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
This daylong retreat facilitated by Cheryl Slean will offer teachings and meditation practices that encourage a deeper experiential understanding of presence/intuitive awareness and what blocks our access to it. How can we cultivate more moments of presence? How can we step out of the way and let intuitive awareness fill this moment, guiding our hearts and choices and lives? This daylong retreat is suitable for practitioners of all levels. "Awareness is your refuge: awareness of changingness of feelings, of attitudes, of moods, of material change and emotional change. Stay with that, because itís a refuge thatís indestructible. Itís not something that changes. Itís a refuge you can trust in." - Ajahn Sumedho Please bring a sack lunch. Half-day practitioners are also welcome.
If youíre currently in financial hardship, youíre welcome to pay what you can, and if you can afford to offer more than the suggested amount, it will help those who are unable to pay the full amount. We hope that the generosity of the community will ensure that everyone has access to the dharma regardless of means.
Please note, this registration fee does not include any payments to the teachers. Please support the Teachings through your voluntary donations of Dana directly to the teachers.
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
April is about Socially Engaged Buddhism at ICD! This April we are presenting a series of Dharma talks on topics of engaged Buddhism. April 5, Climate Justice with Cheryl Slean April 12, From personal to collective practice to affect the world, (part 1) with Jim Gross April 19, From personal to collective practice to affect the world, (part 2) with Beth Mulligan April 26, Social Engagement - Diversity, with Larry Yang
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Venue: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, Rancho Mirage
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!
In an interview at the Garrison Institute, our Founding Teacher, Larry Yang, discusses his path to practice, diversity and Insight Meditation. Larry is internationally known for his retreats and teachings and his pioneering work on creating diverse and welcoming dharma communities.
Relaxing into Presence: Exploring the Refuge of Awareness
a daylong retreat with Cheryl Slean
Teaching in May! Thannissara and Kittisaro
Our Program and Events team has confirmed the following special guest teachers, please join in welcoming:
Sunday, May 10, Thanissara and Kittisaro
Thanissara - From a London Anglo-Irish family in London, started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was a founding member of Chithurst and Amaravati Buddhist Monasteries. She was also co-initiator of events for children and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats internationally the last 25 years and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University & the Karuna Institute in the UK. She is co-facilitator of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre CA, USA. Thanissara is co-founder of Dharmagiri South Africa and teaches and lives between S.Africa and the US.
Kittisaro - From Tennessee USA, graduated from Princeton as a Rhodes Scholar and went on to Oxford before going to Thailand to ordain with Ajahn Chah in 1976. He was a monk for 15 years and during that time helped found Chithurst Monastery and Devon Vihara in the UK. He also taught extensively during this time and was involved in the training of monks. He disrobed in 1991 and since then has taught internationally in the States, Europe, South Africa, and Israel. He has studied and practiced Chan and Pure Land for 35 years informed by the Chinese school of Master Hua. Kittisaro has completed two one year long silent self-retreats. Kittisaro is co-founder of Dharmagiri South Africa and teaches and lives between South Africa and the US.
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