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Mark Nunberg
Mark Nunberg began his Buddhist practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN in 1993 and continues to serve as the center’s guiding teacher.
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2016-10-16 Investigating The Five Hindrances Week 1 55:07
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series
2016-10-11 Course - Introduction to Mindfulness - Week 4 55:50
Common Ground Meditation Center Course - Introduction to Mindfulness
Attached Files:
  • Strategies for Working with Obstacles to Mindfulness by Mark Nunberg (Google Doc)
2016-10-10 Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Sensuality - Week 4 56:14
Please take this week to more clearly discern the gratification & allure of sense experience and the drawbacks & limitations of sense experience. Remember, the practice is to collect honest data. The purification of view that the mind has toward sensuality does happen because we want to shift our view, rather, it happens because the data that the mind collects through being mindful overwhelms older views/beliefs about sensuality and allows for a newer, more refined, wiser view to arise in its place. One theme you might use for your small group sharing is, what if any data has this mind or heart, collected in the recent past that demonstrates the limitations and drawbacks of sense experience? Some Additional Readings for Week 4:
Common Ground Meditation Center Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Sensuality
Attached Files:
  • The Evolution of Happiness: On the Buddha’s steps to Nirvana by Joseph Goldstein (Google Doc)
  • Mind Like Fire Unbound Chapter III 'Forty cartloads of timber.' by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Link)
  • What You Take Home With You by Ajahn Sucitto (Google Doc)
2016-10-05 Mindfulness of Breathing Week 4 55:34
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series
2016-10-04 Course - Introduction to Mindfulness - Week 3 1:26:48
Common Ground Meditation Center Course - Introduction to Mindfulness
Attached Files:
  • Instructions for Walking Meditation by Gil Fronsdal (Google Doc)
  • What is the Right Attitude for Meditation? by Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Google Doc)
2016-10-03 Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Sensuality - Week 3 1:27:31
After spending the first several weeks looking more closely at the experience of gratification of sense experiences, starting with week 3 we will bring into view a more honest reflection on the drawbacks and limitations of sense experience. Below are study materials for Week 3:
Common Ground Meditation Center Buddhist Studies Course - Understanding Sensuality
Attached Files:
  • Drawbacks (The Buddha's teachings on the drawbacks of sensuality), Translated by Thanissaro Bikkhu (Google Doc)
  • Sallatha Sutta: The Arrow (The Dart), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Google Doc)
  • Five Remembrances (Google Doc)
  • Touching Enlightenment: Reggie Ray takes on the modern crisis of disembodiment (Google Doc)
2016-09-27 Course - Introduction to Mindfulness - Week 2 1:28:02
Common Ground Meditation Center Course - Introduction to Mindfulness
Attached Files:
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation, Weeks Two and Three: by Mark Nunberg (Google Doc)
2016-09-25 Mindfulness of Breathing Week 3 55:52
Common Ground Meditation Center Weekly Dharma Series
2016-09-24 Understanding Joy as the Means for the Fruit of the Path 1:11:55
Common Ground Meditation Center
2016-09-20 Course - Introduction to Mindfulness - Week 1 1:27:18
What is Mindfulness Practice? Mindfulness is the practice of opening to and accepting life just as it is - a constantly changing, conditioned process. To begin, we must make the necessary effort to calm the mind and body. Without this first step our intention to be present is often overwhelmed by our habits of reactivity and struggle - trying to fix or control the conditions of the moment. To calm the mind and body we practice connecting and sustaining our attention to ordinary experience in each moment; for example, the sensations of the breath coming and going or the sensations of lifting and placing each foot as we walk. This simple and clear patient knowing is at the heart of mindfulness practice. Tranquility arises by training the attention to return to the present moment experience over and over again. This training is directed by an understanding heart that appreciates that no matter how difficult it appears to be, our practice is to recognize what is happening and to gently return the attention to the conditions as they are in the moment. It is our persistent effort that calms the mind, energizes our practice and leads to insight. We can use ordinary experience, such as the breath, as a refuge - a place to keep coming back to. Over time, this capacity to be present becomes a great friend and allows us to relate to all experience with greater clarity, trust and acceptance. The ability to abide with the flow of experience creates the context for insight to arise. Wisdom, compassion and peace of equanimity are the fruit of these deepening insights.
Common Ground Meditation Center Course - Introduction to Mindfulness
Attached Files:
  • One Approach to Mindfulness Meditation by Mark Nunberg (Google Doc)
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation, Week One: Why Meditate? by Mark Nunberg (Google Doc)
  • The Practice of Generosity at Common Ground Meditation Center (Google Doc)

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