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 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
Upcoming in 2015, May 1 -May 8 Waiting list only
Larry Yang will be leading a one week residential retreat at the Joshua Tree Spiritual Retreat Center, Yucca Valley:
Sacred Tenderness: Exploring the Energies of Our Hearts with Larry Yang, Tara Brach, Gina Sharpe, Thanissara, Kittisaro, Ruth King, Konda Mason (yoga) This is an amazing opportunity for folks from Insight Community of the Desert to attend a residential retreat that is so close "to home."
Please click below to access a flyer of this event and be aware this retreat will fill up quickly!
"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
Inclining toward Freedom Our Spiritual Intentions
On Sunday, December 28, Larry taught on Intention -- what we incline toward, and how we live into our aspirations as a practice. Larry invited us to think about and name our spiritual intentions and share them with another sangha member. These anonymous intentions were collected and are shared here. What a beautiful way to see and witness what our community holds most dear.
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