Guest Teacher Dharma Talks

Please join us for these special evenings of dharma (spiritual teachings) and connection with the Common Ground community. These drop-in programs are an opportunity to hear guest teachers and experienced community members speak about their practice. The evening begins with a 30-minute meditation period followed by a talk and discussion.


The Fragrance of Freedom: with Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the author of several books, including Embracing Each Moment, No Self, No Problem, and The Magic of Awareness. Through sharing his wisdom and personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings of Buddhism.

Friday, October 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


An Inquiry into the Central Buddhist Teaching of Not-Self: with Ajahn Punnadhammo

Ajahn Punadhammo is the abbot of Arrow River Forest Hermitage near Thunder Bay. He has been a monk in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism since 1991. He recently released a free e-book entitled THE BUDDHIST COSMOS: A Comprehensive Survey of the Early Buddhist Worldview; according to Therav?da and Sarvs?tiv?da sources, which you can find here.

Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.