Category: Teachings & Reflections

Generosity: The Art of Being Happy

Generosity: The Art of Being Happy By Mark Nunberg It’s nice to reflect on how Common Ground and this whole tradition is built on wholesomeness and the generosity of those who have come before us. It’s unfortunate that all of

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Why and How We Sit

Why and How We Sit April 19, 2017 Mark Nunberg There’s an old saying: “If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.” This old proverb helps us understand why a person might want

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What is our practice?

Dear Friends, Mindfulness is the practice of opening to and understanding the moment just as it is, whether we are practicing sitting meditation, cooking dinner, or advocating for justice. To begin we make the necessary effort to calm the mind

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Sutta Study Reflection Theme 5-6-17

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 24, Liberation / Vimutti To be read out loud: 24.2 Third paragraph on page 289 to the last full paragraph

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Wisdom from Kabir, Mark Nunberg, and Agnes De Mille

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap

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Thoughts from Myoshin Kelley and Mark Nunberg

Hi all, Thanks to Andrew for taking these notes at recent weekly practice groups! A paraphrase from Myoshin’s talk: The Buddha did teach that the nature of all phenomena is emptiness, but this does not mean a void. It is

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Letting Go

Letting go happens, but it’s not something we decide to do. It happens because there is understanding, and understanding brings change. An excerpt from The Way It Is by Ajahn Sumedho: The Buddha pointed to the way of seeing things

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 4-1-17

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 23, Emptiness / Sunnata To be read out loud: 23.1  Second paragraph p. 273 “Hence…” to end of section. 23.3

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Quotes and Resources from Nils’ and Wynn’s Talks This Week

From Nils Heymann’s talk: The Buddha’s First Discourse: Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. -Audre Lorde. From Wynn Fricke’s talk: A

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Self-Acceptance and Equanimity

Quotes from Mark’s talks this week. “What makes us a powerful learner and creatively engaged is equanimity: moving into the world with an open heart and mind.” “If we do not realize thought is impersonal, we assume ‘if I had

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