Year: 2016

Community Member and Festival Performer Ellis’ Reflections on Racism and Awareness

Hi friends! Our dear community member and festival performer Ellis recently posted some reflections on racism and awareness that we thought we’d share with you!

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Dear friend and teacher Nicole Taras’ passing

August 3, 2016 To Our Beloved Common Ground Community, Yesterday, our dear friend, teacher and leader Nicole Taras passed away after a long and difficult struggle with respiratory illness. Several of us met with Nicole on Sunday afternoon two days before her

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 9­-3­-16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought­World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo Chapter 16, Knowledge and Vision according to Reality Sections to be read out loud: Second full paragraph p. 185 through second full paragraph p. 186 Second full paragraph p. 187 through second full paragraph p. 188 1st full paragraph p. 189 through 1st full paragraph p. 190 Discussion Theme: This month we are asked to unpack the experience of insight ­ knowledge and vision according to reality. Although an intellectual understanding of what the Buddha taught is helpful, the teachings and practices are pointing to a deepening illumination of the underlying dynamic, non­conceptual and impersonal nature of experiencing (‘Experiencing’, although more awkward sounding, is perhaps a better word than the more static word ‘experience’.) This awakening arises because of a direct and continuous non­conceptual knowing of both the objects and attitudes that are arising and passing. Overtime, wise mindful awareness transforms the mind’s relationship to and dependence on all mental constructions. With practice, the mind views thoughts as natural phenomena, unworthy of attachment or enchantment. Concepts and ideas are seen as limited ­ not a cause for lasting happiness. Venerable Analayo gives examples from the Buddha’s teachings of how each insight or opening comes with greater demands to continue this process of being aware to what has yet to be seen clearly enough. In words, this process of awakening is described by the Buddha in terms of the twelve insights found in the four noble truths teaching, or a deepening of insight into the three characteristics. But actually this process of awakening is a coming to know oneself, as it actually is. Venerable Analayo explains this on pages 189­190. Our task is to abandon all ideas of self (mundane through sublime) in favor of what wise continuous attention reveals as the truth. Let’s commit to this noble work, let’s remember that we can always begin again.

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Want to be in a film about mindfulness and work?

Rikshaw Films will be filming an educational video at Common Ground about Mindfulness and Well-being and they’re looking for five professionals to share their stories. More information below. CASTING NOTICE – Rikshaw Films

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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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 8-6-16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 15, Equanimity/Upekkha Sections to be read outloud: 15.2 Top of page 167 through the third paragraph on p. 169 15.3

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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 7-2-16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 14, Happiness/Sukha Sections to be read outloud: 14.2 Beginning at bottom of p. 156 (To train the mind requires….) until

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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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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 7-2-16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 14, Happiness/Sukha Sections to be read outloud: 14.2 Beginning at bottom of p. 156 (To train the mind requires….) until

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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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