Category: Weekly Email

Dear Common Ground Friends, Hi Everyone, Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the healing power of spiritual friendship. The Buddha once said that spiritual friendship is the whole of spiritual life. It is helpful to remember moments of being deeply …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of attention lately. Where we put attention, how we put attention; it really defines our reality. We can think of attention as the most precious resource we have available to …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I recently read an article by Ajahn Succito that inspired me to explore more deeply what he calls “the inner tyrant”. We all know the inner tyrant, expressed in the urgings and preoccupations of incessant self …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Sometimes we can get the impression that Buddhist practice is mostly about learning how to relate wisely to the suffering in life. But the tools and insights that come with our awareness practices also help us …

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Greetings Friends, On Monday, we paused to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, a Baptist minister whom we might call an heir of the Buddha. The messages of both of these wise beings point us …

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Dear Friends, Much of the time we feel pushed around by both wholesome and unwholesome desires. When we bring careful attention, we see that the cause for our suffering isn’t due to the desire, but rather it is the identification …

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Greetings Friends, The events that unfolded over the past 48 hours are layered in both meaning and impact. I won’t do us the disservice of reducing the political dysfunction and systemic racism that we are all swimming in, to simple …

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Dear Common Ground Community, Our wise spiritual teachers and ancestors advised us to keep the impermanent nature of all conditions in mind. When the heart attunes to the changing, ephemeral nature of experience, it understands that clinging is inherently stressful …

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Dear Friends, Common Ground is co-sponsoring two upcoming events for the launch of the new book, Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom, co-edited by our beloved dharma teacher, Ayo Yetunde. Join editors, authors, and Buddhist leaders Gaylon Ferguson, …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I hope you are faring well. I’ve been reflecting on the importance of tending to the ecology of the mind and heart recently. We are so affected by what we take in, whether that be news, …

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