Durango SENGENs

  sponsored by the Durango Dharma Center

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  2019 SenGen Announcements

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*Checkout our 2019 /Summer SenGen Schedule

*The  SenGen Facilitators held their latest planning session on Tuesday, June 4. Click here to read the minutes.

You might consider sitting in and see how engaging this group can be.

           You might also consider helping us facilitate a future meeting.

Just contact Ross or Martha for more info.

*Our next SenGen session is Tuesday, June 11 from 3 to 4:30pm. Check out your special invitation below. Hope to see you there!



















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.


Dear SenGens,

 Our next meeting is on Tuesday June 11, 3-4:30pm @ DDC, when local teacher and journalist Rachel Turiel will be our guest facilitator, assisted by Vic Lopez.

 “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.” David Augsburger.

 In this SenGen session on Listening to Connect, we will explore how to hear what’s most important to people, how to express our understanding of what someone is experiencing in a way that is deeply satisfying to them, and what blocks us from this pure form of listening. We’ll do practices and discussion to become clearer on the benefits of empathy.


Rachel Turiel is the 2019 recipient of the Women’s Resource Center’s Award: Champion of Peace and Nonviolence. She teaches nonviolent communication in Durango and online. She’s given workshops to La Plata Civil Dialogue, Thrive Living Wage Coalition, Manna Soup Kitchen, Community Connections and many more businesses and organizations. She is also a freelance writer who’s been published widely, including in the New York Times.

 This is a wonderful opportunity for us to benefit from Rachel’s deep knowledge and experience, and we hope you will join us.

With metta, 

Ellen Park and the SenGen Facilitators , www.dursengen.com 

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