. 


Beginning insight meditation
class with erin treat

Beginning meditation class
five tuesdays starting february 27, 6-7:30pm
Insight meditation is a simple technique that develops our natural capacity to be aware. It calms and concentrates the mind and cultivates a stable, non-judgmental awareness that can bring clarity and serenity to daily life. It is also a spiritual path that gradually dissolves the barriers to the full development of wisdom and compassion.

During this five-class series, Erin Treat, the Dharma Center's resident dharma teacher, will offer instructions suitable for those who have never tried meditation before as well as more seasoned practitioners. The teachings will be offered in a practical, accessible manner that invites participants to live with more self-acceptance, clarity, and ease.


Spring Residential retreat

with erin treat & tempel smith
may 11 - may 16
at kelly place bed and breakfast

During this five-night retreat, we will engage in the Buddhist practices of lovingkindness, mindfulness, and insight meditation, developing an embodied awareness of our present-moment experience. 

This retreat is suitable for those new to meditation practice as well as those who are already dedicated to this path of awakening. Our retreat will be held in noble silence from the first evening until the last morning. We wholeheartedly welcome folks from all identities and backgrounds to participate in this retreat. 


Buddhism, psychology and
buddhist psychology

An experiential class for
seasoned practitioners
Six wednesdays starting april 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

In this six-week class, we’ll explore the interface of Buddhism and psychology as a support to our practice. We’ll discover how psychological maps aid our awakening; explore the wisdom of Buddhist psychology; and consider the practices of deep mindfulness and embodied attention in releasing fixations that create a limited sense of self. 

We will practice with our own minds, using skillful means to work with our limiting beliefs and difficult emotions as a path to awakening. This class is experiential and explores deep mindfulness practices. It is suitable for seasoned meditators.


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Durango Dharma Center • 1800 E. Third Ave. • P.O. Box 1631 • Durango, CO 81302