Courses & Workshops

To register for all courses and workshops, please visit the calendar

Common Ground offers both multiple-week courses and one-time workshops. Topics vary by quarter. All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.

Courses

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Mark Nunberg

Six Tuesdays, January 14th – February 18th, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Register Here

Mindfulness meditation leads to insight into the nature of our hearts and minds, revealing an inherent clarity, openness, and ease. This course includes exploration of the intention behind practice, an introduction to insight (vipassana) meditation techniques, instructions for working with common obstacles, an overview of the practice of lovingkindness, and a discussion on how mindfulness can be part of one’s daily life.

 

Buddhist Studies Program

Join in an exploration of the physical and mental processes that comprise the totality of our conditioned experience and how directly and clearly seeing them can lead to freedom. The Buddhist Studies Program is designed for people who have attended three or more mindfulness meditation retreats and have a commitment to daily meditation practice. This ongoing program is designed to deepen our understanding through the study and application of the teachings of the Buddha. Each class will include a short talk, small-group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus of their daily practice.  Led by Mark Nunberg.  Find current class information including handouts and articles here.

Our Winter Class:

The winter Buddhist Studies Course will be, Anatta: The Impersonal Nature of Experience led by Mark Nunberg

Eight Mondays, January 13th – March 2nd, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Optional sitting period, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Register Here

In this eight-week course, we will investigate the Buddha’s teachings on the impersonal nature of experience. Insight into the changing and conditioned nature of phenomena weakens all fixed views including the mind’s habit of taking things personally. We often live our lives through the lens of self-centered fear and longing. We are so busy pursuing our attachments that we miss how much stress is involved when the mind identifies with thoughts and emotions. As the mind’s understanding deepens it is possible to live with ease, natural compassion and skill.

 

Workshops

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Register Here

Mindfulness meditation leads to insight into the nature of our hearts and minds, revealing an inherent clarity, openness, and ease. This workshop includes exploration of the intention behind practice, an introduction to insight (vipassana) meditation techniques, instructions for working with common obstacles, an overview of the practice of lovingkindness, and a discussion on how mindfulness can be part of one’s daily life.

Gail Iverson has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1987 and formerly served as Chair of the Board of Directors at Common Ground.

 


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.