Author: Kevin Bjorklund

Dear Common Ground Friends, Shantideva, a ninth-century Buddhist monk said, “We who are like senseless children shrink from suffering, but love its causes.” One way we can go beyond this neurotic contradiction is by valuing the sensitivity of our hearts. …

Weekly Email 6-21-21 Read More »

COVID-19 protocol for Phase 2 of our reopening, to begin Monday, July 5th: Two core values guiding Common Ground’s administrative decision making throughout the pandemic have been non-harming as well as maintaining our commitment to accessibility and inclusion. Balancing these …

Weekly Email 6-16-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Today, I worked most of the day at Common Ground starting with a meeting this morning with Mark Nunberg, socially distanced in the community room. It felt good to be back in our practice space…and a little …

Weekly Email 6-7-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Welcome to June Everyone, Isn’t it remarkable that our swirling world of causes and conditions continues to unfold, unceasingly! How many times this past year did June 2021 seem so very far away? It is now …

Weekly Email 6-1-21 Read More »

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 …

Weekly Email 5/24/21 Read More »

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, …

Weekly Email 5-17-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, I trust that some of you were able to attend the online graduation ceremony on Friday for Common Ground’s Associate Director and beloved teacher Shelly Graf. Shelly was part of a cohort of 20 inspiring teachers …

Weekly Email 5-10-21 Read More »

Hi Everyone, What does a peaceful heart look like, feel like in a world where there is so much suffering, injustice, and uncertainty? It can seem that ease of heart is unavailable and even inappropriate until we are done fixing …

Weekly Email 4-26-2021 Read More »

Hi Common Ground friends, Today we will feel a lot of things, not unlike most days, but perhaps as we await the jury’s verdict, we will be acutely aware of the vast terrain of the heart, today. The sensitivity of the heart …

Weekly Email 4-20-2021 Read More »

Hi Common Ground friends,  Many of us woke up this morning to learn of the killing of Mr. Daunte Wright, a likely unarmed black man, by local police. Much remains unknown at this time, but it remains painfully clear that …

Weekly Email 4-12-2021 Read More »