Community Conversations and Events

Join the Common Ground community for time to connect around various issues that are dear to our hearts and real in our lives. We will talk and listen to each other, sharing wisdom and using our mindfulness practice to deepen our collective understanding. Each conversation will be facilitated by teachers or community leaders.

Community Conversation with Santikaro: We’re All in This Mess Together

Sunday, January 14, 12:30-3:30pm

Santikaro lived with Ajahn Buddhadasa during the last nine years of his life and became his primary translator. Ordained as a Theravada Bhikkhu in 1985, Santikaro spent most of his monastic life at Suan Mokkh. During this time he led Dawn Kiam, a small monastic community for foreigners. He is the founder of Liberation Park, a modern expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility, located in rural southwestern Wisconsin. There he continues to teach, explore nature, and translate the work of his teacher. He teaches Buddhism and meditation with an emphasis on the early Pali sources and is a lucid interpreter of the original teachings and discourses.


Community Conversation with People with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness with Patrice Koelsch

When we live with serious or life-limiting illness, we may experience pain, fatigue, and other discomfort that demand our attention. Despite our best efforts we may not be able to do what we used to do, what others are able to do with ease. Our emotions may go up and down depending on the symptom or the prognosis of the day. When we live with illness over time, it is easy to feel alone and overwhelmed. What does our spiritual practice look like when we are ill? Is it possible to live fully in the midst of frailty, disability, and uncertainty? Does that matter to us the most? And what would we like the community to know about our needs? Please join in the community conversation to connect and share concerns and wishes.

Sunday, January 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Dharma Songs with Marc Anderson

Saturday, February 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Quarterly Community Gathering and Potluck

Sunday, March 18, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Community Conversation for Men: Sexism and Sexual Misconduct: facilitated by Mark Nunberg, Louis Alemayehu, Gabe Keller-Flores, and other friends.

Sunday, March 24, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Topics of Previous Community Conversations:
Buddhism & Polyamory
Sexism and Patriarchy
Examining Microaggressions
Waking Up – Learning to See What We Don’t See
Humans, Animals and Non harming 
Relating Wisely to Global Climate Change