Weekly Practice

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.
Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Currently the talks are loosely based off of Ajahn Sucitto’s book Meditation: A Way of Awakening. Also, check our dharma blog for poems and other resources Mark mentions in the weekly practice groups.

Monthly Lovingkindness Practice Group

This practice group is for people interested in developing the heart by training in the four beautiful emotions of lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. No registration required. Led by Mark Nunberg and Shelly Graf.
Fridays, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Open Meditation Session

Open meditation is available 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.

Self Compassion Practice Group

This group will be held on the third Friday of every month starting in April. Led by Jean Haley and Jane Rauenhorst.
Starting April 21, 7:00 – 8:30 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.