Dear Common Ground Friends, The Noble Eightfold Path was such a generous offering of the Buddha’s practice. A pure gift of immense depth…so deep that it covers every aspect of our humanness, no aspect of body, mind, or human life left …

Weekly Email 12-1-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, An important turning point on the path of awakening is a change in allegiance from a dependence on conceptual thinking to a deepening trust in intuitive awareness that simply reflects the way things are. Conceptual thinking …

Weekly Email 11-22-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, There is a famous passage in the Suttas where Ananda, the Buddha’s attendant and younger cousin says to the Buddha, “This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.” The Buddha …

Weekly Email 11-16-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, I hope this note finds you well, and appreciating the newness that comes with the change of seasons. Even when we know a change is coming, we can still find ourselves surprised by or resisting the …

Weekly Email 11-10-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, At some moments for different reasons it can feel hard to bear the reality of our hearts, our lives, or the world. Maybe this resonates with you now. I have learned to rely on the practices …

Weekly Email 11-2-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Please join in this November for a rich month of dharma offerings at Common Ground. Kyoko Katayama will be leading the Sunday morning Weekly Practice Group on November 5, and many of our beloved and wise community teachers will …

Weekly Email 10-27-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, The Buddha says that any position one identifies with including being attached to not having any fixed views ends up being,  “a thicket of views, a wilderness of views, a contortion of views, a writhing of …

Weekly Email 10-19-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Can ten thousand sorrows be held in community? None of us are innocent of grief. Changes are inevitable. We daily encounter the truth of impermanence, large and small, far and near. Our parents get old. One …

Weekly Email 10-13-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, I’m away teaching a retreat in the mountains near Big Bear California through the weekend with a small group of yogis and also with the big redwoods and turkey vultures too. It has been powerful to practice with …

Weekly Email 10-3-23 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Dharma practice is training the mind to be free with its habitual tendencies. At times it will feel as if there is a battle between our impersonal but well entrenched habits of greed and aversion and …

Weekly Email 9-28-23 Read More »

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