Category: Weekly Email

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 »

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 »