Insight Community of the Desert - Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation in Palm Springs
Insight Meditation in the Desert

Insight Community of the Desert is a Buddhist Center in
the Vipassana tradition serving Palm Springs and the
Coachella Valley.  We welcome you to our  weekly
meditation group and programs.  Mindfulness and Insight
meditation lead to an open, joyful heart through the
release of stress and suffering.

We offer programs for beginning and experienced
meditators, meditation classes, daylong retreats, and
weekly sitting groups. Whether you’re an experienced
practitioner or you want to try meditation for the first time,
please join us at one of our meetings or events:

Sunday: Our Sunday meeting consists of a meditation
period followed by a talk by one of our experienced
dharma teachers. Every Sunday afternoon, 4:30 to 6 pm

Tuesday: 45 minute peer led meditation period starting
at 12 noon.

Wednesday: 45 minute peer led meditation period
starting at  5:30 pm.

First Sunday of every month: Learn to Meditate
If you are new to meditation or would like a teacher led
refresher, please join us at 3:00 pm for an hour of
instruction and answers to your questions.

Cost: Our Sunday meditation and teachings are offered
without a set fee.  We suggest a donation of $5 or more
for the facilities and a Dana offering (voluntary donation)
for the teachings. We suggest $20 for the monthly learn to
meditate classes. Whatever you can offer is appreciated
and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Location of all events is our center at 1111 E Tahquitz
Cyn, Bldg C, 2nd Floor (map)
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Please support the mission of the Insight Community of the Desert so that we can offer more programs and services to the Coachella Valley.  Many blessings for your generosity!
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San Francisco Pride
For Racial and Economic Justice


Congratulations to Larry Yang for being voted Grand Marshall for the 2016 San Francisco Gay Pride Parade! It is truly an amazing honor for Larry and for all of us.

Thank you for your votes and support of our inspiring Founding Teacher!

For more information on the Pride results click here:
Bay Area Reporter

UPDATE! Read Larry's interview with the Lion's Roar magazine to learn more about his work and journey: Lion's Roar Magazine

UPDATE 2. Be Part of the Parade Contingent on June 26th! If you would like to be part of this historic event you can register for free to join. There are a limited number of places still available!
Registration Information
Anurag Gupta's Vision 2040 is a project targeting the changing landscape of race in the United States. On October 1st, our Guiding Teacher, Larry Yang,
shared his vision for a beloved community.
#beLoved Community - Vision 2040
A Message from our
Guiding Teacher
with Community Reflections
 

Greetings Dear Friends,


On May 3rd, we celebrated Insight Community of the Desert's third Anniversary. As part of that gathering, community members were asked to share reflections on why they attend ICD. Please see the moving and heartfelt messages below.
As Guiding Teacher I was truly heartened and inspired by these reflections.

Please know that whether you have attended once or many times, you are part of something. We practice together, to support each other and in doing so we make the community and the world more peaceful.  The fact that in what is really such a short time, we are taking active steps to move into our own space, speaks to your commitment to your selves and to the community as a whole.
 
I invite you to join us as we move forward to co-create this "Next Buddha" in our own home, perhaps thinking about; "What would I like it to look and feel like? And what would I be willing to do to make that happen?"
Deep bows of gratitude for your practice and I hope to see you soon!
Beth Mulligan

Our Reflections!

• To sit with people and to breathe.
• To explore the causes of my suffering
• Sunday is my anchor. I feel more open here - a safe environment
• I appreciate the teachings and the time the teachers put into them
• I come because I'm learning to love myself and this is a kindness I do for myself by sitting with other kind people.
• I keep on coming back because I feel safe, a place where I can feel everything without having to assess, react.
• It gives me a sense of belonging and being connected to others.
• I feel nurtured here.
• I come to ICD for my weekly, much needed kindness and compassion tune-up.
• I find spiritual comfort. I feel centered here and want to learn more.
• The teachings and group meditations strengthen my own practice, which in turn makes me happier and more efficient in the world.
• I come for safety, love, discipline and inspiration.
It's my reset button. I feel more grounded and my petty emotional trials and tribulations are placed in their proper trash can.
• It reduces my suffering, makes me a better, happier person and makes life seem more sensible.
• It calms me.
• I come for the loving wisdom. I feel better when I leave.
• I come for the sense of belonging and also to hear the dharma live from our engaged teachers.
• It's a safe and peaceful place that accepts me for who I am and what I am.
A report on the first meeting of Western Buddhist leaders at the White House

Larry has just returned from the first Conference of US Buddhist Leaders at the White House yesterday (May 15). There were conversations about Climate Change, Social Economic and Racial Justice, as well other current issues of urgency between 125 monastics, spiritual leaders and teachers, social activists, and scholars, and White House administration and staff. One suggestion was that next year the meeting is taken to the other side of the National Mall--i.e. Congress.


Read more here
On July 26, 2015 we held our opening meeting for our new home at 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg. C, 2nd Floor, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Come and practice together in a new space dedicated to mindfulness meditation and practice serving the Coachella Valley.  Our new center is the manifestation of a cherished vision -- a vision of compassion, learning, service and community.  Your gifts of service, dana and especially your presence and practice are the ground that has allowed this vision to become realized.

The new center location and mailing address is:
1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg. C, 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92262
We've Moved!
Some of the 102 folks who showed up for our first meeting in
our new space!
Pledge Drive 2016 -- Update







It's not too late to pledge your financial support for our community for 2016.

We rely completely on donations from the sangha to pay for all program expenses, rent, insurance, utilities, supplies--everything that goes into making our space a home for Buddha dharma in the Coachella Valley.

You regular participation is vital to our ability to operate without a loss and to keep ICD financially healthy.

Please pledge or donate today! The value of your pledge will be doubled! If you have already pledged or donated, an additional gift is sincerely appreciated.

Pledge forms may either be picked up on any Sunday through the end of the year or you may download a form.  Please mail your form to:

Insight Community of the Desert
1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg. C, 2nd Flr.
Palm Springs, CA  92262

Click here for 2016 Pledge Form
Other Practice Opportunities with ICD Teachers:

Beth Mulligan

Mindfulness Weekend Retreat July 1 to July 3
Visit Mindful Way's website for this and other events with Beth and Hugh!

Larry Yang

For more information on teaching and practice opportunities with Larry:Larryyang.org

Cheryl Slean

For more information on teaching and practice opportunities with Cheryl:
aMindfulLife.org


A Day of Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom for
Modern Times

with Beth Mulligan

Saturday June 25,
9:30 am to 3:30 pm






Forty years ago, a molecular biologist and dedicated Buddhist Meditation and yoga practitioner named Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn had an insight while on retreat.  Perhaps he could bring these deep and powerfully healing practices right into the New England Medical center (UMASS), where he worked!  In what proved to be a highly successful experiment, he created a secular curriculum that we now know as the most widely researched form of  Mindfulness in medicine; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Over the last four decades, during which there have been numerous evidence based studies showing the benefits of Mindfulness in health and well being, this program has been brought to hospitals all over world, and is now used in schools, business, leadership, for veterans, in prisons and at non-profit organizations.

This day of Mindfulness will offer the foundations of MBSR in an experiential format. We’ll move seamlessly from one practice to another as on retreat, with times for dialogue, exploration and science. It will serve to deepen and support experienced practitioners and is a great introduction for those new to meditation as well.  

To view the daylong description or to register, please click here!

Beth Mulligan (ICD Guiding Teacher) will lead this retreat  Beth is a Certified MBSR Instructor who trained with Dr. Kabat-Zinn and is an adjunct faculty member at UMASS where she trains teachers world wide.  She teachers MBSR all over Southern California at mojor university medical centers, in corporations, Battered Women's Shelters and participates in mindfulness research.
Practicing Forgiveness

Earlier this year, when Larry was at IMS, 
he spoke with Executive Director, Linda
Spink about the importance of forgiveness
in our lives.

In their conversation, he described a forgiveness practice
that helps us release the patterns of our suffering, and
become more compassionately connected to the world
around us.
Download or stream this interview with Larry Yang.
Meditation Class Series
for People of Color










with Larry Yang

Thursdays: July 21, July 28, & Aug 4. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm






In an external world that is still caught in the collective suffering of racism and oppression, it is often difficult for Communities of Color to find space for spiritual refuge and safety. All People of Color are welcome to join this 3-week meditation class covering the basics of Insight Meditation.

While Insight Meditation has Buddhist origins, all spiritual traditions invite contemplation and reflection as spiritual practices. The class will include guided and silent meditation, as well as generous opportunities for sharing questions and discoveries about the practice of meditation.

Instructions will be gradually expanded each week and encouraged during the week at home. If you have been reading about meditation for some time, this is your opportunity to give it a try.

We offer these classes for all people, who identify as People of Color, from all faith traditions, who feel that they might benefit from meditation. Please feel welcomed to come, get into a seat, settle your mind, keep your heart open, and see what you find out!

Cost: by voluntary donations
Please offer a donation to the ability that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who need to pay less can attend.

Registration and more information

Larry Yang leads meditation retreats nationally and has an interest in making the wisdom teachings of the Dharma accessible for Communities of Color and LGBTQI communities. Larry Yang is a Founding Teacher of Insight Community of the Desert (ICD) and East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland, CA. He is on the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Larry is trained as a psychotherapist and has spent six months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He is one of the Grand Marshals of this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade honoring the theme of “Racial and Economic Justice.” He considers retreat practice, family practice, livelihood practice, and householder practice all integral to a spiritual path towards Freedom.


Taking Refuge is one of the most beautiful aspects of the Buddhist meditation practice. We take Refuge in the deep potential of each and every one of us for an inner sense of Freedom, in the Teachings of liberating the mind and heart, and in the sense of Community and Fellowship. Often in an unconscious, if not insensitive, even oppressive society, it is difficult to access this sense of safety to sink into a spiritual journey of seeing clearly our true nature, and how we belong deeply to this world. We offer this daylong for all Communities and People of Color who feel this sense of safety and belonging would be beneficial.

Meditation instructions will focus on cultivating an open awareness spacious enough to include all that arises moment to moment. This day will include guidance in sitting, walking, and eating meditations in the Vipassana Buddhist tradition. There will be dharma talks and opportunities for group sharing. Open to all levels of meditation experience with a special invitation to beginners. Come to settle your mind and heart, and see what you discover! You do not have to call yourself a Buddhist to benefit from meditation. Please bring your lunch.

Cost: by voluntary donations
Please offer a donation to the ability that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who need to pay less can attend.

To register and for more information

Larry Yang leads meditation retreats nationally and has an interest in making the wisdom teachings of the Dharma accessible for Communities of Color and LGBTQI communities. Larry Yang is a Founding Teacher of Insight Community of the Desert (ICD) and East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland, CA. He is on the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Larry is trained as a psychotherapist and has spent six months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He is one of the Grand Marshals of this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade honoring the theme of “Racial and Economic Justice.” He considers retreat practice, family practice, livelihood practice, and householder practice all integral to a spiritual path towards Freedom.
Taking Refuge in Your Life
A daylong retreat for
People of Color










with Larry Yang

Saturday, August 20th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm






In Response to Orlando

Please join together Wednesday, June 22
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

We will gather at Insight Community of the Desert in sacred community to support each other and all beings.

From Beth Mulligan:


Dear Friends,
In the wake of the shootings in Orlando and the deep feelings of the whole range of human expression, it is a vital time to be together, in loving awareness, in our place of refuge: Insight Community of the Desert. We invite you to come to a special gathering a "Circle of Support", in honor of those who died- and their families- knowing that there is not any being that is not touched by these acts. We will sit together, and offer compassionate presence to one another.

Here are wise words from our founding teacher Larry Yang. "In the chaos of violence, senselessness, carnage, and despair, we can take care of each other. We can hold each other with the most precious thing we can offer, our compassionate attention. Unwavering, we can love one another without questioning or second-guessing any aspect of that love or anyone's life experience or identity. There is great Power in that coming together from wherever we are. In that solidarity with the deepest of places of our tender humanity, we begin to live the truth that the Buddha spoke of:

Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate.
This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.

We begin to create justice in the only ways possible-through just means. Instead of trading Homophobia with Xenophobia as an insidious pattern of the market economy-Instead of displacing and playing off the oppression of one, for the oppression of another-we endeavor to dispel all oppressions, for the freedom of all beings. We can only create justice through just means-that is the law, ancient and inexhaustible."

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