Author: Scott Russell

Five Big Questions on Karma and Buddhism

When I think of karma, it’s usually in the context of an ill-chosen word of mine, or an unskillful act, or a plain-and-simple, flat-out, bone-headed decision. Then there is the gnawing sense that it’s something that will come back to

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Observations of a barely yogi

I recently finished my first residential retreat (a weekend) at the Christine Center, led by Steven Armstrong and Kamala Masters. I had anticipated the mental dullness and torpor and–for someone who likes to talk–the stress of being silent. Got that.

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Paul: Classroom practice and openness to unpredictability

This is the third of three conversations with Common Ground members about how they take their practice into the world. Scroll down for the first two conversations. Paul Sackaroff, an English teacher at Columbia Heights High School, first got interested

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Cindy: Garden practice and the hindrance patch

This is the second of three conversations with Common Ground members about how they take their practice into the world. Scroll down for the first installment, titled “Patrice: Prison practice and letting go.” For my second conversation, I had a

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Three cups of tea and lessons in taking the practice into the world

I was at Target one recent day, shopping and musing about the blog. I bumped into Patrice Koelsch and asked her about her prison volunteer work. I thought it would make an interesting story. Patrice said that her prison work

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First impressions: Reflections on the new digs

The first thing that hit me when I entered the new Common Ground building was the stones. I love the little stones. I had been in the building several times while it was a work in progress. I was ready

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