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    • September 20, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Durango Dharma Center
    • 17


    Uncovering the Roots of Identity,
     Waking up to Whiteness

    SELECT Wednesdays THIS FALL
    Sept 20, Sept. 27, Nov. 8, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 
     6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Who are we behind the identities we wear from day to day, the identities we take ourselves to be? Race is one aspect of our identity that profoundly impacts how we meet—and are met by—this world. And yet, it is a social, historical, and cultural construct. This Essential Dharma class series is a special opportunity for a small group of seasoned meditators to examine the roots of identity through the lens of race, a practice that is at the very heart of the Buddha’s path of liberation.  

    In a kind and supportive environment of no more than 24 people, 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. This class series will draw upon a leading-edge curriculum used in dharma communities across the country. It is designed to guide white folks into a deeper personal relationship with the practice of decolonizing racism. 

    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 24 people, we recommend that you register early. In order to maintain the container of the group, we ask that participants commit to attend at least five out of the six class sessions. 

    Prerequisites: Participants are required to have 14 nights of residential retreat experience and 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 recommended but not required.

    Fees: Sliding scale, $50, $70, $90. Financial assistance is available by contacting Terry Leonard at tleonard@frontier.net. 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 Judy Gerhardt, 288 Animas View Dr. #23, Durango, CO 81301. (970) 375-9617

    Questions: Please contact Terry Leonard at tleonard@frontier.net

    For more information about Erin Treat, click here. 


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    • September 22, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • September 24, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Durango Dharma Center


    A Non-Residential Retreat
    SEPTEMBER 22-24

    Like a tapestry is composed of thread, our suffering is composed of clinging. We cling to views and conventions, to sense pleasure and to the sense of self. Ultimately, the strategies of clinging are attempts to create happiness and safety. But we can’t hold a river in our hands—the world will not stay still. In letting go, we are not released into a turbulent and destabilizing world but instead into a heart full of confidence and a mind full of peace. When we practice mindfulness, we practice letting go.

    This weekend retreat will be an exploration of how we cling and what it means to let go. There will be time for dharma talks, meditation practice, and group engagement. All are welcome.

    The retreat will be held at the Durango Dharma Center, beginning Friday, September 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and running Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hour-long lunch breaks are at noon both days.

    COST: Cost for the retreat is on a sliding scale of $100-$200. Financial assistance is available by contacting Ginger St. Ours, gingerstours@gmail.com, (970) 946-1025.

    Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center. This retreat is offered by the teacher 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 retreat participants for a sustainable income to support their valuable work in this world. At the end of the retreat there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the teacher.

    REGISTER: Register online here or by contacting Ginger St. Ours, gingerstours@gmail.com, (970) 946-1025. Please mail check payable to the Durango Dharma Center and send to Ginger at 611 CR234, Durango, CO 81301. For questions or further information, contact Liz Cosgrove, lizcosgrove@yahoo.com or (970) 749-2030. 

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    ABOUT THE TEACHER: Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at University of Southern California for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. He also serves as the program director at Mindful Schools. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He completed the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and offers retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. He spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.

    • September 27, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Durango Dharma Center

    with BILL BALL

    Wednesdays starting Sept. 27,  6:00 – 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 five-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 who may be looking for a refresher. 

    DATES: Wednesdays, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 6:00-7:30 pm  

    VENUE: Durango Dharma Center, 1800 East 3rd Ave.

    COST: $20. Financial assistance is available by contacting Terry Leonard, whose info is below. 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.  Those offering the teachings rely on the generosity and donations of retreat participants to support their valuable work in this world. The suggested donation to the teacher is $40-$60 for the whole series, which can be offered at any time during the class.

    REGISTER: Online on this website or via the downloadable registration form with the registration fee payable to Durango Dharma Center. Please send form to Cindy Dunbar, 46 Durango Road, Durango, CO 81301. Cindy can be reached at 970-764-8070. 

    QUESTIONS: Please contact Terry Leonard, tleonard@frontier.net. 

    MORE ABOUT BILL BALL: Bill has been in meditation practice for 25 years and has been influenced primarily by the vipassana traditions of southeast Asia. He completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader program and has been one of the dharma leaders at the Durango Dharma Center for 15 years. Bill has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work.   


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