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From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought­World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo Chapter 17, Wise Attention: Yoniso Manasikara To be read out loud: 17.3 First paragraph on p. 198 through second full paragraph on p. 199 17.4 From the beginning of the section on p. 202 through end of second paragraph on p. 2014 Discussion Theme: Venerable Analayo states that Yoniso Manasikara (wise attention) has varied meanings that include a wise, appropriate, thorough and penetrative attention allowing the mind to go beyond the surface appearances into the underlying nature of any phenomena. Even beginning levels of mindfulness reveals that it really matters what and how we pay attention, with unwise attention we are very likely to be reinforcing the particular cycles of suffering that our mind is conditioned to spin through. Whereas wise attention can take care of the mind and path from the most mundane decision making about how to care for the body all the way to the very refined attention given to how the factors of awakening can come into balance. Wise attention is wholesome source of joy and delight in life. This month, we can begin by assessing our confidence in the transforming power of wise attention. This confidence initially arises from hearing and reflecting on the Buddha’s teachings that point to the liberation of the heart. Venerable Analayo states, “To be able to rouse such inspiration requires overcoming three adverse conditions: forgetfulness, thoughtlessness and confusion (AN V 145)”. As practitioners we are learning to renew our confidence and inspiration through our connection with this path ­ supported by our connection to community, our practice, or through our ongoing study. We then direct any energy of inspiration in the service of wise attention. On page 201, Venerable Analayo reviews from the Buddha’s teachings how wise attention could be directed. We can use wise attention to understand: the four noble truths, the value of sense restraint, the proper use of the requisites for life, the value of patient endurance of the vicissitudes of life, how to avoid danger, how to abandon unwholesome states, and finally how to develop the factors of awakening. This month let’s choose one or more of these studies to confirm the great value of wise attention in releasing the mind from the oppressiveness of its conditioned habits.

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This fall, starting October 1 there will be an Antiracism Study and Dialogue Circle (ASDIC) offered a few blocks from Common Ground, at Faith Mennonite Church (2720 E 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406). We highly encourage everyone, especially teachers and …

Antiracism Circle Being Offered this Fall near CG! Read More »

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August 3, 2016 To Our Beloved Common Ground Community, Yesterday, our dear friend, teacher and leader Nicole Taras passed away after a long and difficult struggle with respiratory illness. Several of us met with Nicole on Sunday afternoon two days before her …

Dear friend and teacher Nicole Taras’ passing Read More »

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Rikshaw Films will be filming an educational video at Common Ground about Mindfulness and Well-being and they’re looking for five professionals to share their stories. More information below. CASTING NOTICE – Rikshaw Films

Hi everyone, Mark Nunberg is now using Ajahn Sucitto’s book Meditation: A Way of Awakening, for the Weekly Practice Groups. You can download a copy of the book here.

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From Craving to Liberation, From Grasping to Emptiness: Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses by Bhikkhu Analayo, Chapter 14, Happiness/Sukha Sections to be read outloud: 14.2 Beginning at bottom of p. 156 (To train the mind requires….) until …

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We facilitate a meditation circle of up to 12 women every Saturday from 8:10 – 10:10 am. We also offer a half-day retreat once a quarter and a monthly meditation session on Sunday mornings, 9:00 – 10:00. Volunteers find this …

Want to volunteer leading meditation at Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility? Read More »

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The Buddha’s Words Spiritual friends gather with the aim to explore the basic concepts of Early Buddhism that are exemplified through teachings handed down for over 2500 years, and discover how the Pali Canon gives expression to the universal truths …

New Monday Night Study Group Read More »

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Hi Common Ground Families,   Registration for the lottery is open from now until March 23 for the children (K-3) and preteen (4-7) programs at Common Ground. To enter the lottery, send an email to or There is more …

Lottery Open for Next Sessions of Youth Programs Read More »

I have attached below a photo of Carroll Miller, a long time Common Ground community member who passed on suddenly last week. We’ll be having his memorial service this Saturday at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Let’s hold Carroll …

Memorial for Carroll Miller, Saturday 3/19 at 4pm Read More »