Hi Friends, Here are a few resources Mark mentioned in his talk for your reference: Study Resource for this week’s reflection Refuge: Natural Buddhism by Gil Fronsdal The Refuge of Sitting by Narayan Liebenson Suffusion of Divine Abidings (Four Quarters …

Resources from Mark Talks 3/20/22 & 3/27/22 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Today I’d like to share with you a poem (below) from the book of poetry called The First Free Women, by Matty Weingast. Matty’s poetry was inspired by the Therigatha, which is a short book of poems …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh was affectionately called, transitioned to a new realm on January 22, 2022, dropping his 95-year-old body, and ending over seven decades of teaching mindfulness and peace. Thay began his long life …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, The Buddha said spiritual friendship is the whole of the holy life and that he saw no other condition that is as supportive for our spiritual development than the support of wise friends. By wise friends …

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Common Ground has three Sutta Study Groups that meet on the first Saturday morning of each month to study the teachings of the Buddha and to strengthen relationships among committed practitioners and leaders. The groups are now accepting applications for …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I want to invite us all to take some time in an ongoing way to acknowledge the Asian roots of the teachings that provide the foundation of our center and that have benefited us in so …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, We’ve gone through some hard times together lately. Just in the last week we’ve witnessed the tragic death of Amir Locke, an innocent young black man, just a day after reckoning with a shooting outside a …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Although these times may feel exceptionally painful or uniquely devastating, it’s good to remember the full scope of humanity behind us and in front of us. Pain, tragedy, or suffering is not something we transcend but …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, We want to announce the news that Gabe Keller Flores will be leaving his job as Office Manager on March 1st. We have been aware of Gabe’s interest in moving on for some time now, so …

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Dear Friends, If you’ve ever been to a meditation retreat you know that a retreat is generally not the blissed out experience that popular culture leads us to believe it is. What we learn though by spending anywhere from a …

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