Category: Teachings & Reflections

Friends, Some of us have been working on a love letter to Minneapolis and America in these difficult times. In the words of Ayo Yetunde, “In the spirit of loving-kindness meditation, we ask the dharma practitioners we know to send the letter in that spirit — keep it …

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I am Common Ground. This simple phrase came to me as I reflected on the question “what is Common Ground doing about… social and racial injustice, about climate change, about…?”. Community members posed this question to the leadership in 2015 when 9 …

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Grace and The Great Turning   When you act on behalf Of something greater than yourself, you begin to feel it acting through you with a power greater than your own.   This is grace.   Today, as we take …

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Metta, or lovingkindness, is the current weekly practice group theme. You can find many resources on the subject here, if you’d like to do additional study:   Practices of Lovingkindness

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Here is the link to the article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lIStVBxtzqOeNDnIJHbnwH3Jx82hL1e7ndJt0fwdypg/edit    

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Here are links to related articles: Taking Responsibility for Our Thoughts: Reflections on the Vitakkasanthana Sutta, by Mark W. Muesse, Insight Journal 2001 Meeting your thoughts at a resting place,  By Jason Siff MN19, Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Sorts of Thinking, translated by …

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Much thanks to John Dienhart for taking the time to write down his reflections on generosity (dana), titled:  Dana, Freely Giving and Freely Receiving When I first came to Common Ground in the summer of 2015 I did not understand the concept …

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Written by community member Laura Molde: I’m confident most of you know that Dana is most commonly defined as generosity. I agree with that definition and think generosity has a very important part in the concept of Dana, but it …

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Samadhi: The arising of the five jhanic factors and the abandoning of the five hindrances   The Buddha teaches that the mind is radiant and pure, but as we all know, this essential clarity and freedom of mind is often …

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Hi folks, Here is a scan of the Emptiness and Compassion chapter from Guy Armstrong’s book Emptiness. Mark and Shelly have been giving talks on this subject recently and will continue to use the book as a complementary text for …

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