Community Conversations

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.

Living Simply Series: Nature as Teacher – Earth as Witness

Facilitated by Kaia Svien, Claudia Poser, and Lea Hall
Tuesday, December 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Buddhist lore says that when asked what authority legitimized his enlightenment, the Buddha touched the earth. Around Bodhi Day, December 8, is a good time to delve into the element of earth. We sit just above the ecstatic skin of the earth, the soil, resting atop layers of sand, stone, and ultimately the molten core of magma. Shall we wake down as well as wake up?

What does it mean to touch the earth? What is earth teaching us about impermanence and interdependence? What is earth bearing witness to now?

Please join our blossoming EcoSangha as we follow Buddha’s teachings to deepen our love for and sense of connection to earth. We’ll explore and ground ourselves in many layers of earth below us. We welcome both beginning and experienced meditators.


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.

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