Greetings Friends, The Buddha, through his own practice, awakened to the underlying nature of things, just as they are. Having direct experiential insight into the conditional, unfixed, and impersonal nature of our ‘subjective’ experience powerfully undermines the mind’s tendency to …

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Greetings Friends, The Buddha taught us to train our minds to relate to subjective experience in a naturalistic way by skillfully uprooting habits of self-centeredness. We are taught that these practices are the catalyst for awakening–greater freedom, wisdom, and compassion …

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Greetings Common Ground! I’m back, if I ever left. I confess to having read close to every one of these weekly emails even while I was no longer working in the office. What can I say, Dharma administration is close …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, We are entangled humans, living in our entangled world, desiring some relief from what often appears to us to be too much. Being human isn’t easy for any of us. And, even when conditions are pleasant, …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Registration is now open for our annual President’s Day weekend retreat. Winter is a wonderful time to set aside a long weekend for dedicated practice, to see what fruits may result. Please join Shelly Graf and …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, On behalf of Co-Guiding Teacher Shelly Graf and myself, Common Ground paid staff, the Board of Directors, and all our leadership we want to offer our good wishes for the deepest healing and awakening for 2024 …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I have finally been released from my long hospital stay and am back at home with my beloved partner Wynn, and immediately joined Common Ground’s 31st Annual Year End Retreat! Shelly Graf and Wynn Fricke are …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Please note the following schedule changes and year end events that might be of interest. I will be leading our Sunday morning and evening Weekly Practice Groups on Christmas Eve as well as our Sunday morning …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, As many of you know, my personal practice over the last few months has involved the dharma teachers of pain, uncertainty, vulnerability, and a more and more radical submission to the support and expertise of those …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Dear Friends, Warm winter greeting to you all! I hope you receive this winter gratitude reflection with all the love in my heart. Mark and I have been away teaching at IMS for the month. He …

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