Category: Weekly Email

Dear Common Ground Friends, I want to invite us all to take some time in an ongoing way to acknowledge the Asian roots of the teachings that provide the foundation of our center and that have benefited us in so …

Weekly Email 2/15/2022 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, We’ve gone through some hard times together lately. Just in the last week we’ve witnessed the tragic death of Amir Locke, an innocent young black man, just a day after reckoning with a shooting outside a …

Weekly Email 2/9/22 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, Although these times may feel exceptionally painful or uniquely devastating, it’s good to remember the full scope of humanity behind us and in front of us. Pain, tragedy, or suffering is not something we transcend but …

Weekly Email 2-2-2022 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, We want to announce the news that Gabe Keller Flores will be leaving his job as Office Manager on March 1st. We have been aware of Gabe’s interest in moving on for some time now, so …

Weekly Email 1-26-22 Read More »

Dear Friends, If you’ve ever been to a meditation retreat you know that a retreat is generally not the blissed out experience that popular culture leads us to believe it is. What we learn though by spending anywhere from a …

Weekly Email 1-18-22 Read More »

Dear Friends, For some time now I’ve been formulating a practice aspiration for each new year. Sometimes it’s been to develop a particular parami – patience and renunciation have loomed large – and sometimes it’s been an intentional phrase such …

Weekly Email 1-13-22 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Community, With the change in the pandemic landscape that the omicron variant is precipitating, we thought it’d be a good time to communicate again the values and logic that underlie our COVID protocols at the center. We …

Weekly Email 1/5/2022 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, I am guessing that we all experience both the juiciness and the suffering arising from our human tendency to relish in “gotcha” moments. I am pointing to our habits of attempting to make ourselves feel more …

Weekly Email 12/21/21 Read More »

Dear Sangha, It is a difficult, exhausting, beautiful time to be alive. The Omicron variant is gaining on the Delta, hospitals are again overcrowded and health care workers depleted, and we seem stuck in an ongoing cycle of vaccines, masks, …

Weekly Email 12/21/21 Read More »

Dear Common Ground Friends, This Sunday afternoon we are holding a community Zoom gathering to honor and celebrate Shelly Graf’s hiring as Co-Guiding Teacher of Common Ground. This marks the most important evolution in Common Ground’s 28-year history and a …

Weekly Email 12/14/21 Read More »