Durango SENGENs

  sponsored by the Durango Dharma Center

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  2019 SenGen Announcements

What's new on the site since Mar26, 2019?

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.

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*Checkout our 2019 Winter/Spring 2019 SenGen Schedule

*The next SenGen Facilitators planning session will be on April 4 from 3 - 4:30pm.  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, Mar 26 from 3 to 4:30pm. Check out your special invitation below. Hope to see you there!




















Dear SenGens,

  Our next SenGen meeting is Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 3-4:30 @ DDC.

 This session will be facilitated by Ron Pevny (the Founder and Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering), and David Ellisor.  Together we will explore the Power of Story, with a focus on the stories we each create about the experiences of our lives, and how these stories, whether empowering or debilitating, shape the way we age and the inner peace or conflict with which we approach our death.  We will emphasize the Hero/Heroine’s Journey as a universal, archetypal story of the potential in each of us for embracing all our life’s experiences—painful as well as joyous—as gifts on a life-long journey of growth.

 David and Ron encourage you to spend a few minutes doing prep work for this session.  Take 10 or 15 minutes to recall and write a bit about an experience you have had at some point in your life that you, often or at least occasionally, feel weighs heavily on you.  For example, a regret, a wounding you have suffered, a wound you have inflicted on another—in other words, an act of commission or omission that impacts your sense of peace and/or self-worth.

 Enjoy the Equinox today, the end of winter for us (not the end of snow, though).

 With Metta,

Ellen Park and the SenGen Facilitators 


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