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
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
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!
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
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.
With the tragic senseless violence of the Charleston massacre shaking the core of our religious and spiritual foundations, Insight Community of the Desert extends deepest condolences, compassion, and care towards the victims, families and communities of Emanuel and the greater AME congregation. The impact of this tragedy is horrific and devastating. And despite that pain, we must support each other to move through our collective suffering in order to create paths into the field of Justice using what Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has named as the "instruments of Love.." We bow with our deepest grief, our deepest courage, and our deepest effort to be the change and peace that this world so desperately needs in this moment.
In solidarity with Emanuel AME Church of Charleston
Diving into Your Dharma & Living Life Awake
"Diving into Your Dharma" is part 1 of a 2 part retreat series developed by Larry Yang. Part 1 is a week of intensive meditation practice woven into your daily life. Part 2 is a daylong retreat entitled "Living Life Awake." The Buddha shared that living 24 hours with Mindfulness and Awareness is more precious than living 100 years without it.
The entire non-residential retreat is comprised of our regular Sunday Sit on July 26, then the class series of Diving into Your Dharma (July 27-31), then the Living Life Awake daylong on Saturday, August 1, and concluding with the regular Sunday Sit on August 2. You need only to register for the weeklong and/or the Saturday daylong. Each registration is separate and you have the option of attending either or both to fit your personal schedule.
DIVING into YOUR DHARMA (Part 1) - Evening Teachings supporting your practice
DATES: July 27-July 31 (Monday-Friday) 6:30-8:00 PM (Registrants encouraged to attend our regular Sunday sits on July 26 and August 2 (taught by Larry Yang). PLACE: 1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs 92262 COST: $50
During the registration you may register for each part of the weeklong SEPARATELY. You may attend either or both parts as they fit into your personal schedule. Anyone is welcomed to attend regularly scheduled Sunday sits.
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you do not plan to enroll in either or both of these retreats which make up ICD's first weeklong, you are encouraged and welcome to attend each of the regular Sunday's sits before 7/26 and after 8/2.
Announcing a Daylong Retreat with Larry Yang Saturday, August 1 and
A Weeklong practice program with Larry Yang evenings Jul7 27-31