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.
Mindfulness Silent Meditation Retreat with Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi, Beth Mulligan and Hugh O'Neill Tuesday, January 13 - Sunday, January 18, 2015 Joshua Tree Retreat Center
Thursday Evenings: January 8, 15, 22 of 2015 Venue: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, Rancho Mirage
Taught by Beth Mulligan and Jim Gross.
This three session introduction to meditation class, will be taught in the context of the Buddha’s personal story of sitting under the Bodhi Tree and his awakening. We use his story, not to study something that happened to a particular spiritual figure from long time ago. But we study this personal story from the perspective of how the man, known as Siddhartha Gautama came to sit and attain enlightenment. We look at what he found, so that we can see our own story within it.
This class series will include meditation instructions and practice periods, and is appropriate for: beginners, seasoned practitioners who find it challenging to maintain a consistent practice, and experienced Meditators who want to revitalize their practice.
Cost: To reserve your place, a registration payment is required in advance. The suggested amount of $30 is the minimum ICD needs to pay its bills, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
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
Following in the Steps of the Buddha: A Three Week Introduction to Meditation Class
Upcoming in 2015, May 1 -May 8 Register by January 6
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!