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Dear Common Ground Friends, There is a gigantic oak tree right outside my window where I work these days. As I look beyond it into the skyscape, shades of yellow, green, and orange abound. Change is imminent and all around …

Weekly Email 10-20-21 Read More »

Thanks to everyone who helped on last week’s Work Day. We got a lot done thanks to all of you. The tent is down and already at Prairie Farm. We have a new solar light in the parking lot. The …

Heartfelt Gratitude from Jeffrey Swainhart, longtime Building Committee leader Read More »

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Open House for our Retreat Center Neighbors in the Prairie Farm, Wisconsin Area Common Ground is finally hosting a long-delayed open house at our retreat property in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 23 from 11:30 …

Weekly Email 10-12-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Being steadfast with what our own experience has taught us is beneficial is the cause for real peace and happiness. Each of us has to learn how to plant and cultivate seeds of peace and happiness; no …

Weekly Email 10-5-21 Read More »

The following is an invitation from Charlie Birge, a CG community member, to join him in his work with Braver Angels, a group he describes below. Charlie writes: Braver Angels workshops invite both sides of political conflicts to attempt to understand the …

Invitation to Braver Angels: Bridge-Building Across Political Difference Read More »

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Dear Common Ground Friends, This week I’ve been inspired by a talk given many years ago by Ajahn Thaniya, now Willa Thaniya Reid, at Insight Meditation Society  in which she elaborates about the power of aspiration to guide our lives, saying …

Weekly Email 9-30-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Recently, I have been deeply appreciating the Buddha’s teachings and practices, and this community that I have the privilege to practice with. Without this practice, my life would be unimaginably harder. Because of this practice and …

Weekly Email 9-22-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, After careful consideration, Common Ground has decided that in addition to requiring that all participants wear masks at both the city center and at Common Ground Retreat Center in Prairie Farm, WI, we are also now …

Weekly Email 9-15-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, Our lives are characterized by change and uncertainty. This truth doesn’t have to be seen as a personal threat or a problem that we are supposed to fix. Rather it can be simply the way that …

Weekly Email 9-7-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, One powerful story in the Buddhist tradition centers Kisa Gotami. After losing her only child, Kisa Gotami’s grief was unimaginable, so unimaginable that she couldn’t accept that her child was gone. Instead she went from person to person …

Weekly Email 8/31/21 Read More »