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  • Carl Jerome
1:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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Want to relieve your suffering, “reach liberation” in Buddhist terms? According to Nagarjuna, the greatest Buddhist philosopher of all time, all you need to do is realize there are no beginnings and endings, in the way we normally conceptualize them. Join us and begin to shift your understanding of how things work,  in a way that leads to a happier, healthier life.
  • Jim Kenney
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
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Joseph Needham was a brilliant Cambridge scientist and a bit of an eccentric; but he loved China, its history, and its culture. The first volume of his magnificent Science and Civilization in China was published in 1954 and eighteen volumes were released before his death in 1995. There are now 24, with more to come. As the workshop unfolds, we’ll take up what’s known as “the Needham question” — why did the meteoric rise of modern science take place in the West, rather than in China? 
  • Jim Kenney
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
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The great Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the two greatest influences on Buddhism in the 21st century. The other is His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thich became a figure of global renown during the war in Vietnam, as a result of his steadfast commitment to building peace among all the peoples of Vietnam. His first book, Lotus in a Sea of Fire, introduced the ideal and practice of “engaged Buddhism,” the embrace of social and economic justice and universal human rights.
  • Jim Kenney
  • Nancy Tuchman
7:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Common Ground Deerfield
Both Nancy Tuchman and Jim Kenney know that climate change is real, largely human-caused, and an enormous threat to planetary life and human culture. Each will make a brief presentation, but then we’ll open up to give everyone the opportunity to agree, disagree, question, and discuss. All that is required is good will and a spirit of open inquiry. It’s guaranteed that we will all learn something new.
Common Ground Blog
We're sorry to say that Ken James class on Wednesday, March 15 (tomorrow) is cancelled. 

Don't miss the new "Sea Change Blog" just below this "Common Ground Blog." The CG Blog contains news of interest to Common Ground participants. The Sea Change Blog contains the reflections of Jim Kenney (and others) on the topic of cultural evolution.

The latest CG Bulletin (Winter 2017) is now available for download.
It's already in the mail. And we are now uploading Winter 2017 programs to this web site.

We hope you enjoy the wonderful array of resource persons and programs!

Click here to download.
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Sea Change Blog
This is the first in an ongoing series of posts on the key elements of the animating idea of this blog — Cultural Evolution. Over the course of the next months, posts with the "Sea Change" heading will highlight key concepts from Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change, by Jim Kenney (available on Amazon.com and on Amazon Kindle).

These thematic posts will be interspersed with a variety of other pieces offering insights into the realities of modern cultural evolution. 
This post is the first in a series of offerings on the subject of "Sea Change," Jim Kenney's term for the dramatic acceleration of cultural evolution in our time. The topic is addressed in Jim's book, Thriving in the Crosscurrent—Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change. (Click for the Amazon Kindle link. Click here to visit the book web site, Seachanges.net.

This essay appears in the Winter 2017 CG Bulletin (available for download below). It is the first in a new ongoing series that will appear here.
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About Common Ground

Founded by Ron Miller and Jim Kenney in 1975, Common Ground is a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue. Our primary concern is the human quest for understanding and the human pursuit of significance. While our endeavor began with the study of world religions and the commitment to inter-faith dialogue, our range of program offerings has been greatly expanded over the past several years.

Today, our primary focus is on the world's great cultural, philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience. Our course offerings include a tremendous variety of topics, including, but not limited to: history, literature, art, science, psychology, business, relationship, health, and personal growth. Our programs are shaped to meet the needs of all who are excited by ideas and serious about the quest.

Common Ground is for those who are already deeply grounded in their own traditions and for those who are still searching. It is a place for all who are fascinated by the convergence of the ancient with the modern, of East with West, and of spirituality with planetary reality. Common Ground brings together a knowledge of the past and a vision of the future for a better understanding of the present.

Common Ground is a fully registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.