Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Integrity with Ourselves and the World with Larry Yang

Saturday, November 10, 10:00am to 4:00pm

As we continue on our spiritual path, wherever we have come from and to wherever we may go, our faith, strength, and sustenance can arise through the bringing all of who we are into our personal journey and to the larger World. This is the experience of Integrity or creating wholeness from the different areas of our lives. And we know intuitively, experientially, and empirically that the Whole is so much greater than the sum of the parts.

Join us to explore cultivating Integrity and Wholeness in our spiritual practice, regardless of external conditions upon us. Open to all levels of meditation—beginners to experienced practitioners. Please bring your lunch and all of who you are into our experience together.

Larry Yang teaches meditation retreats nationally, and has a special interest in creating access to the Dharma for diverse multicultural communities. Larry has practiced meditation for almost 30 years, with extensive time in Burma and Thailand, and a six-month period of ordination as a Buddhist monk, under the guidance of Ajahn Tong. He is on the Teacher’s Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, is one of the core teachers of both East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland) and Insight Community of the Desert.  Larry’s book Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community was published by Wisdom Publications in October 2017.

Waking Up White: Doing Work So Needed in the World

A seven part class series, begins Saturday, November 17

The spiritual path we follow in this life calls us to act on our beliefs and aspirations. As we strive to become more mindful through the fundamental practices of lovingkindness and compassion, we grow in our awareness of the attachments that hold us back from attainment of the spiritual goals of peace and freedom. Our journey challenges our deep-rooted learning and unconscious beliefs. Privilege and our unconscious assumptions and behavior around privilege result in harmful actions to communities of color who do not share the same benefits and privileges of being white in this society. Insight Community of the Desert is committed to creating and all-inclusive meditation community in the Coachella Valley. With over three-quarters of the population in Palm Springs identifying as white, we become increasingly aware of the work that needs to be done to create an all-inclusive and welcoming meditation community.

These are difficult and challenging times in our nation and community. We have seen the political fueling of racial tensions through the overt actions of a variety of white supremacist organizations and groups. The path of the Buddha calls us to become aware – aware of our thoughts and actions that are not mindful of ourselves and others. Furthermore the Buddha called us to a life of compassion and loving kindness through the development of awareness. This is not a path of separateness or exclusivity. It is a path of inclusion- a path that is open and welcoming to everyone.

Waking up White is a 7 part course of commitment and dedication to understanding ourselves as white members of society. The course challenges us to examine how our position of privilege impacts the lives of others who do not share that same privilege. The course will challenge our fundamental beliefs in an open, transparent and safe environment of learning and change. The course will offer readings and interactive exercises which will stimulate the mind and enable us to wake up together in our efforts to build an inclusive community for meditation, care, and loving support.

Open to all ICD sangha and UUCOD congregants, self-identifying as white people, this in-depth program meets seven Saturday mornings (9:30-12:00), starting November 17 and ending on March 16.

A Day of Mindfulness: Cultivating Compassionate Presence: A Gift for All Seasons with Beth Mulligan

Saturday, December 8, 9:30am to 3:30pm

In these busy times it is easy to lose sight of what is most meaningful in our lives sometimes taking for granted so much of this precious life. The practice of Mindfulness Meditation, mindful Yoga, mindful walking and mindful eating, in a mostly silent day long format, with the support of community and experienced teachers, allows us to cultivate our true and natural compassionate presence. Join Beth Mulligan for this day of practice and cultivate your compassionate presence.

Open to all levels of meditation—beginners to experienced practitioners. Please bring your lunch and all of who you are into our experience together.

Beth Mulligan has completed all steps of the professional Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training program through the University of Massachusetts under Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD and his colleagues and is a certified MBSR teacher. She teaches Mindfulness at many major medical centers, Universities, schools, non-profit organizations and corporations. She also trains professionals in mindfulness based interventions and participates in research on the benefits of mindfulness.

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Regular Events

  • Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
    Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Meditation as Refuge: (open to all)
    Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Peer Led silent sit:
    Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • Intro to meditation:
    First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm

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Insight Community of the Desert


Our center is centrally located between downtown Palm Springs and the airport.


1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Building C, 2nd Floor

Palm Springs, CA 92262