Community Meeting 9/21/14 Building Community & Pledging
On Sunday, September 21, after a meditation and teaching by ICD Guiding Teacher and board member Larry Yang, ICD board President Ian Challis, facilitated our second Community Meeting. Ian was joined by Communications VP, Duane Wong; Program & Events VP, Stephen Pickard; Secretary, Marybeth Carter; Volunteers VP, Greg Varra; Adrian Estrada; and Treasurer, Jim Gross. Board members Nadine Navarro, Cheryl Slean and Nan Dickinson were traveling.
The meeting focused on accomplishments of the sangha, our growing community, survey results, and plans for the future, including finding our own space and financial support through pledging.
We had time for comments and ideas from the whole sangha and then enjoyed time to talk afterwards with tea and cookies provided by the Program and Events Committee, (thanks Maria and Stephen!)
For those in our sangha who were not able to attend in person, we recorded the meeting and offer it above. Thanks to all who participated in making this a beautiful community building meeting!
Please click below for our Supporters Circle Pledge Form, as well as transcribed remarks on our plans by board president, Ian Challis.
Downloadable Pledge Letter and form. Click to open.
Closing Remarks by board president, Ian Challis. Click to open.
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
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
December 14th marked the final meeting of the Commit2Dharma program taught by ICD Guiding Teacher, Larry Yang. Practitioners in this one year program explored the dharma in depth through monthly readings, teachings, meetings and small groups. We are so grateful to Larry for generously bringing this program to our community, and we rejoice in the deepening of wisdom and practice reported by the participants!
Standing with the People of Nepal
We encourage us all to extend our collective practice of compassion and service to assisting those in dire need of medical care, food, clean water, shelter, and many other emergency services after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Please offer as much as you are able to help one of the cultures which has supported the Dharma from millennia. Thank you
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.
In solidarity with Emanuel AME Church of Charleston
The practices of Mindfulness and Loving kindness from the Buddhist tradition deepens our insight into truth about ourselves and the conditions in which we live, while cultivating an open heart and deeper presence for the full range of our unique human experience as members of the LGBTQI community. This can be part of such a powerful process of empowerment and healing.
This daylong meditation retreat is open to all levels-new, beginner, or experienced - and will include periods of individual practice as well as interpersonal or relational practices. You do not have to call yourself a Buddhist to benefit from meditation. Please join us! Get on a cushion or chair, settle your mind, allow your heart to open, and experience each other in spiritual community.
Pablo Das is empowered to teach Vipassana meditation and Buddha Dharma by the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society founder Noah Levine. He teaches regularly at A.T.S. centers in Los Angeles and at various A.T.S. groups and in retreat settings nationwide. Professionally, he works as a mindfulness based wellness, nutrition and recovery coach integrating mindfulness practices and Buddhist principles in his private “in person” (and phone based) counseling work. Pablo is an advocate for a Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and “other identified” voice in American Buddhism. To learn more about this special event and to register, click here!
Connect and Sustain
A Daylong Retreat for the
with Pablo Das
1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Bldg. C, 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92262
September 26, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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
With the tragic senseless violence of the Charleston massacre shaking the core of our religious and spiritual foundations, Insight Community of the Desert extends deepest condolences, compassion, and care towards the victims, families and communities of Emanuel and the greater AME congregation. The impact of this tragedy is horrific and devastating. And despite that pain, we must support each other to move through our collective suffering in order to create paths into the field of Justice using what Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has named as the "instruments of Love.." We bow with our deepest grief, our deepest courage, and our deepest effort to be the change and peace that this world so desperately needs in this moment.
Some of the 102 folks who showed up for our first meeting in