Common Ground is committed to being a welcoming, accessible, and safe practice home for all.
Over the past several years the community and leadership at Common Ground have become increasingly aware of the important intersection between our Buddhist practice of opening to the moment just as it is and the necessity of engaging the often messy and difficult work of acknowledging how cultural conditioning unconsciously keeps us bound up in cycles of suffering. As leaders of this community, we are committed to finding ways to keep this conversation alive and creating enough safety so that all people feel welcome to practice at the center and so that we can deeply see and hear each other . We aspire to develop compassion, and to practice non-harming so we may skillfully address the roots of suffering embedded in our views. The freedom that the Buddha points to involves acknowledging and responding to the suffering we see around us. As an organization we are committed to better understanding the injustices arising because of our ignorance in areas of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, and all the other ways that we perpetuate ideas and feelings of separation.
Common Ground is committed to giving priority for registration to members of some communities that have experienced historical oppression: people of color, trans, and gender-non-conforming. We hope this increases the likelihood of a sense of safety and belonging for members of these communities who often don’t see themselves represented in the community or in teaching roles. We recognize this policy benefits us all as we practice the Buddha’s teachings in an increasingly multicultural community and engage in the ongoing work needed to create a more equitable world. To learn more, contact Gabe Keller-Flores: 612-722-8260 or firstname.lastname@example.org