Author: Kevin Bjorklund

Dear Common Ground Community, With the renewal of Spring, we want to share a few upcoming volunteer opportunities to prepare the center for another year of practice. There are so many ways to give and volunteering can be a beautiful …

Weekly Email 4-19-22 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, Here’s another poem inspired by the Therigatha, creatively and beautifully written by Matty Weingast from his book, The First Free Women. The Therigatha, often translated as Verses of the Elder Nuns, is a powerful little book …

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Dear Common Ground Community, We want to thank Brian Young for joining the Common Ground Board of Directors at our annual meeting on March 20th. At this meeting we also said goodbye to Board Chair Ramesh Sairam and Board Director …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Cultivating a lifestyle of mindful awareness is challenging because we are going against the stream of our conditioning that values distraction, superficiality, and fixed views. Although difficult, the practice is simple. We are learning to wisely …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, As many of you know, since the beginning of the pandemic, Common Ground has had the good fortune to be guided in our response by 2 doctor practitioners, Ramesh Sairam and Steve Hilson. I am very …

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Dear Common Ground Friends,   As of today, March 16, 2022, Common Ground has dropped its mask and vaccine requirements following the recommendations of the CDC, the MN Department of Health, and our two Doctor consultants, Steve Hillson, Ramesh Sairam. …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Today I’d like to share with you a poem (below) from the book of poetry called The First Free Women, by Matty Weingast. Matty’s poetry was inspired by the Therigatha, which┬áis a short book of poems …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh was affectionately called, transitioned to a new realm on January 22, 2022, dropping his 95-year-old body, and ending over seven decades of teaching mindfulness and peace. Thay began his long life …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, The Buddha said spiritual friendship is the whole of the holy life and that he saw no other condition that is as supportive for our spiritual development than the support of wise friends. By wise friends …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I want to invite us all to take some time in an ongoing way to acknowledge the Asian roots of the teachings that provide the foundation of our center and that have benefited us in so …

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