Offering Mindfulness Meditation
in the context of the Buddha’s teachings
in a welcoming community
Saturday, April 28, 10:30am to 4:30pm
Join internationally renowned Insight Meditation Teacher Arinna Weisman at ICD!
Neurologists, psychologists and even medical doctors now acknowledge that the energies of appreciation, joy and gratitude are key elements for sustaining good health and happiness. Buddhism has many practices that contribute to this well being and in particular is the cultivation of joy and appreciation. We don’t have to be any different than we are, nor improve ourselves to appreciate what is already living inside of us. This day will be dedicated to five of the eleven traditional practices of cultivating appreciation and joy.
There will be guided mindfulness and joy meditations, time for group inquiry and a dharma talk. This day welcomes beginners and senior practioners from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Gender Fluid community.
Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison who was empowered by the great teacher U Bha Khin. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley. She is co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation and a contributor to Women Practicing Buddhism; American Experiences, edited by Peter Gregory and Susanne Mrozik.
Her dharma practice and teaching have been infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer community. She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.
To learn more about Arinna’s work, you can visit her website at: www.arinnaweisman.org
Saturday, May 19, 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Buddha taught that freedom from suffering can be realized simply by letting go of craving. Sounds good, but simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy! In practice we find that “letting go of craving” is a multifaceted learning process that involves recognizing craving in its many forms (what’s the difference between craving and wholesome desire?), viewing it correctly (not as a failing but as a natural human process), and learning to work with it skillfully. Ultimately, it’s compassion that lets go of craving: the wisdom of learning to see, and to meet, the authentic human needs at the core of craving’s pull.
This daylong meditation workshop will offer reflections, meditation skills and some group process presenting a clear practice path to understand and release craving. This work goes beyond personal development to improve our relationships and transform how we live in the world. Anyone who’s had an introduction to mindfulness meditation is welcome to join us for this day of skill-building and insight. Please bring writing materials and a bag lunch.
Cheryl Slean has been practicing Buddhist meditation intensively since 1995, including hundreds of days of silent retreat. She was authorized to teach in 2007 and currently serves on the Teachers’ Councils at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center and Insight Community of the Desert.
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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Intro to meditation: First Sunday of the month at 3:00pm
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On May 19, 2018 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, join Cheryl Slean for this one day workshop-retreat . The Buddha taught that freedom from suffering can be realized simply by letting go of craving. Sounds good, but simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy! In practice we find...read more
Join Arinna Weisman for this Daylong Retreat for the LGBTQI and Gender Fluid Community: Cultivating Joy as a Practice. Neurologists, psychologists and even medical doctors now acknowledge that the energies of appreciation, joy and gratitude are key elements for...read more
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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