Category: Teachings & Reflections

New Weekly Practice Group Book: Ajahn Sucitto’s Meditation: A Way of Awakening

Hi everyone, Mark Nunberg is now using Ajahn Sucitto’s book Meditation: A Way of Awakening, for the Weekly Practice Groups. You can download a copy of the book here.

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An Experience with A Twist of View

By Rebecca Fahey Oh what joy to have the rug pulled out from under me!  It looks like the rug, “my” rug, was the magic carpet constructed by a child’s need.  I’m learning to appreciate and celebrate the child’s ability

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Some resources on trans*competence

Hi everyone, I’d like to share with you some resources on trans*competence as a way to encourage us all to continue to develop our capacity to be inclusive and welcoming at the center. Let me know if you have any

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Two Dharma Poems

These two poems were read on Sunday night. Thanks to Rick and Megan for sharing!   Untitled Poem by Rick Carlson Open the heart. There is treasure buried here: Love beyond belief! Earth and sky are one – just like

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CG Teacher Patrice Koelsch featured in Strib

Our very own Patrice Koelsch was featured in an article in the Star Tribune recently, about her work bringing mindfulness meditation to people in correctional facilities. Much mudita (appreciative joy) and gratitude to Patrice for her beautiful gift to the

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The Gifts of Uncertain Times

Kaia Svien recently gave a talk at the center entitled “Bringing the Gifts of Uncertain Times into Your Daily Practice”, about relating to climate change. She wanted to share some of Joanna Macy’s teachings that inspired her talk.   Joanna Macy’s list

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Reflection from the Antiracism circle

This reflection was written by Roseanne after week 3 of the antiracism circle.   It’s difficult to write a reflection for Session 3. I mean, it was tough to see and hear the people who had been directly harmed so

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The 5 Precepts and Antiracism

Common Ground Community Discussion on Using the 5 Precepts to Support Anti-Racism About 20 community members, led by facilitators Shelly Graf and Nora Murphy, met on Sunday March 5th to begin developing collective wisdom around using the 5 precepts as supports

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Racism in Minnesota

This week in the antiracism circle, we looked at some of the historical and structural underpinnings of racism in this country, and in particular in Minnesota. The Dakota and Anishinaabe people were subject to violence and dispossession of their lands,

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Reflection on Antiracism circle from Erica Schultz

For the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to participate in ASDIC, an antiracism workshop with approximately 28 other members of the Common Ground community including our staff. We are meeting for four hours on Monday mornings over

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