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

The Grand Marshall Voting for San Francisco's Pride Parade is now open and our Founding Teacher Larry Yang has been nominated as a Grand Marshall in this year's San Francisco Pride Parade in recognition of his tireless work for fairness and racial justice.

Voting is open to everyone, with your vote Larry would become one of four Grand Marshalls, which this year the parade's theme is For Racial and Economic Justice. Larry is in a special group where the Marshall is chosen by the community and that's US! 
Click below to learn more and vote:
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

Visit Mindful Way's website for events with Beth!

Larry Yang

For more information on teaching and practice opportunities with

Cheryl Slean

For more information on teaching and practice opportunities with Cheryl:

The Four Noble Truths:
A Complete Path to Happiness

A four part class series
with Cheryl Slean
Saturday, Jan. 23, 10am to noon
Saturday, Jan. 30,  10am to noon
Saturday, Feb. 6, 10am to noon
Saturday, Feb. 20, 10am to noon

The Four Noble Truths are the first and foundational teachings of the Buddha, a powerful conceptual and experiential framework that points to the underlying causality of all forms of unhappiness and stress.  This four-week introductory course will take the essential teachings from concept into direct experience through practical instructions and exercises and a learning process responsive to participants' real-life concerns. The class is suitable for people new to Buddhist practice as well as those already familiar who wish to review and refresh.

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

This daylong meditation retreat will explore the interwoven nature of Mindfulness with Lovingkindness (or Metta). Both are spiritual practices which create a more expansive heart and more peaceful mind. They are doors into the experience of Freedom and greater happiness. There will be contempklative sitting and walking meditations along with group exercises and sharing, which support our collective deepening into feeling the Awareness within Love, and the Love that flows from Awareness.

To view the class description or to register, please click here!
One and the Same:
Mind and Heart

A daylong retreat of Mindfulness and Lovingkindess
with Larry Yang

Saturday, February 13, 9:30am - 4:00pm

Coming to Palm Springs!
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intensive 6 week training program

with Beth Mulligan

Starting Thursday March 10.

Offered by Mindful Way and ICD, these classes will provide ways to improve your health, manage your mood and transform your life.

Through an experiential and intensive six week training program, essentials of MBSR offers a powerful, integrative approach for tapping into and mobilizing inner resources for healing and well-being.  Participants can develop a life-affirming approach to living with many stress-influenced conditions such as anxiety, anger, depression, headaches, high blood pressure, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal problems.

Thursday Evenings March 10-April 14, from 6:30-8:30 PM
Plus Daylong retreat Saturday, April 9
Questions may be emailed to

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