New to Meditation

Common Ground is open to everyone, whether they have an established practice or have never meditated before.

Our weekly practice groups (Sundays from 10:30-11:45 a.m., or Sundays from 7:00-8:30 p.m., or Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 p.m.) are a good place to see what Common Ground is like. These groups start with a half hour of guided meditation, followed by a dharma talk and discussion. These weekly groups are designed to be a cornerstone for one’s practice by providing ongoing instruction and teachings that help illuminate the simple but challenging practice  of mindfulness. The Buddha taught that mindfulness is the way to go beyond habits of distraction and grasping. To walk this path of wisdom and compassion, we need the support of a community that shares this intention. If you have children, check out the Sunday morning Children’s Practice, Pre-Teen Practice, and Teen Practice programs.

Those new to meditation may want to consider registering for the Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course:

Introduction To Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation leads to insight into the nature of our hearts and minds, revealing an inherent clarity, openness, and ease. This course includes exploration of the intention behind practice, an introduction to insight (vipassana) meditation techniques, instructions for working with common obstacles, an overview of the practices of lovingkindness, and a discussion on how mindfulness can be part of one’s daily life. Find resources on the intro class website or listen to Mark’s talks from a previous intro class:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3, Meditation
Week 3, Talk
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

Intro Workshop with Gail Iverson, Saturday, April 15, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Register

Other good options are our Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction and Self-Compassion courses (next Self-Compassion course starts April 3-visit the calendar for registration).

We also offer open meditation sessions on a drop-in basis for anyone wishing to practice silent sitting or walking meditation. Stay for as many 30-minute periods as you would like. Please arrive and depart with the bells, which are rung every half hour.
Monday – Saturday, 6:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 
Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Before visiting the center for the first time, please review the Common Ground policy on fragrances and scents.

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