Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Meditation: A Solid Foundation. Learn to Meditate!

Starts January 19, 2017

Mindfulness meditation is a proven path to becoming more open, compassionate and relaxed in our ever-changing lives, in this “eternal unfolding moment”.

The Buddha taught mindfulness as a technique we can each develop that brings greater presence, calm, clarity, and ultimately — freedom, into our experience.

In this five week course, led by Ian Challis, we will examine and practice the techniques of Insight Meditation in the context of the Buddha’s teachings.

Thursday evenings beginning January 19, 2017.

Daylong Retreat: Clear Seeing, Wise Response--Wisdom in Daily Life

Saturday, February 4, 2017

One of the most common questions dharma teachers hear asked by practictioners is—what is the wisest response to this challenging life situation?

How do I know which choice to make when managing day-to-day dilemmas, and when making more longterm decisions in relationships, in jobs, taking action for social change and in other areas of life? The good news is, a diligent and skillful dharma practice will reliably reveal the Middle Way of wisdom—the still, quiet voice of the heart that creatively, appropriately and compassionately responds.

Join Cheryl Slean and Jennifer Carson in this interactive Daylong Retreat.

Regular Events

  • Weekly Sit and Dharma talk: Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Meditation as Refuge: Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Peer Led silent sit: Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • Intro to meditation: First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm

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Meditation as Refuge

Meditation As Refuge We are happy to welcome Meditation As Refuge (formerly Meditation in Recovery at Michael’s House) to Insight Community of the Desert. Greg Varra and Jokai Blackwell extend a weekly invitation (Tuesdays, at 7:00pm) to everyone who desires to...

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New Website!

At long last a new web design! We rely on volunteers to do almost everything at Insight Community of the Desert. Sangha members volunteer to be greeters, sound people, openers, cleaners, to work on the program committee, the diversity committee, to do our...

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Sustain Our Sangha!

December marks our annual pledge drive! Our sangha relies upon your financial support to be able to offer teachings and community to the Palm Springs area! The gift of your support has far-reaching effects. If you have already pledged for 2017, we thank you! The act...

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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