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.

With Ajahn Punnadhammo: The Nature of Mind
Friday, September 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., and workshop on Saturday, September 9; 9:30am– 4:00pm

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.

With Judith Ragir
Friday, October 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Byakuren (White Lotus) Judith Ragir is the Senior Dharma Teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center. She studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi from 1973-1990 at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Following his death in 1990, Judith was instrumental in founding the Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul where she was a senior teacher for nine years. In December 2007, Joen Snyder-O’Neal, of Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center, bestowed on Judith Dharma Transmission, the authorization to teach. This transmission is in Katagiri Roshi’s lineage. She was the Guiding teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center from 2006-2015.

Byakuren has a background in bodywork and healing which includes having been a professional modern dancer and a doctor of Oriental medicine using acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbs.

She lives in the woods with her husband and has two grown sons.

Spring Washam’s Visit

Public Book Signing in Minneapolis
Date: November 15th 7:00pm
Location: The Barnes & Noble
Address: in the Calhoun Village Shopping Center

For People of Color with Spring Washam: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

With Spring Washam: Love is the Answer
Friday, November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday workshop for women: Wisdom Rising
Saturday, November 18, 9:30am-4:00pm

With Spring Washam: The Wisdom of Inclusion – Opening the Heart to All Beings
Sunday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Spring Washam is a well-known meditation and dharma teacher based in Oakland, California. She is a founding member and core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center located in downtown Oakland. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom. She is the author of, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in any Moment available in stores on November 7th. She was trained by Jack Kornfield and has studied numerous meditation practices and Buddhist philosophy since 1997. She is a member of the Sprit Rock Teachers Council. In addition to being a teacher she is also a healer, facilitator, spiritual activist and writer. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices into diverse communities. She has studied indigenous healing practices and shamanic practices for over a decade. She has practiced and studied under some of the most preeminent meditation masters in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. She currently travels and teaches workshops, classes and retreats worldwide.

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