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 the 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

Location: The Center for Spiritual Living
2100 Racquet Club Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (map)

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:

Larry Yang

For 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

Beth Mulligan

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

of the Desert
Insight Community Of The Desert
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.
Pledge Letter and form.
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Closing Remarks by board president, Ian Challis. Click to open.
Residential Retreats:

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

For more about this Spirit Rock retreat, please click here!

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

Please see the link to "Mindful-Way" for more information!

(These retreats are not specifically developed by ICD, should you have any questions please contact the ICD teacher by visiting the website provided.)
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.
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!
Flyer for Sacred Tenderness Retreat
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