Online Retreats

Putting aside our duties, responsibilities, and social engagements for a period of time can be a powerful support for the deepening of insight and for touching into deeper states of calm and peace. During our online retreats we will each do our creative best to maintain a simple and quiet environment. We will intentionally limit our speech with those we live with and put aside our phones for this period of time. The teachers will offer guided meditations, talks, and times for group discussion. We will commit to following a simple schedule of sitting and walking meditations so to better sense that we are taking up this retreat day together. The Buddha taught that a calm & serene mind is capable of seeing clearly the nature of the heart and mind in a way that is liberating, leading onwards to greater wisdom and compassion in our lives. Please join us for these days of practice.

Half-Day Retreats

Date TBD

Example Schedule for Half Day Retreat

Daylong Online Retreats

Saturday, May 23rd,  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Daylong Online Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Shelly Graf  Register here

Example Schedule for Daylong Retreat

The Practice of Generosity

Continuing in the tradition of Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia, all programs at Common Ground, including these online programs, are offered free of charge in the spirit of generosity. This offering is possible because of the generosity of people like you—from the Buddha on down to all the people in our community—who contribute their practice, time, and financial resources to support the continuation of the center.

To make a donation, visit this page and enter the name of the teacher or fund you wish to designate your gift to. As usual, two-thirds of your donation will support the teacher, and one-third will support the operations of the center.

Registration Priority Policy

Common Ground is committed to giving registration priority to members of some communities that have experienced historical oppression: people of color, transgender, and genderqueer folks. We hope this increases the likelihood of a sense of safety and belonging for all members of our community. We recognize this policy benefits us all as we practice the Buddha’s teachings in an increasingly multicultural community and engage in the ongoing work needed to create a more equitable world. To learn more, contact Gabe Keller Flores: 612-722-8260 or gabe@commongroundmeditation.org. We welcome feedback on any aspect of this policy.