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. All donations to Common Ground are tax-deductible.


To make a gift online, either specify a one-time donation or a recurring donation in the form below. Payments are processed through Paypal; you can donate without having a Paypal account.

It’s important to make sure you designate your gift correctly. Otherwise, your donation won’t support the teachers or fund you intended. Please enter the name of the teacher(s) whose program you attended. 2/3 of the donation supports the teacher and 1/3 support the operations of the center. Here is a list of teachers and funds at the center. 

  • Yoga Teachers:  Myra Rucker, Nancy Boler
  • Qigong Teachers: Steve Compton, Autumn Compton, Mark Nunberg
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers: Jane Rauenhorst & Jean Haley
  • Weekly Practice Group Teachers: Mark Nunberg, Shelly Graf, Wynn Fricke
  • Mindfulness, Recovery, and Twelve Steps Teachers: Charlie Borden, Gail Iverson, April Hanson
  • Practitioners of Color Practice Group Teachers: Stacy McClendon, Meski Mebatsion, Femi Akinnagbe
  • For EcoSangha meetings, enter “EcoSangha”
  • Funds: “General Fund” or “Prairie Farm”

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  • Mailing a check. You may mail your gift to: Common Ground Meditation Center, 2700 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406. Be sure to write the name of the teacher on the memo line.
  • 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
  • Sending money with PayPal.  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. Please email or fill out this form if you have time and skills you would like to contribute.