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 the 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.

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

Location: The Center for Spiritual Living
2100 Racquet Club Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (map)

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.  Whatever you can offer is appreciated
and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
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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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Other Practice Opportunites with ICD Teachers:

Larry Yang

For information on teaching and practice opportunities with

Cheryl Slean

Against the Stream L.A. events with Cheryl
For more information:
2nd Sunday of every month, 11am-12:30pm: dharma talk & practice, Melrose center, 4300 Melrose Ave

Every third Tuesday of the month:
Meditation in Recovery, Palm Springs
Sit and dharma talk, 7-8:30 PM
Michael’s House Outpatient Center
515 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Beth Mulligan

Visit Mindful Way's website for other events with Beth!

of the Desert
Insight Community Of The Desert
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.
Pledge Letter and form.
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Closing Remarks by board president, Ian Challis. Click to open.
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.
This daylong retreat is intended to support all of us who take care of others, in our personal and/or professional lives, through the ancient and well researched practices of mindfulness and compassion. The day will include periods of sitting and walking mediation, and specific guided practices taught by the Buddha and adapted for our modern lives, known to nourish our minds, bodies and spirits. We will take refuge in the qualities known as the Divine Abodes, cultivating them through practice as well as drawing on the contemporary compassion practices of Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer- (Founders of Mindful Self Compassion).
If you feel fatigued by the caregiving in your life and would like to learn how to build resilience and offer that same kindness and care you so freely give others- to yourself, this day is for you.

Taught by Beth Mulligan
Senior teacher Mindful Self Compassion

If you’re currently in financial hardship, you’re 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 Sleam
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

"The Circle of Compassion"
a daylong mindfulness retreat for caregivers with Beth Mulligan
Saturday, March 28, 2015
9:30 am - 3:30 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!

"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." -Jack Kornfield

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.