Dear Common Ground Community, We are living in a time when our economy and much of our politics depends on our hearts’ susceptibility to being activated. Our habits and instincts have evolved to respond to stimuli. The practice question is, …

Weekly Email 9/22/20 Read More »

Hi folks, We’re sharing this online event from Ujaama Place, an organization that Judith Ragir, Guiding Teacher of Clouds in Water Zen Center, is part of. She writes: “It is a non-for-profit that provides a wholistic transformation process for African-American …

Ujaama Place Virtual Breakfast Event on Oct 8th Read More »

Dear Community Members, It’s a beautiful fall day as I look out the window in my cozy bedroom here at Prairie Farm. In some ways, I feel like this had become a second home for me this past summer. Due …

Reflections on My Time at Prairie Farm – Brenda Shepherd Read More »

Hi friends, Here are a couple of resources Mark mentioned in his talk on Sunday, for your reference: LONG LIVE IMPERMANENCE by Thich Nhat Hanh How We Can Reconnect with Each Other and the Planet During Crisis: Interview with Lama Rod Owens …

Resources from Mark’s talk on 9/13/20 Read More »

  Join our Email List Greetings Friends, I hope you are well. Our world and country and city are hurting these days, and we are sensitive and hurt as well. How are you finding ways to connect with goodness, with …

Weekly Email 9/14/20 Read More »

New CG Community RAG ( Racial Affinity Group) for Bu-Jews. Examining Privilege, Oppression, and Civic Engagement for Buddhist-Jewish practitioners. This community group is for white- male- Buddhist-Jews who are interested in understanding the intersection of race, ethnicity, and privilege.  Specifically, …

New Racial Affinity Group for Male Buddhist-Jews Read More »

Grace and The Great Turning   When you act on behalf Of something greater than yourself, you begin to feel it acting through you with a power greater than your own.   This is grace.   Today, as we take …

Joanna Macy Poem: Grace and The Great Turning Read More »

One of the many benefits of the plantings and stone work that Laura Molde and her crew recently completed, is the chance to care for the garden. Early each morning as the sun rises over Prairie Farm I position and …

Opening the Heart at Prairie Farm Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends,   It is so easy for us to overlook the peace and unstained openness here and now, because the confusion and meanness that swirls in our world and in our hearts is so compelling. It gets all our attention. …

Weekly Email 9/2/20 Read More »

August 25th, 2020 Greetings Friends, The book, The First Free Women, Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns, is the latest iteration of the collected voices of awakened women at the time of the Buddha. In the introduction, Bhikkhuni Anandabodhi writes, There are …

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