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.
The Joy of Letting Go - Restoration, Forgiveness, Renewal with Larry Yang, Gina Sharpe, Dana DePalma, Madeline Klyne, Konda Mason (Yoga) Monday, December 1 - Sunday, December 7, 2014 Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Awaken your Dakini Power A Daylong retreat for Women with Beth Mulligan and Anita Harmon
Saturday, Decmber 6, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Venue: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, Rancho Mirage
“A female embodiment of enlightenment is called a dakini in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. But what exactly is a dakini?
“To me the special quality (which of course many men have as well) is first of all a sharpness, a clarity...It cuts through - especially intellectual ossification. It...gets to the point. To me the dakini principle stands for the intuitive force.” - Tenzin Palmo
Dakini power is the luminous, subtle, spiritual energy, the key, the gatekeeper, the guardian of the unconditioned state. If we are not willing to invite the dakini into our life, then we cannot enter these subtle states of mind. Sometimes the dakinis appear as messengers, sometimes as guides, and sometimes as protectors.” - Tsultrim Allione
Join us for this day of meditation practice, guided visualization, dharma talks and dialogue focused on finding the feminine Buddha nature within, by using stories of women practitioners from history, our own stories, and our personal heroines. The Buddha’s enlightenment included a deep realization that all beings have Buddha nature, which means us! Come and connect with that intuitive force and the inner Buddha wisdom in each woman.
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
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!