Category: Weekly Email

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 »

Dear Common Ground Community, Moral sensitivity is our wish to live in harmony even when this requires more exposure to uncertainty and real or perceived risks. Our human existence seems to be a tender dance where our instincts for certainty and …

Weekly Email 8/25/21 Read More »

Greetings Friends, I’m happy to be back from 6 weeks away which included both personal retreat and a little teaching both virtually with Kamala Masters and Joseph Goldstein as well as a lovely in person retreat with Keri Pederson and …

Weekly Email 8-16-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, In the early Buddhist teachings there is a strong emphasis on developing the spiritual skills needed to keep one’s heart established with an attitude of friendliness. We call this meditative training metta practice. One of my teachers …

Weekly Email 8-10-2021 Read More »

Greetings Everyone, As you may know, the CDC recently issued new guidance regarding mask-wearing, even for vaccinated people, in areas of high virus transmission, due to new evidence on the delta variant currently circulating in the United States. Hennepin County …

Weekly Email 8-2-21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Mindfulness is all about cultivating a continuous present-moment awareness. We train in persistence: a willingness to begin over and over again. This training is overseen by the wise and kind heart that appreciates how difficult it …

Weekly Email 7-27-21 Read More »

Greetings Friends, The Buddha taught that all conditions are impermanent, unsatisfactory, and not-self, and that in aligning with these truths, our hearts can let go of clinging and know deep peace. This process of our hearts reckoning and coming into …

Weekly Email 7-20-21 Read More »

Hi Everyone, Shelly Graf and I are organizing an afternoon Zoom workshop on Saturday, July 31st, 1-3 p.m. central time for all those people interested in or currently part of a racial affinity group. In the past, Common Ground invited …

Weekly Email 7-13-21 Read More »

Greetings Friends, This week marks the beginning of Phase 2 of our reopening! It’s been a joy to reconnect with some of you in person, and I look forward to continuing to run into many of you over the weeks …

Weekly Email 7-6-2021 Read More »

Greetings Friends, The Buddha taught that cultivating wise intention is one of the most important and powerful ways to develop and strengthen wisdom in our hearts and in our lives. Another word we might use to describe intention is resolve, …

Weekly Email 6-28-21 Read More »