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.
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
Some of the 102 folks who showed up for our first meeting in
our new space!
Pledge Drive 2016 -- Update
It's not too late to pledge your financial support for our community for 2016.
We rely completely on donations from the sangha to pay for all program expenses, rent, insurance, utilities, supplies--everything that goes into making our space a home for Buddha dharma in the Coachella Valley.
You regular participation is vital to our ability to operate without a loss and to keep ICD financially healthy.
Please pledge or donate today! The value of your pledge will be doubled! If you have already pledged or donated, an additional gift is sincerely appreciated.
Pledge forms may either be picked up on any Sunday through the end of the year or you may download a form. Please mail your form to:
Insight Community of the Desert 1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg. C, 2nd Flr. Palm Springs, CA 92262
Events with Beth Mulligan Visit Mindful Way's website for this and other events with Beth and Hugh! Larry Yang One and the Same: Mindfulness and Kindness DAYLONG WITH LARRY IN PALM DESERT! November 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Presented by UC Riverside - Osher This day-long meditation retreat will explore the interwoven nature of Mindfulness with Lovingkindness/Heart Practices. Both are contemplative and meditative practices which create a more expansive heart, and more peaceful mind. They are doors into the experience of freedom and greater happiness.
There will be contemplative sitting and walking meditations, along with group exercises and sharing. These will support our collective deepening into experiencing the Awareness within Love, and the Love that flows from Awareness. Both new and experienced practitioners are invited to attend. Please bring your lunch, and a cushion if you use one. to learn more click here For more information on teaching and practice opportunities with Larry:Larryyang.org Cheryl Slean Cheryl will be co-teaching the 8th Annual Against the Stream West Coast Meditation retreat at Joshua Tree. September 25, 2016 to October 2, 2016. Visit againstthestream.org for more information.
For more information on teaching and practice opportunities with Cheryl:aMindfulLife.org
Practice Plain and Simple A Daylong Retreat
Join Sylvia Boorstein and Larry Yang in weaving the Buddha’s Teachings of our spiritual path throughout our practice into the specifics of family, relationships, livelihood, and Life. The intention is to bring the Dharma into our everyday, moment-to-moment experience. Our retreat will include contemplative meditation as we practice in periods of guided sitting, walking, and mindful eating. There will also be time for interaction, discussion, and questions to support the deepening of practice.
Open to all levels of meditation experience with a special invitation to beginners. Come to settle your mind and heart, and see what you discover! You do not have to call yourself a Buddhist to benefit from meditation.
Please bring a packed lunch. ICD does have a refrigerator and a microwave available for use. In anticipation of Fall temperatures in Palm Springs, if you would like to have your lunch outside please bring a mat or beach towel.
This retreat will fill very quickly. We are requesting payment with your registration. Scholarships available!
NOTE: If you are unable to register that means the retreat is at capacity. More places may become available to be on our waitlist, please email: Roberta Vogel
Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a psychotherapist, wife, mother and grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include: “It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness,” “Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat,” “That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist,” “Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness,” and “Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.”
Larry Yang leads meditation retreats nationally and has an interest in making the wisdom teachings of the Dharma accessible for Communities of Color and LGBTQI communities. Larry Yang is a Founding Teacher of Insight Community of the Desert (ICD) and East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland. He is on the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Larry is trained as a psychotherapist and has spent 6 months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He was one of the Grand Marshals of this year’s SF Pride Parade honoring the theme of “Racial and Economic Justice.” He considers retreat practice, family practice, livelihood practice, and householder practice all integral to a spiritual path towards Freedom.
In Response to Orlando
Please join together Wednesday, June 22 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
We will gather at Insight Community of the Desert in sacred community to support each other and all beings.
From Beth Mulligan:
Dear Friends, In the wake of the shootings in Orlando and the deep feelings of the whole range of human expression, it is a vital time to be together, in loving awareness, in our place of refuge: Insight Community of the Desert. We invite you to come to a special gathering a "Circle of Support", in honor of those who died- and their families- knowing that there is not any being that is not touched by these acts. We will sit together, and offer compassionate presence to one another.
Here are wise words from our founding teacher Larry Yang. "In the chaos of violence, senselessness, carnage, and despair, we can take care of each other. We can hold each other with the most precious thing we can offer, our compassionate attention. Unwavering, we can love one another without questioning or second-guessing any aspect of that love or anyone's life experience or identity. There is great Power in that coming together from wherever we are. In that solidarity with the deepest of places of our tender humanity, we begin to live the truth that the Buddha spoke of:
Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.
We begin to create justice in the only ways possible-through just means. Instead of trading Homophobia with Xenophobia as an insidious pattern of the market economy-Instead of displacing and playing off the oppression of one, for the oppression of another-we endeavor to dispel all oppressions, for the freedom of all beings. We can only create justice through just means-that is the law, ancient and inexhaustible."
with Sylvia Boorstein and Larry Yang Saturday, October 29th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Offered by Insight Community of the Desert in partnership with Mindful-Way.
This program is based on the highly acclaimed and widely studied MBSR Program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD. Over our six week, seven session series, learn a new set of skills that are now being taught around the world to help you deal with stress and life in a mindful way, learn mindfulness practices and secular forms of meditation. See how you can use the power of your present moment awareness to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.
This experiantial training program, Essentials of MBSR offers a powerful, integrative approach for tapping into and mobilizing inner resources for healing and well-being. Participants can develop a life-affirming approach to living with many stress-influenced conditions such as anxiety, anger, depression, headaches, high blood pressure, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal problems.
Sessions will include mindfulness meditation instruction and body practices including gentle yoga, which we can adapt to suit people of every level of ability. There will also be lively discussions on health related subjects.
This program is open to new students, longtime practitioners and alumni of Mindful-way. We hope to see you there.