Ongoing Programs

Weekly Practice Groups

Common Ground offers practice groups three times a week: Sunday mornings and evenings and Wednesday evenings. (The same talk is given at the three groups. It’s usually given first on Sunday morning.) 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. Each session includes a guided meditation, dharma talk, and discussion. Both experienced and beginning meditators are welcome. No registration required.  Led by Mark Nunberg and other dharma teachers.
Sunday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Lovingkindness Practice Group

This monthly practice group is for people interested in developing the heart by training in the four beautiful emotions of lovingkindness (metta), compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. Each session includes instruction, a guided meditation, a short dharma talk, and time for questions and discussion. Both experienced and beginning meditators are welcome, no registration necessary. Led by Mark Nunberg, Gail Iverson and other dharma teachers.
Meets 1st Fridays of the month; 7:00-8:30pm

Click here to read an introduction to lovingkindness practice by Mark Nunberg, our guiding Teacher.

Open Meditation Session

Drop in to as many half-hour silent meditation periods as you like. Please arrive and depart with the bell, which is 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.
Friday, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Self-Compassion Practice Group

This practice group is for anyone interested in developing practices that strengthen and support mindful self compassion. The group is open to those who have graduated from the Mindful Self Compassion class and to everyone interested in exploring the benefits of a self compassion practice. No registration required. Led by Jean Haley and Jane Rauenhorst.
Meets 3rd Fridays of the month; 7:00-8:30pm.  Upcoming group is December 21. 

Mindfulness, Recovery, and the Twelve Steps

This ongoing program is for those seeking spiritual development by practicing the principles of the Twelve Steps and the Buddha’s teachings in everyday life. This program supplements recovery and is designed to reveal to us that consistent mindfulness practice is vital to spiritual progress. This ongoing practice group meets every Friday and is open to all who have an interest in mindfulness and the Twelve Steps. No need to register, just come. For more info, contact Led by Emil J., Spruce K., Elene L., Gail I., Anita R., Ollie S. and Alice V.
Meets every Friday; 7:00-8:30pm


You can always check our online calendar for exact dates.


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