Community Groups

These small, peer-led groups meet at the center, in homes, and in other community venues to explore this path of awakening in terms of issues that are real in our lives. Unless otherwise specified, contact info@commongroundmeditation.org for more information. If you are a committed practitioner with residential retreat experience and you’re interested in starting a new community group, contact gabe@commongroundmeditation.org for more info.

Book Club: The Warmth of Other Suns

Common Ground Monthly Reading Group! This is a forum for community members to practice thoughtful reflection on the book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Meetings will be held in the Community Room at Common Ground and will start with meditation. To participate contact April Hanson at lirpaj@hotmail.com. 8:30-10:00am, First Sunday of the Month.

Concentration Skills and Study Community Group
This group is focused on supporting Common Ground’s mission and our community through bringing awareness to the value of the concentration and jhanic absorption states in meditation practice, to encourage balanced practice, as a compliment to, and support of insight, and to relieve suffering.  Also, and specifically to offer opportunities for individuals with particular interest in concentration and jhana to deepen their practice and understanding, and so to serve the dharma, one another and our community.   Second Saturdays starting in October: 8:30-10:00am.

DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community

DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community is a weekly sitting group open to all members of the LGBTQQI community. We do a 30-minute sit and facilitate a dharma discussion on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at alternating locations.

We host a formal sit and dharma talk  on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at Common Ground Meditation Center

We host a sit and community practice check-in on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 2827 18th Ave S, MPLS, 55407.

You can find DharmaCore on Facebook @DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community

Come sit with Queers!

Dharma Flicks
Dharma Flicks is on hiatus for the summer.  This will start up again on Saturday, October 7th, first Saturday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Educators Mindfulness Group
If you are a teacher and want to experience more peace and calm in your job…..then come join us for support and fellowship as we discuss our mindfulness practice. Our relaxed, small group will discuss such themes as: wise speech, harmonious relationships, right view, and compassion. Please join us!  The doors are open for old and new participants to come and share the fruits and challenges of their practice in community with fellow dedicated teachers/dharma practitioners. Co-Facilitated by Paul Sackaroff and Sherri Juenemann. For more information, contact Paul at psackapawn@gmail.com.  Meetings this fall: Sept 25th, Oct 30th, Nov. 27th, Dec 18th from 4-5 p.m. in the community room.

Gay Men’s Group
This is a supportive network that integrates mindful living with issues relevant to gay men. We typically meet on the fourth Sunday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Befriending Immigrants and Refugees Community Group
In this time of increasing xenophobia and government repression, we endeavor to find ways to make this city safer, friendlier, and more welcoming for immigrants and refugees.  We aspire to enter relationships with immigrant and refugee communities, listening and learning how we might be welcome partners, friends, and allies.  For more information please contact Renee Mungas: rmmungas@gmail.com. Fourth Thursday of the Month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Mental Health Professionals Group
This closed group is intended for professionals and graduate students in the field of mental health. Our main purpose is to support one another to integrate mindfulness practice more deeply into our work lives. For more information, visit our web page.

Mindfulness for Caregivers Community Group
The mission of this group is to call on the Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truths to help caregivers mindfully address the many emotional aspects of both personal and professional caregiving, and to provide a space for caregivers to share with and learn from others who strive to apply these methods and teachings. The Mindfulness for Caregivers group at Common Ground Meditation Center is not a ‘caregiver support group’. The discussions do not focus on the details of how to give care, how to locate financial/health resources, or how to solve issues that may surface in the experience of caregiving. Rather, it is a group focused on supporting participants in their efforts to apply mindfulness practices in their role as a caregiver.  This group meets at Common Ground on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  For more information contact mindfulnessforcaregivers@commongroundmeditation.org.

Mindfulness and Depression Community Group
Depression hurts, and no one should have to face it alone. In the Mindfulness and Depression Community Group, we share our experience and support each other. We practice using mindfulness to welcome even the most difficult experiences and explore the possibility of acceptance and joy. This group is open to anyone with personal experience of depression.  This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 12-:30-2:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Caleb or Dan at depression@commongroundmeditation.org. Here is a list of resources compiled by the group.

Organizers and Social Justice Activists Community Group
In these uniquely challenging times, people who are dedicated to fighting for justice need a place of refuge, for honest sharing about the challenges we face and for learning tools to more effectively bring mindfulness and compassion into political work and organizing. This group is open to anyone who practices meditation, whether they have been doing so for three months or 30 years, and whether they are part of the Common Ground sangha, any other spiritual community, or none at all. This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Email phillipcryan@gmail.com for more information.

People of Color Community Group
The People of Color Community Group gathers to explore our spiritual path through meditation and the teachings of the Buddha, honoring our shared experience, while cultivating mindfulness, wisdom, and joy in our community.  Practitioners of color looking for support in their practice are invited to join this group on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Stacy at pocleader@commongroundmeditation.org.

“Refirement” Group
The Common Ground “Refirement” Retiree’s Community Group seeks opportunities of activism, service, study, friendship and companionship that will deepen and expand our practice and enrich our lives.  Activities include discovering creative ways to spend our time, attending conscious artistic events, doing service activities, studying meaningful books and other works together, discussing topics of mutual interest, investigating alternative living arrangement and having retreats together.  This group will meet for six months, once a month, beginning June 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  For more information please contact Tom: carlson_thomas@hotmail.com.

Open Sit ‘n’ Oats at Sprout House
Join a local community house for weekly Saturday morning meditations and oatmeal bar breakfasts. 2601 16th Ave. S., Apt. 2, Minneapolis 55407. This is an opportunity to sit together and connect in a relaxed, informal setting. The door will have a sign on it and will be unlocked. You can bring a topping to share, a friend, or just your lovely self! All are welcome! We meet every second Saturday of the month, at 9:30 a.m. For more information or questions contact sprouthousemn@gmail.com.

Sutta Study Groups
This group was formed in the spring of 2005 as a way to support leaders of the center in deepening their study and practice of the teachings of the Buddha. The program was designed to promote both a greater fluency and depth of understanding of the teachings of the Buddha, and a deeper web of dharma friendships with other leaders and practitioners. For more info click here. To see what the groups are currently studying, click here