Programs

Common Ground offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of a diverse community of practitioners. All programs are rooted in the vipassana meditation tradition and mindfulness meditation practice. Mark Nunberg, the Guiding Teacher at Common Ground, leads most core programs, including weekly practice groups, daylong and half-day retreats, a monthly lovingkindness practice group, and quarterly workshops.

All programs at Common Ground are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. Common Ground has adopted the practice of “dana” (the Pali word for generosity) as both a spiritual practice for the community and a practical way to meet the financial needs of the organization. Throughout Buddhist history, spiritual teachings have been offered to people free of charge. In turn, those receiving the teachings supported the monks, nuns, lay teachers, and various centers as best they could—completing the circle of giving and receiving. In this way the teachers, students, and centers were protected by the spirit of generosity. Read more about dana.

If you are new to meditation, you may want to first visit our New to Meditation page.