Supporting the Center

The Practice of Generosity at Common Ground

Continuing in the tradition of Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia, all programs at Common Ground are offered free of charge in the spirit of generosity. This offering is possible because of the generosity of people like you—from the Buddha on down to all the people in our community—who contribute their practice, time, and financial resources to support the continuation of the center.


If you wish to make a financial contribution to Common Ground, you may leave a donation in the dana bowl in the entrance to the center, or mail your gift to: Common Ground Meditation Center, 2700 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406. You may also donate using our credit card reader in the lobby, or online (see below). Scheduling a regular electronic deduction from your bank account helps simplify the center’s bookkeeping. If you’d like to do so, contact your bank for instructions, then get the center’s account information by emailing Lastly, if you have a PayPal account you can send a donation directly to


Generosity or “dana” as spiritual practice invites us to explore the effects of giving and receiving freely. Mindful giving and receiving frees the heart of clinging. It is an opportunity to see fear, greed, and confusion, as well as the basic goodness of a generous act, which leads to both joy and wisdom.

Because each person’s circumstances are different, we do not provide suggested donations or constant reminders to give. The center, however, is completely dependent on your gifts. Your contributions pay for all the center’s expenses: maintaining the center’s building, our administrative staff, and Mark Nunberg’s support as the Guiding Teacher. Other teachers at the center receive support based on the contributions offered at their programs; they receive two-thirds and the other third is used to support the Center’s operations.

More reflections on generosity: An article by Mark Nunberg, Generosity: The Art of Being Happy. 
Reflections and stories from teachers and community members.


Volunteering is another way to express generosity. Volunteers take care of most day-to-day operations at the center, such as: cleaning, maintenance, audio recording, tech support, gardening, snow removal, and office work. Please email or fill out this form if you have time and skills you would like to contribute.


To make a gift online, either specify a one-time donation or a recurring donation in the form below.

Payments are processed through Paypal and you can donate without having a Paypal account.

  Please designate your gift to one of the teachers or funds listed below.

Common Ground’s general fund pays for Mark Nunberg’s livelihood as Guiding Teacher, the office staff, and building expenses. All our teachers besides Mark Nunberg receive their support from people who give on the day of their program or who designate their gift afterwards. These teachers receive two-thirds of the donations given; the rest goes to support Common Ground’s operating costs.

Teachers:  Mark Nunberg, Louis Alemayehu, Nancy Boler, Cheri Desmond-May, Jean Fagerstrom, Wynn Fricke, Shelly Graf, Jean Haley, Alex Haley, Nils Heymann, Gail Iverson, Emil J, Kyoko Katayama, Gabe Keller-Flores, Patrice Koelsch, Spruce Krause, Jane Rauenhorst, Myra Rucker, Ramesh Sairam, Sharon Sebring, Merra Young

Funds: General, Retreat at Prairie Farm, Youth Programs

** All donations to Common Ground are tax deductible **

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