Author: Kevin Bjorklund

Dear Common Ground Friends, Open House for our Retreat Center Neighbors in the Prairie Farm, Wisconsin Area Common Ground is finally hosting a long-delayed open house at our retreat property in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 23 from 11:30 …

Weekly Email 10-12-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Being steadfast with what our own experience has taught us is beneficial is the cause for real peace and happiness. Each of us has to learn how to plant and cultivate seeds of peace and happiness; no …

Weekly Email 10-5-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, This week I’ve been inspired by a talk given many years ago by Ajahn Thaniya, now Willa Thaniya Reid, at Insight Meditation Society  in which she elaborates about the power of aspiration to guide our lives, saying …

Weekly Email 9-30-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Recently, I have been deeply appreciating the Buddha’s teachings and practices, and this community that I have the privilege to practice with. Without this practice, my life would be unimaginably harder. Because of this practice and …

Weekly Email 9-22-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, After careful consideration, Common Ground has decided that in addition to requiring that all participants wear masks at both the city center and at Common Ground Retreat Center in Prairie Farm, WI, we are also now …

Weekly Email 9-15-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, Our lives are characterized by change and uncertainty. This truth doesn’t have to be seen as a personal threat or a problem that we are supposed to fix. Rather it can be simply the way that …

Weekly Email 9-7-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, One powerful story in the Buddhist tradition centers Kisa Gotami. After losing her only child, Kisa Gotami’s grief was unimaginable, so unimaginable that she couldn’t accept that her child was gone. Instead she went from person to person …

Weekly Email 8/31/21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, Moral sensitivity is our wish to live in harmony even when this requires more exposure to uncertainty and real or perceived risks. Our human existence seems to be a tender dance where our instincts for certainty and …

Weekly Email 8/25/21 Read More »

Greetings Friends, I’m happy to be back from 6 weeks away which included both personal retreat and a little teaching both virtually with Kamala Masters and Joseph Goldstein as well as a lovely in person retreat with Keri Pederson and …

Weekly Email 8-16-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, In the early Buddhist teachings there is a strong emphasis on developing the spiritual skills needed to keep one’s heart established with an attitude of friendliness. We call this meditative training metta practice. One of my teachers …

Weekly Email 8-10-2021 Read More »