Courses & Workshops

To register for all courses and workshops, please visit the calendar

Common Ground offers both multiple-week courses and one-time workshops. Topics vary by quarter. All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.

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 Course with Mark Nunberg, Six Tuesdays, June 13-July 25 (no class on July 4). Register here.

Intro Workshop with Gail Iverson, Saturday, August 19, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Register here.

Buddhist Studies Program

The Buddhist Studies Program is designed for people who have attended three or more mindfulness meditation retreats and have a commitment to daily meditation practice. The course includes dharma talks, small and large group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus of their meditation and daily life practice. Led by Mark Nunberg.  Find current class information including handouts and articles on the Buddhist Studies website.

The Five Hindrances
This six week course examines the Buddha’s teachings on the five hindrances that undermine the clarity and stability of mind. These afflictive states are often regular visitors for meditators. With practice, sense desire, aversion, dullness, restlessness, and doubt can be more quickly recognized with a non-judging awareness in a way that neutralizes their disturbing and obscuring effect on the mind. Developing these skills goes to the heart of calming the mind and living in a skillful and compassionate way.

Seven Mondays, July 10 – August 21; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Optional Sitting Period, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Register Here

Mindful Self Compassion

This eight-week class is designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life. Based on the program developed by Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) builds on a foundation of mindfulness, kindness, and a sense of our shared humanity to help us meet the difficulties in our lives with compassion. Led by Jean Fagerstrom and David Alley.

Eight Mondays, June 26 – August 14, 9:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
& Half-day Retreat, Thursday July 27, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Living the Practice Workshop Series

The Living the Practice Workshop Series is designed for people who have an ongoing mindfulness practice and want to integrate the practice more thoroughly into all aspects of life. Led by Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke.

The Happiness of Forgiveness
The practice of forgiveness releases an authentic happiness. So why do we ignore or resist it? In this workshop we will acknowledge our stories of resentments and disappointments and how they often imprison us. Forgiveness is not imaginary or hopeful, it is a deepening understanding and acceptance of what is already true. The goal of this workshop is to recognize the limitations of ill will as a strategy for life, and to appreciate letting go as the expression of deep wisdom and compassion.
Saturday, July 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Workshops

With Anushka Fernandopulle: Meditation as an Act of Love

When we develop meditation as loving awareness, we cultivate a beautiful way of living that supports wisdom and balance. We pay attention well to what we love and we learn to be present with a warm, open gaze for whatever shows up. This kind, gentle awareness brings mindfulness and metta (lovingkindness) practice together as one. Join us to explore meditation as an act of love.
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
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For Women with Merra Young and Shelly Graf: A Morning of Connecting and Belonging

We will explore the terrain of the heart and consider wise action together through intention setting, sitting practice, movement, and inquiry.
Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
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With Spruce Krause: Laughter Yoga – A Direct Practice of Joy

Laughter yoga involves deep breathing and a deep commitment to being fully in the now. When we are laughing there is no past, no future, and no mind chatter. Laughter increases one’s sense of well-being and promotes a wholesome community.
Sunday, June 4, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
No Registration Needed

For Men with Nils Heymann: Sangha Brothers on the Path to Liberation

A day of support and community
Sunday, June 18, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
More information and registration here.

With Ajahn Chandako: Self – What We Identify With

Adopting the Buddha’s analytical approach, we will take an honest and challenging look at what it is that we consider to be ourselves, our lives, and the relationship between identification and happiness.
Saturday, July 1, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
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With Ramesh Sairam: Mindfulness and Physical Pain

Mindfulness meditation can help practitioners understand the complex nature of pain and provide tools to reduce the suffering associated with it. This half-day workshop will include guided meditation, lectures, and group discussions. It is open to everyone, but may be especially useful for people experiencing physical pain and those (professional and otherwise) who help people in pain.
Saturday, July 8, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m
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With Emil Jalonen: Transforming Anger

This half-day workshop seeks to bring relief to those of us who suffer from anger and resentments. With practice, this powerful energy can be transformed from anger to kindness and joy.
Sunday, July 23, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m
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With Gabe Keller-Flores and Shelly Graf: Racism and Awakening

By engaging the historical and present-day reality of racism in our institutions, relationships, and minds with compassion and courage, we transform habits of denial, alienation, rage, and fear into fuel for awakening.
Saturday, August 12, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
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Registration Policy

Common Ground is committed to supporting access to programs for those who identify as a person of color, a member of the queer community and/or a person with a disability.  We recognize this policy benefits us all as we practice the Buddha’s teachings in an increasingly multicultural community and engage in the ongoing work needed to create a more equitable world.  To learn more, contact Gabe Keller-Flores: 612-722-8260 or gabe@commongroundmeditation.org.