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.

Concentration Skills and Study 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.  Monthly meetings at CG in the community room – second Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., beginning June 10th, 2017.  Longer retreat locations TBD.

DharmaCore Queer Meditation Group
This group is open to compassionate-minded members of the LGBTQQIA community and their allies. Queerdos, artists, punks and activists welcome! Join us for a sit and casual dharma discussion the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at Common Ground from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Please note: DharmaCore also meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at DharmaCore (2424 E 22nd St. in Seward).  Find DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community on Facebook! Find this week’s meeting location on Common Ground’s public calendar.

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.

Immigration Rights Group
This is a group of Common Grounders looking to gather to explore ways of standing alongside individuals and families who identify with MN’s immigrant and refugee communities.  We hope to discover ways of responding not only to immediate needs, but to explore opportunities to serve as community partners for the long-term.  Our next meeting will be June 6th, from 7:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m.  For more information please contact Renee Mungas: rmmungas@gmail.com.

Men’s Group
For community members who identify as male-gendered, including trans and queer men. This group will begin with silent meditation and/or light yoga, followed by an opportunity for sharing the thoughts and feelings that arise during this practice, some gentle processing of those thoughts and feelings with the intent of learning to let them go and create space for a more grounded practice. Each session will end with another silent meditation period.

The goal of this group is to provide a safe space for men to articulate and express their emotions, in order to create greater fluency around emotional states that arise during meditation, so they can be experienced with greater equanimity and balance and are less likely to trigger the neurotic reactions of clinging or aversion. This peer led group meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm in the community room at Common Ground. For more info contact Kyle at kylefeldman@yahoo.com.

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 Thursday 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.

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

Women’s Group
This is an opportunity for women to come together and deepen their practice. This group will meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.