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.


Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Mark Nunberg

Five Tuesdays: May 28th – June 25th, 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.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Workshop with Gail Iverson

Saturday, July 6 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Register Here


Buddhist Studies Program

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. The course includes dharma talks, small and large group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus of their meditation and daily life practice. Led by Mark Nunberg.  Find current class information including handouts and articles here.

You can now register for the Summer Buddhist Studies Course, UNDERSTANDING IMPERMANENCE with Mark Nunberg and Visiting Teachers.

This eight-week course will explore the Buddha’s teachings on impermanence, the first of the three characteristics that are said to mark all of existence. Insight into the changing and insubstantial nature of all phenomena is essential in freeing the mind of its deep habit of clinging. 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.

Eight Mondays, June 24 – August 12, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Optional sitting period, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Register Here


Mindful Self-Compassion with Jean Fagerstrom and Mary Clark

8 Thursdays: June 13 – August 8, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (no class July 4); Half-Day Retreat on Sunday, July 31, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Register Here

This eight-week class is designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life. Based on the program developed by Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) builds on a foundation of mindfulness, kindness, and a sense of our shared humanity to help us meet the difficulties in our lives with compassion.



Daylong Workshop with Ajahn Chandako: What is Delusion, and What’s Real?

Saturday June 15th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Register Here

Ajahn Chandako was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the Thai Forest Tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Born in 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his interest in the teachings of the Buddha grew as he studied towards a BA degree in Religious Studies from Carelton College (1984). After practicing intensive meditation in various monasteries in Thailand and traveling in Tibet, Nepal and India, he settled in Wat Pah Nanachat, The International Forest Monastery, Thailand. Ajahn Chandako is now the Abbot of Vimutti Forest Monastery, near Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author and translator of several books.




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 We welcome feedback on any aspect of this policy.