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.

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
at our Center at 1111 E Tahquitz Cyn, Bldg C, 2nd Floor

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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Other Practice Opportunites with ICD Teachers:

Beth Mulligan

Mindful Eating Healthy Living Essentials
A Residential Retreat

December 3-6, 2015 (3 nights)
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center
Click for more information on this beautiful opportunity

5 Day Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
with Beth Mulligan, Charles Tenshin Fletcher - Roshi, and Hugh O'Neill

January 5-10, 2016 (5 nights)
Joshua Tree Retreat Center
Click for more information on this beautiful opportunity

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

Larry Yang

The Tenderness of Life: 
Aging and Change with Larry Yang
at UC Riverside

Saturday, November 21, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join Larry in this day-long retreat to explore different mindfulness practices meant to build your skills, and create greater ease and peace of mind and heart. Agenda will cover our increasing limitations, changing nature of the body, changing nature of the mind, loss and isolation, interest and curiosity as positive reinforcements. To register, call 951.827.4105

For more 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

of the Desert
Insight Community Of The Desert
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.
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
The Buddha said that wisdom and compassion are both essential to awakening. They are the wings upon which our spiritual practice takes off and soars. On this daylong retreat, we will explore where they meet in our capacity to engage and respond to what is arising in our daily life and in all pervasive awareness.

Suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. Please bring a bag lunch for yourself and something to share with Amma. Kindly come fragrance free out of compassion for those with chemical sensitivities.

This is a beautiful opportunity to practice with a Buddhist monastic and ICD's founding teacher.

The teachings are offered freely, there is a suggested facility donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.

To learn more about this special event and to register, click 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!
Reduce Stress, Rediscover
Well-being: Learn to Meditate!

A Four Week Class Series
Taught by Cheryl Slean

Thursday, October 15, 22, 29,
and November 5, 2015. 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
At the ICD Center, Palm Springs

This four-week class series will offer the basics of insight meditation, the practice taught by the Buddha as part of his “Middle Way,” the path to freedom from suffering.  The aim of insight meditation is to develop a non-reactive, steady attention that allows us to clearly observe our inner experience, which in turn leads to a transformative understanding of emotional pain and distress. 

Recent studies have confirmed what meditators have known for centuries: that meditation leading to insight can release long-standing patterns of mental and physical stress, allowing our natural joy and ease to emerge, heal, and enrich our lives.

This class will offer detailed instructions, group meditation practice, discussion of the benefits and challenges of practice, and plenty of time for questions. The class is appropriate for interested newcomers as well as more experienced folks who’d like a refresher.

To learn more about this opportununity and to register, click here!
Kindfulness:  Where Wisdom and Compassion Meet, a daylong retreat

A special daylong retreat for all with
Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni
and ICD Founding Teacher, Larry Yang

Saturday, November 7, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.