Weekly Email 5/24/21

Dear Common Ground Friends,

In his book, Collecting Gold Dust: Nurturing the Dhamma in Daily Life, Sayadaw U Tejaniya reminds us of the importance of taking time often to reflect on how we’re living and practicing. He reminds us that questions such as “what am I doing?” or “what is special or different today?” are questions that help us clarify our intentions and re-orient us in the direction of our deepest values. He says, “reviewing what goes on in the mind is the work of wisdom”. We strengthen wholesome qualities of heart/mind when we remember and feel good about those moments we acted from a place of goodness and care. We grow in our capacity to act with greater care the next time we encounter challenges as well. Skillful reflection is the activity of wisdom. Lets make some time for that together.

Please join us this Wednesday night for an evening with Common Ground’s beloved friends and dhamma teachers, Kamala Masters and Steve Armstrong. Kamala and Steve will be leading the Wednesday night practice group that starts at 7:30p.m. (zoom link below). All are welcome.

Finally, Google is experiencing some technical difficulties which are impacting customers across the nation. You might have already noticed that our public calendar is not consistently functional. While we work with Google to resolve this matter, please flag and reference this email for links to ALL of our program offerings this week.

peace,

Shelly Graf
Associate Director


Upcoming Program Highlights

We’ve received many messages alerting us to the fact that our calendar is not displaying on the website. It turns out this is an issue on Google’s end, that they are trying to resolve. It appears that the calendars are only viewable if you are signed into a Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, we are sharing the Zoom links for this week’s programs below and on the calendar webpage. Links to attend the programs are underlined in brown.

Blue Programs are Teacher-Led
Green Programs are Peer-Led
Purple Programs are Mindful Movement programs

Monday, May 24th

  • Open Meditation with Mark Nunberg. An opportunity to practice meditation with other Common Ground community members, 6:30-7:15am, Zoom In
  • Open Meditation. A silent meditation practice with Common Ground members and an optional practice check in, 7:30-8:30am, Zoom In
  • Mindful Yoga Practice with Myra Rucker. A weekly yoga pose practice to consciously cultivate a wholesome, joyful connection with the body, 5:30-6:45pm. Zoom link here.
Tuesday, May 25th

  • Open Meditation with Wynn Fricke. An opportunity to practice meditation with other Common Ground community members, 6:30-7:15am, Zoom In
  • Open Meditation. A silent meditation practice with Common Ground members and an optional practice check in, 7:30-8:30am, Zoom In
  • Mindful Yoga Level II with Nancy Boler. Class meant for those who have attended Level I and are ready to move into more challenging poses, 9:30-10:45am, on Youtube
  • Community Practice Check-In with Mark Nunberg and Stacy McClendon. Guided meditation and then Q&A about our practice, 12:00-1:00pm, Zoom In
  • Truth & Justice Vigil with Myokei Caine-Barrett. A compassionate and grounding practice dedicated to staying present and fully awake in the face of police brutality, and direction on how to remain guided by love and wisdom all the while, 6:00-7:30pm. Zoom link here.
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Mark Nunberg, 5 Tuesdays remaining in this weekly course, 7:30-9:00pm. Zoom In
  • Open Meditation, A silent meditation practice with Common Ground members and an optional time to greet each other, 9:15-9:45pm, Zoom In
Wednesday, May 26th
  • Open Meditation with Gabe Keller Flores. An opportunity to practice meditation with other Common Ground community members, 6:30-7:15am, Zoom In
  • Open Meditation. A silent meditation practice with Common Ground members and an optional practice check in, 7:30-8:30am, Zoom In
  • Qigong with Autumn Compton. Qigong is a deeply satisfying and healing practice that integrates mindful awareness, breath, and movement. This practice develops relaxation, concentration, and vitality, 9:30-10:30am on Youtube
  • Zoom Tea Time. Extra time to connect with other community members before the weekly practice group, 7:00-7:20pm, Zoom In
  • Weekly Practice Group with Kamala Masters and Steve Armstrong. A cornerstone for one’s practice by providing ongoing instruction and teachings that will help illuminate the simple but challenging practice of mindfulness, 7:30-9:00pm. Zoom link here.
Thursday, May 27th

  • Open Meditation with Nancy Boler. An opportunity to practice meditation with other Common Ground community members, 6:30-7:15am, Zoom In
  • Open Meditation. A silent meditation practice with Common Ground members and an optional practice check in, 7:30-8:30am, Zoom In
  • Practice Check-In with Shelly GrafPlease join in for a short grounding exercise before we begin a community conversation/Q&A about our practice, 9:00-10:00am, Zoom In
  • Open Meditation. A silent meditation practice with Common Ground members and an optional time to greet each other, 8:30-9:00pm, Zoom In

Friday, May 28th

  • Open Meditation with Sarah Wilson. An opportunity to practice meditation with other Common Ground community members, 6:30-7:15am, Zoom In
  • Open Meditation. A silent meditation practice with Common Ground members and an optional practice check in, 7:30-8:30am, Zoom In
  • Mindful Yoga Practice Level I with Nancy Boler. A weekly yoga pose practice to consciously cultivate a wholesome, joyful connection with the body, 9:30-10:45am, Youtube
  • Lovingkindness Practice Group with Stacy McClendon. This weekly practice group is for people interested in developing the heart by training in the four beautiful emotions of lovingkindness (metta), compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity, 7:00-8:30pm, Zoom In
  • Mindfulness, Recovery, and the Twelve Steps. This ongoing program is for those seeking spiritual development by practicing the principles of the Twelve Steps and the Buddha’s teachings in everyday life. 7:00-8:30pm, Zoom In
Saturday, May 29th
  • Open Meditation with Ramesh Sairam. An opportunity to practice meditation with other Common Ground community members, 6:30-7:15am, Zoom In
Sunday, May 30th
  • Open Meditation with Gail Iverson. An opportunity to practice meditation with other Common Ground community members, 9:00-9:45am, Zoom In
  • Community Practice Check-In with Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke. Please join in for a guided meditation and Community conversation and Q&A about our practice. Everyone is welcome, 4:30-5:30pm, Zoom In
Monday, June 7th – Saturday, June 26th
Please consider joining us for our twice-annual Community Practice Intensive that will begin on Monday evening June 7th, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time, and will end with a Daylong Retreat on Saturday, June 26, 9:30-4 p.m. More info and registration here.

Saturday, June 12th
MARK NUNBERG leads a Half-Day Retreat, 1:00-5:00pm. More info and registration here.

Please note that all times listed are in Central time. This list of program highlights doesn’t include all our programs; for complete, up-to-date program information, visit the online calendar. We recommend you bookmark it for easy access during the week. You might also want to bookmark our Youtube channel. 

The Practice of Generosity

Continuing in the tradition of Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia, all programs at Common Ground, including these online programs, 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.

To learn how to support the center and our teachers, visit this page. Let us know if you have any questions.

 


Community News 

Looking for Video Editing Volunteer
We are looking for another volunteer to join our video editing team! This involves editing videos of our programs to be posted on our Youtube channel. Basic computer skills required but video editing experience not required; it’s pretty simple! Contact gabe@commongroundmeditation.org for more info.

Picnic With Buddhist/Isaiah Social Justice Group
Are you interested in adding social justice work to your Buddhist practice? Our multi-sangha ISAIAH affiliated Buddhist group is having an outdoor event Thursday May 27 from 6-8 at Newell Park in St Paul (on Pierce Butler Route just west of Snelling). We welcome ALL who are interested. More info here.

TCVC Retreat with Steve Armstrong & Kamala Masters
Our friends at Twin Cities Vipassana Collective are offering an online retreat with Steve and Kamala June 10th-13th. More info and registration here.

Community Survey
If you haven’t yet, please fill out this survey regarding your interest in in-person and online programming in the coming months.

Work Retreat at Prairie Farm May 31st – Jun 5th
We are looking for up to 7 volunteers to help out with a Prairie Farm work period. More info here. If you can’t make it but want to cook and freeze a meal for the work retreatants, please email gabe@commongroundmeditation.org. You can see a list of possible recipes here.

Garden Work Days this Summer
If you’re interested in helping out with Common Ground’s beautiful garden this year (in Minneapolis), please contact Kathleen (Keschuler47@gmail.com) to get on the garden team mailing list.

Buddhist Justice Reporter
Read articles from Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Shannon Gibney, Zenzele Isoke and others reflecting on the Chauvin trial.

Recent Blog Posts
Reflections from one community member’s family history
All blog posts here

Weekly Tejaniya
Patiently watch impatience. I myself
became more patient because I watched
impatience every time it arose.

Thanks to The Daily Tejaniya for this quote


Spring continues at the CG garden!

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