Dear Friends, Sitting in the Dark Solstice: In just a few short weeks, the night will be the longest in the northern hemisphere. For most of us, when we get out of bed in the morning, it is still night …

Weekly Email 11-30-21 Read More »

Dear Dharma Friends, Like many of you, the Thanksgiving holiday can be a time for honest reflection that includes honoring the abundance of goodness in and around me, as well as aligning with the truth of harm that is caused …

Weekly Email 11-24-21 Read More »

Dear Dharma Friends, In these contentious times, I find myself turning toward the Five Training Precepts of Non-Harming: refraining from intentional injury; refraining from taking anything that is not freely given; refraining from misusing sexuality; refraining from false or injurious …

Weekly Email 11-17-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, The oak trees in my backyard have released almost all of their golden leaves. When the wind gusts, the leaves are birds in joyful flight until one by one, they gently land on the grass. They …

Weekly Email 11-8-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, As this election cycle closes many of us might, whether we’re happy or sad about the results, many of us have questions about the effects of our collective actions and where we’re headed together.  It has …

Weekly Email 11-4-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, I will be on retreat for the last three weeks of November and then teaching at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts for the month of December. People are sometimes confused by the emphasis placed on retreat …

Weekly Email 10-26-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, There is a gigantic oak tree right outside my window where I work these days. As I look beyond it into the skyscape, shades of yellow, green, and orange abound. Change is imminent and all around …

Weekly Email 10-20-21 Read More »

Thanks to everyone who helped on last week’s Work Day. We got a lot done thanks to all of you. The tent is down and already at Prairie Farm. We have a new solar light in the parking lot. The …

Heartfelt Gratitude from Jeffrey Swainhart, longtime Building Committee leader Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Open House for our Retreat Center Neighbors in the Prairie Farm, Wisconsin Area Common Ground is finally hosting a long-delayed open house at our retreat property in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 23 from 11:30 …

Weekly Email 10-12-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Being steadfast with what our own experience has taught us is beneficial is the cause for real peace and happiness. Each of us has to learn how to plant and cultivate seeds of peace and happiness; no …

Weekly Email 10-5-21 Read More »

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