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 »

Supporting the Teacher and Common Ground Meditation Center All programs at Common Ground are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. If you’d like to support the center and the teacher’s livelihood visit: https://commongroundmeditation.org/about/supporting-the-center/. The Study of Wise Effort These …

Resources for Weekly Practice Group with Mark Nunberg August 2021 Read More »

America is built on commerce. The original industrialists turned natural resources & human labor into fortunes, empires and power. The result was a widespread prosperity never before seen on planet earth. Today, every homeowner lives in their own private piggy …

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Greetings Everyone, As you may know, the CDC recently issued new guidance regarding mask-wearing, even for vaccinated people, in areas of high virus transmission, due to new evidence on the delta variant currently circulating in the United States. Hennepin County …

Weekly Email 8-2-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Mindfulness is all about cultivating a continuous present-moment awareness. We train in persistence: a willingness to begin over and over again. This training is overseen by the wise and kind heart that appreciates how difficult it …

Weekly Email 7-27-21 Read More »

Hi everyone, I’m passing along a request from a community member: My name is Amy and I foster Baymax, a 3 year old Great Pyrenees, for the Northstar Great Pyrenees Rescue of Minnesota.  Baymax has endured extreme abuse, neglect and …

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Greetings Friends, The Buddha taught that all conditions are impermanent, unsatisfactory, and not-self, and that in aligning with these truths, our hearts can let go of clinging and know deep peace. This process of our hearts reckoning and coming into …

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