Author: Gabe Keller

Sue Cochrane’s Four favorite Dharma Quotes

Sue Cochrane came to Common Ground over fifteen years ago to learn mindfulness– she was facing her first serious cancer diagnosis while parenting three young boys and working in her judicial career. When Sue first came to Common Ground she

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Meditation Instructions from Sayadaw U Tejaniya

Practice instructions from Sayadaw U Tejaniya, a┬áBurmese meditation teacher and monk whose teachings have been influencing Mark Nunberg and other teachers in our tradition. Mark will be basing his Weekly Practice Group talks off of Sayadaw’s teachings. Here are more

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Wisdom from Kabir, Mark Nunberg, and Agnes De Mille

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap

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Thoughts from Myoshin Kelley and Mark Nunberg

Hi all, Thanks to Andrew for taking these notes at recent weekly practice groups! A paraphrase from Myoshin’s talk: The Buddha did teach that the nature of all phenomena is emptiness, but this does not mean a void. It is

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Quotes and Resources from Nils’ and Wynn’s Talks This Week

From Nils Heymann’s talk: The Buddha’s First Discourse: Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. -Audre Lorde. From Wynn Fricke’s talk: A

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Poem: Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters Chapter I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way

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Two resources for the study of the Five Mental Hindrances

From Mark Nunberg: Two resources for the study of the Five Mental Hindrances – forces in the mind that hinder the continuity and steadiness of mindful awareness:   https://www.bcbsdharma.org/article/understanding-the-hindrances/ http://insightmeditationcenter.org/articles/FiveHindrances.pdf

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Heart Practice

Stacy McClendon, our board chair and one of the facilitators for the People of Color Community Group, wrote a nice reflection on metta practice recently and Shelly and I thought we’d share it. The POC group meets on the 1st

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Mindfulness of Breathing Instructions

Hi everyone,   Mark’s talking about the Buddha’s instructions on Mindfulness of Breathing this week and for the next few weeks. Check out the Buddha’s original teaching and notes from different teachers on these teachings here.   Love,   Gabe

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Antiracism Circle Being Offered this Fall near CG!

This fall, starting October 1 there will be an Antiracism Study and Dialogue Circle (ASDIC) offered a few blocks from Common Ground, at Faith Mennonite Church (2720 E 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406). We highly encourage everyone, especially teachers and

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