Our friends at Clouds in Water Zen Center have organized a time for Buddhists to gather up north at one of the frontline, Indigenous-led camps resisting the construction of the Line 3 pipeline. Learn more in this blog post from …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Hi Everyone, Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the healing power of spiritual friendship. The Buddha once said that spiritual friendship is the whole of spiritual life. It is helpful to remember moments of being deeply …

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End of Life, a 6-Session Radio Series (Jan 22nd- Mar 7) Our Sangha member, Ellen Hufschmidt, has been active in producing this Two Harbors, MN community radio program. She is the show’s lead interviewee. People can go to KTWH.ORG to …

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Hi everyone, This week Shelly and I are recommending two episodes of the podcast Ten Percent Happier. One is with Jenny Odell, author of the excellent book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, and the other is with …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of attention lately. Where we put attention, how we put attention; it really defines our reality. We can think of attention as the most precious resource we have available to …

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Good morning everyone, This week Shelly and I would like to recommend some resources on mindfulness and racial justice: This Friday, Feb 5th at 1:30pm central time Pamela Ayo Yetunde will speak at an online UMN event entitled Call and …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I recently read an article by Ajahn Succito that inspired me to explore more deeply what he calls “the inner tyrant”. We all know the inner tyrant, expressed in the urgings and preoccupations of incessant self …

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Hi everyone, There’s so much good Dharma out there these days now that everything is online. It can be hard to sift through it all or know where to start! I find the recommendation of a trusted Dharma friend a …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Sometimes we can get the impression that Buddhist practice is mostly about learning how to relate wisely to the suffering in life. But the tools and insights that come with our awareness practices also help us …

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Greetings Friends, On Monday, we paused to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, a Baptist minister whom we might call an heir of the Buddha. The messages of both of these wise beings point us …

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