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  2018 SenGen Announcements

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*Join us on Dec 11, 3-4:30 at the DDC for our next session. This is our annual holiday party - a time for sharing and reflections on the year past and ahead. Check below for info regarding this session.

*Click to read the latest SenGen Facilitator's minutes from our 10/16/18 meeting.

You might also consider helping us facilitate a future meeting.

Just contact Ross or Martha for more info.



















Click here to read the SenGen flier for SenGen dates and times

for the remainder of 2018.



















SenGen Holiday Celebration Tuesday December 11, 3-4:30 @ DDC

Dear SenGens,

 Our final 2018 session will be held on Tuesday December 11, 3-4:30. The 4th Tuesday falls on Christmas Day, and we will not be meeting that day. 

 Facilitators will be Ross and Ellen Park, and we will celebrate the joy of our fellowship with our annual Holiday Party.  It will be a time to reflect on the passage of another year in our lives and another year of our Kalyana Mitta SenGen group.  Kalyana Mitta means Spiritual Friends, which we surely have become as we have shared so much in the process of examining Aging, Illness and Death, and especially the Joy and Wisdom that are manifested as we grow older.

You might also think about these 3 questions:

1.      What changes, anticipated or otherwise, have occurred in your life in the past year, and how have you reacted to them?

2.      If you were to give yourself one gift this season what would that be and why? 

3.      What intentions, if any, have you set for the coming year?

 We will start by sharing our reflections, and follow with hot chocolate, tea, Ross’s pastries and a plate of nibbles you may wish to bring - nuts, cookies, fruit - keeping in mind that last year we had much more food than we could indulge in! Bringing just yourself is appreciated.

Our plan for early 2019 is to use as inspiration the recently published, amazing book by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush: Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying.

Maria’s has stocked this book for us, and if you would like to purchase it, mention the Durango Dharma Center Book Club to receive a 15% discount.  We will also place one in the DDC Library. A bibliography of other books we had considered can be found below.

With deep Metta and Gratitude for an insightful year,

Ellen Park and the SenGen Facilitators 


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Other wonderful books on the SenGen Facilitators’ 2019 short list, from which we chose Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush

Standing at the Edge - Joan Halifax

The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life – William Martin

Natural Causes - Barbara Ehrenreich

The Second Half of Life - Angeles Arrien

Untethered Soul - Michael Singer

Grace in Dying - Kathleen Dowling Singh

Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home - Natalie Goldberg

Still Here - Ram Dass



The Durango Dharma Center offers the Senior Generation (SenGen) Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friends) Mindfulness Group. A place for those of us 60 and over who are interested in investigating the three messengers of aging, illness, and death that will visit us all, and in discussing all aspects of how to live a full and joyful life as we continue the journey. Join us as we delve into these exciting topics.

            Our mentor is Katherine Barr, Dharma Elder.

Our group norms include:

     •Connectedness, the very definition of a Kalyana Mitta or Spiritual Friend group, our need to feel      connected, unspoken or otherwise, to others who are sharing the same experiences, helplessness and challenges

    •Safety,  the ability to share experiences and challenges in an environment where we will not be judged

   •Privacy, the knowledge that what we say will not be shared with others outside this room

   •Inclusivity, everyone 60+ is welcome, whether or not on a Buddhist path, and while Buddhist teaching may infuse the conversations, they are not central to our discussions

   •Respect for each other’s  personal preferences: for example, everyone is invited to speak, but it is not necessary to speak - many of us have personalities more suited to individual processing of knowledge gained in a session

We invite all within this age group to join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 3 to 4:30PM at the Durango Dharma Center, 1800 east 3rd Ave.

For more info please email to the address below.