Category: Teachings & Reflections

Samadhi: The arising of the five jhanic factors and the abandoning of the five hindrances

Samadhi: The arising of the five jhanic factors and the abandoning of the five hindrances   The Buddha teaches that the mind is radiant and pure, but as we all know, this essential clarity and freedom of mind is often

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Emptiness and Compassion Chapter from Guy Armstrong

Hi folks, Here is a scan of the Emptiness and Compassion chapter from Guy Armstrong’s book Emptiness. Mark and Shelly have been giving talks on this subject recently and will continue to use the book as a complementary text for

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Gail Iverson’s Reflections on Dana

We have the Buddha’s teachings on awakening due to the practice of generosity. Without the Indian tradition of giving alms to mendicants the Buddha would not have had the means to pursue his path to liberation. Over the past 2500

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Sue Cochrane’s Four favorite Dharma Quotes

Sue Cochrane came to Common Ground over fifteen years ago to learn mindfulness– she was facing her first serious cancer diagnosis while parenting three young boys and working in her judicial career. When Sue first came to Common Ground she

Meditation Instructions from Sayadaw U Tejaniya

Practice instructions from Sayadaw U Tejaniya, a Burmese meditation teacher and monk whose teachings have been influencing Mark Nunberg and other teachers in our tradition. Mark will be basing his Weekly Practice Group talks off of Sayadaw’s teachings. Here are more

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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

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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