Weekly Email 5-17-21

Dear Common Ground Friends,

One of the benefits of working at Common Ground is that I get to witness generosity in so many ways, as it flows in and out of the center, in the form of our teachers’ teachings, community group facilitators creating opportunities to connect, volunteers freely offering their time and expertise to support the operations of the center and its development, and community members freely offering donations to support the teachers, staff, and operating expenses. It’s truly an awe-inspiring ecosystem of generosity, one with many tendrils, roots, and flowers. I hope we can all touch into that, in whatever way we’re participating in it, and feel nourished by this flow of goodness we are a part of, each in our own way. This is the refuge of sangha: the sense of a shared field of aspiration and commitment that’s bigger than ourselves. May we all find ways to tap into this circle of giving and receiving. If you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer for Common Ground, you might consider either cooking for the upcoming work retreat at Prairie Farm or going out to volunteer; there are still spots available May 31st – Jun 5th. Contact me or see below for more details on both those opportunities.


Gabe Keller Flores
Office Manager

Upcoming Program Highlights


  • STACY MCCLENDON & MARK NUNBERG lead the weekly Community Practice Check-In. 12:00-1:00pm. Zoom link here.
  • This week at the Truth & Justice Vigil we welcome SHANTÉ PARADIGM SMALLS, a teacher and student in Vajrayana/Tantric Buddhism, currently studying under Lama Rod Owens and Lama Justin von Bujdoss, co-founders of Bhumisparsha. 6:00-7:30pm. More info here. Zoom link here.

SHELLY GRAF will lead the Weekly Practice Group. 7:30-9:00pm. Zoom link here.
  • SHELLY GRAF leads the weekly Community Practice Check-In9:00-10:00am. Zoom link here. Today’s meeting and every other session will explore racism through an inquiry into whiteness and domination. All are welcome.
  • The bimonthly Black, Indigenous, People of Color Practice Group meets 6:30-8:00pm. Zoom link here.
JEAN HALEY & JANE RAUENHORST lead the Mindful Self-Compassion Practice Group, 7:00-8:30pm. Zoom link here.

Daylong Retreat with SHELLY GRAF & WYNN FRICKE. More info and registration here.

  • SHELLY GRAF will lead the Weekly Practice Group. 10:30-11:45am. Zoom link here.
  • WYNN FRICKE & MARK NUNBERG lead the weekly Community Practice Check-In. 4:30-5:30pm. Zoom link here.
KAMALA MASTERS & STEVE ARMSTRONG will lead the Weekly Practice Group, 7:30-9:00pm. Zoom link here.
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.

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

Weekly Mindful Movement Programs
Mondays, 5:30-6:45pm: Yoga with Myra Rucker – Zoom link here
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45am: Yoga with Nancy Boler Level 2 – on Youtube
Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30: Qigong with Autumn Compton – on Youtube
Fridays, 9:30-10:45am: Yoga with Nancy Boler Level 1 – on Youtube

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 

Community Groups Meeting this Week

  • Be Queer Now Meditation Sangha, Wed. May 19th, 7:30-9:00pm. Zoom link here.
  • Refirement Community Group for Retirees, Thurs. May 20th, 12:00-2:00pm. Zoom link here.
  • Dharma Friends Sit & Discussion, Sun. May 23rd, 7:00-8:00pm, Zoom link here.
See the calendar for more info about these community groups.

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. The next public work day is Sat. May 22, 10am-12pm. Please bring a mask to wear when interacting with other community members.

Healing Our City
Mark Nunberg and Pamela Ayo Yetunde have participated in this city-wide initiativefeaturing teachers and leaders from around the Twin Cities and beyond offering support during the Chauvin trials and after.

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
If we can’t accept, we can’t
learn. So don’t try to change ex-
perience; don’t try to change the
process. Just try to be aware.

Thanks to The Daily Tejaniya for this quote

Spring continues at the CG garden!

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