Join the Common Ground community for time to connect around various issues that are dear to our hearts and real in our lives. We will talk and listen to each other, sharing wisdom and using our mindfulness practice to deepen our collective understanding. Each conversation will be facilitated by teachers or community leaders.
Community Conversation with Santikaro: The Refuge of Compassion
Sunday, January 20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Given the persistence of clinging to habit, comfort, security, and ego, how can we and others change in order to skillfully respond to the change and uncertainty that so powerfully challenges us today (e.g. climate deterioration and resurgence of white supremacy). Let’s consider taking refuge with compassion as a central aspect of our lives.
Santikaro lived with Ajahn Buddhadasa during the last nine years of his life and became his primary translator. Ordained as a Theravada Bhikkhu in 1985, Santikaro spent most of his monastic life at Suan Mokkh. During this time he led Dawn Kiam, a small monastic community for foreigners. He is the founder of Liberation Park, a modern expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility, located in rural southwestern Wisconsin. There he continues to teach, explore nature, and translate the work of his teacher. He teaches Buddhism and meditation with an emphasis on the early Pali sources and is a lucid interpreter of the original teachings and discourses.
Topics of Previous Community Conversations:
Buddhism & Polyamory
Sexism and Patriarchy
Waking Up – Learning to See What We Don’t See
Humans, Animals and Non harming
Relating Wisely to Global Climate Change