Weekly Email 8-24-22

Dear Common Ground Friends,

Shelly, Robin and I have been reflecting on all that is moving in our world, knowing that there are folks in our community facing difficult times. Over the 29 years the center has been in operation, we have created and recreated a Community Care Committee many times. It is time again to ask if there are folks in the community who have the time and skills to help serve those in the community who are asking for help. This group of volunteers might bring a meal, drive someone to the doctor, help a family set up a CaringBridge website or a GoFundMe page. Sometimes folks in the community simply need someone to talk or walk with, someone who knows how to listen. Please let our Office Manager Robin Major know if you would like to be involved in this kind of service to those in our community.

May the Deepest Wisdom and Love Guide and Protect Us All,
Mark Nunberg
Co-Guiding Teacher

Volunteer Opportunity: Community Cares Committee
We are looking for new leaders to rekindle the Community Care Committee, a group dedicated to supporting those in need. If interested, please reach out to our Office Manager Robin Major at robin@commongroundmeditation.org.

Community Potluck!
Sunday, September 11th
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Come celebrate our community together! Bring a dish to share and perhaps a folding chair or blanket to sit on in the garden. Childcare will be offered from 10:30am – 2:00pm (including childcare during Mark Nunberg’s Sunday Morning Practice Group before the potluck begins at noon).

Click here if you’d like to volunteer during the event.

An online lunch for the Zoom community will run from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Weekly Programs
To view our entire list of programs and to access Zoom links to participate in online programs, please visit the online calendar

Weekly Practice Groups

  • Sunday mornings, 10:30-11:45am in-person and on Zoom with Mark Nunberg
  • Sunday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm in-person with Mark Nunberg
    • August 28th with Patrice Koelsch
    • September 4th with Jean Haley
  • Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm on Zoom with Shelly Graf
Monthly Practice Groups
  • Friday, August 26th, 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom, Lovingkindness with Stacy McClendon; *Lovingkindness will no longer be offered on the fourth Friday beginning in September. Starting in September however, Stacy will alternate with Mark in leading the group on the first Friday of the month. See calendar for details. 
  • First Fridays, 7-8:30pm on Zoom, Lovingkindness with Mark Nunberg and Stacy Mcclendon

Community Practice Check-Ins

  • Sundays, 4:30-5:30pm with Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke, on Zoom
  • Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00pm with Stacy McClendon (Mark Nunberg joining on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month), on Zoom
  • Fridays, 9:00-10:00am with Shelly Graf, on Zoom
  • Every other Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm with Ramesh Sairam, on Zoom
  • Every first Tuesday of the month, 8:00-9:00am, with Mark Nunberg, in-person

Open Meditation
Join fellow community members for meditation practice in person or online, 7 days a week. Visit the calendar for times and details.

Yoga & Qigong
We offer Yoga and Qigong several times a week, both in person and online. Click here for times and details.

Mindfulness, Recovery, and the Twelve Steps
Meets every Friday, 7:00-8:30pm.
In-person and on Zoom
Visit the calendar for Zoom link


Upcoming Programs: Online Only

To see full list of programs and access Zoom links for online programs visit our calendar.

MBSR-Based Mindfulness Practice with Nancy Boros, Robb Reed, and Jean Fagerstrom
Mondays, 12:00 -1:00pm

InterPlay with Spruce Krause
Thursday, September 8th | 7:00 -8:30pm

Mindful Self-Compassion Practice Group with Jean Haley and Jane Rauenhorst
Friday, August 26th | 7:00 -8:30pm


Upcoming Programs: In Person/Hybrid at Common Ground
To see full list of programs visit our calendar

Young Adult Daylong Retreat
with Meg Brandeland and Gabe Keller Flores

Saturday, August 27th | 9:30am – 4:00pm
In-person and on Zoom
Info and registration here

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
with Mark Nunberg & Meski Mebatasion

Four Tuesdays: September 6th -27th | 7:00 – 8:30pm
In-person and on Zoom
Info and registration here

Buddhist Studies: Relating Wisely with the Hindrances
with Shelly Graf & Mark Nunberg

Six Mondays, September 12 – October 17th
7:30 – 9:00 p.m
In-person and on Zoom
Info and registration here

Half-Day Retreat with Shelly Graf
Saturday, September 17th | 9:00am – 12:00pm
In-person and on Zoom
Info and registration here

Daylong Retreat with Kevin Griffin: 
Wrestling with the Buddha: Reflections on the Anapanasati Sutta

Saturday, September 24th | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Info and registration here

Half-Day Retreat with Kevin Griffin:
Dharma & Recovery

Sunday, September 25th | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
For Recovery Community Only
Info and registration here

Bringing our Practice into the World with Hugh Byrne
Friday, September 30th | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Info and registration here

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for the BIPOC Community
with Stacy McClendon, Jen Racho, & Meski Mebatsion

4 Tuesdays: October 4th – 25th | 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Info and registration here

Upcoming In-Person/Hybrid Programs at our Retreat Center
Common Ground Retreat Center is located in Wisconsin, about an hour-and-fifteen-minute drive from Minneapolis. More information and registration for the following programs can be found here


Labor Day Retreat with Mark Nunberg & Shelly Graf
6:15pm Sunday, August 28th – 10:30am Monday, September 5th

Tranquility & Insight with Nils Heymann
Assisted by Gabe Keller Flores
5:30pm Thursday, September 22nd – 2:00pm Sunday, September 25th

Practice Periods:

Practice Period with Louise Delagran & Jen Stewart
5:00pm Thursday, September 29th – 2:00pm Sunday, October 2nd.

Practice Period for BIPOC Practitioners with Jen Racho & Arleta Little
5:00pm Thursday, October 13th – 2:00pm Sunday, October 16th

Practice Period with Tracey Ghilardi & Kerry Dunn
5:00pm Thursday, October 27th – 2:00pm Sunday, October 30th

For more upcoming Practice Periods, click here.

In addition to these weekend retreats, we also offer public drop-in groups on select Wednesdays at the retreat center, 6:30-7:45pm.

  • First Wednesday of the month: Community Group led by Matthew King and other practice leaders
  • Third Wednesday of the month: Monthly Practice Group with Mark Nunberg and guest teachers
More info about these Wednesday night programs here.

The Practice of Generosity

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.

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

Current Volunteer Needs 
Please contact Robin Major at robin@commongroundmeditation.org if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities:

  • Community Potluck on Sunday, September 11th: If you would like to volunteer for childcare, set-up or clean-up, enter your name and email here.
  • Children’s Program: We are looking for a couple folks to help lead the revitalization of the children’s program. Please email a letter of interest to Robin.
  • Wishlist items: Please let us know if you would like to donate any of these items: high quality area wool rugs for the Retreat Center, one bookshelf

Community News 

Upcoming Community Group Meetings:

  • Be Queer Now, weekly on Wednesday, 7:30-9:00pm
  • Mindfulness & Depression, Sunday, September 4th, 4:00-5:30pm
  • Millenials Sangha, Friday, August 26th, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color Community Group, Thursday September 1st, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Community Group for Organizers & Social Justice Activists, Thursday September 8th, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Buddhism & Other Religions Book Group, Saturday, September 10th, 9:00 – 10:15am
  • Refirement Community Group for Retirees, Thursday September 15th, 12:00-2:00pm

View public calendar for Zoom links and more information.
To see the complete list of community groups, click here.

Weekly Tejaniya

To remember our awakened
nature is the very heart
of this practice.
 Thanks to The Daily Tejaniya for this quote

Common Ground's Dharma Leadership Training graduates and friends

Common Ground’s Dharma Leadership Training graduates (and friends!) reunite last weekend. From left to right (beginning with top row): Stacy McClendon, Robin Major, Meski Mebatsion, Shelly Graf, Kyoko Katayama, scottie hall, Louise Alemayehu, Gail Iverson, Gabe Keller Flores, Sarah Wilson, Femi Akinnagbe


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