Our Response to COVID-19

Due to the pandemic, Common Ground is moving in-person programs online. For the full calendar of online programs click here.

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March 25, 2020

We are moving in-person programs online for the foreseeable future.

Gabe Keller Flores

Office Manager

March 12, 2020

Dear Community Friends,
This uncertain time of pandemic is the right time for a wise mindful presence and a fearless compassionate response. Let’s be grateful for any ability we have to show up in these difficult times with a balanced and kind heart. 

After carefully studying what experts from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health have been writing as well as sifting the information available through other sources, it seems that the wisest and most compassionate response to the coronavirus pandemic is for Common Ground to immediately suspend all programs at the center through March 29th, at which time we will reassess. 

We are taking this big step out of compassion for all. Experts repeatedly state that at this time, social distancing is the best way to reduce fatalities and the unnecessary suffering due to the spread of the virus.
Fortunately, Common Ground has already begun offering some limited live streaming options. We will work to expand the list of programming options available by live stream as capacity for tech support grows. Let us know if you have skills to offer.

In addition, you can go here: Common Ground Talks on dharmaseed.org to listen to audio recordings of the talks that have been given at the center.

This is the time to take refuge in a wise, kind, mindful awareness as we show up to all that needs attending to in our lives and in our extended communities. Let’s also find moments to put everything down and touch into the simple peace of letting things be just as they are. What does a wise, and responsive heart look like & feel like even in the midst of all this uncertainty? 

Though we may experience moments of stress with it all, we can call on our practice to help us find our way, having faith in the heart’s ceaseless capacity to care and respond. At this time of uncertainty, may we take advantage of even difficult moments to deepen our collective understanding of how we belong to one another. 

As always, your feedback is welcome. Don’t hesitate to reach out. With great gratitude for our practice.

Mark Nunberg, Guiding Teacher
Shelly Graf, Associate Director
Stacy McClendon, Chair of the Board of Directors