Tag: dana

Dana, Freely Giving and Freely Receiving by John Dienhart

Much thanks to John Dienhart for taking the time to write down his reflections on generosity (dana), titled:  Dana, Freely Giving and Freely Receiving When I first came to Common Ground in the summer of 2015 I did not understand the concept

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A Community Member’s Reflections on Dana (Generosity)

Written by community member Laura Molde: I’m confident most of you know that Dana is most commonly defined as generosity. I agree with that definition and think generosity has a very important part in the concept of Dana, but it

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Gail Iverson’s Reflections on Dana

We have the Buddha’s teachings on awakening due to the practice of generosity. Without the Indian tradition of giving alms to mendicants the Buddha would not have had the means to pursue his path to liberation. Over the past 2500

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Seeking volunteers to facilitate meditation at Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility

We are a group of eight women who individually facilitate a meditation circle of up to 12 women every Saturday from 8:00 – 10:00 am.  We also offer a half-day retreat once a quarter and a monthly meditation session on

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Generosity: The Art of Being Happy

Generosity: The Art of Being Happy By Mark Nunberg It’s nice to reflect on how Common Ground and this whole tradition is built on wholesomeness and the generosity of those who have come before us. It’s unfortunate that all of

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CG Teacher Patrice Koelsch featured in Strib

Our very own Patrice Koelsch was featured in an article in the Star Tribune recently, about her work bringing mindfulness meditation to people in correctional facilities. Much mudita (appreciative joy) and gratitude to Patrice for her beautiful gift to the

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Dana- What’s the Deal?

By Jana Larson   Continuing in the tradition of Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia, all programs at Common Ground are offered free of charge in the spirit of dana, or generosity.   When first hanging around Common Ground, I found

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Reflections on Dana by Erica Schultz

It’s (not) mine Reflections on Dana at Common Ground by Erica S. Schultz “But it’s mine, I own it,” my little four year-old charge yelled at me when I tried to tell her that it probably didn’t make sense to

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Generosity as Trustworthy Medicine

Dear Friends, From the Buddha’s point of view, generosity, or dana, is a foundational and essential spiritual practice. Without the enlivening and liberating experience of generosity, our lives remain limited by our self-centered views, fears, and greed. The Buddha understood

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Editor’s Note: this is the piece that was read at the Festival of Giving on September 8.  Many thanks to Victoria Woolley for sharing this story. When I moved into my Seward neighborhood home there was an old but serviceable cedar

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