Year: 2016

Sutta Study Discussion Theme 6­-4-­16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought­ World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 13, Contemplating Vedana Sections to be read outloud: 13.1 Read whole section 13.2 Third & last two paragraphs 13.4

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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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Want to volunteer leading meditation at Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility?

We facilitate a meditation circle of up to 12 women every Saturday from 8:10 – 10:10 am. We also offer a half-day retreat once a quarter and a monthly meditation session on Sunday mornings, 9:00 – 10:00. Volunteers find this

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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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Sutta Study Discussion Theme 5-7-16

From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapters 12, Feeling/Vedana, pages 132 – 142 Sections to be read outloud: 12.1 The Nature of Feelings; 2nd paragraph on page

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New Monday Night Study Group

The Buddha’s Words Spiritual friends gather with the aim to explore the basic concepts of Early Buddhism that are exemplified through teachings handed down for over 2500 years, and discover how the Pali Canon gives expression to the universal truths

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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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Lottery Open for Next Sessions of Youth Programs

Hi Common Ground Families,   Registration for the lottery is open from now until March 23 for the children (K-3) and preteen (4-7) programs at Common Ground. To enter the lottery, send an email to or There is more

Memorial for Carroll Miller, Saturday 3/19 at 4pm

I have attached below a photo of Carroll Miller, a long time Common Ground community member who passed on suddenly last week. We’ll be having his memorial service this Saturday at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Let’s hold Carroll