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Mindfulness in a CrAzy World with Beth Mulligan and Larry Yang

July 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

How do we develop mindfulness and compassion in the midst of the world’s contradictory craziness?” Join us to explore mindfulness and loving-kindness practices in demanding and challenging times.

This First Noble Truth that there is suffering in our lives—seems to be even more apparent these days than not. We live in a world that encourages us to get away with as much as we can, while giving as little as possible. Some leaders and messages in the larger culture encourage us to win at any cost, to hoard as much material wealth as possible, and to gain as much power as we can. One current advertising slogan paraphrases a cynical aphorism of doing things before asking any permission because it is easier to ask for forgiveness afterwards than to ask for permission.

Is this how we wish to live our lives? We know if you are reading this you don’t, however you may be asking, “How do we develop mindfulness and compassion in the midst of this contradictory craziness?” Join us to explore mindfulness and lovingkindness practices in demanding and challenging times. Create the stillness and peacefulness internally, that is so needed in the external world. We already have this peace within us, sometimes, like these times, it just needs some extra space to emerge and become strong. The intention of this retreat is to provide this kind and open space for all of us.

Beginning and experienced meditators are welcomed. Please bring a bag lunch.




Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher and international teacher trainer. She was in the first group to be invited to MSC teacher training, and has been teaching MSC with great passion and enthusiasm ever since, at the UC Irvine Center for Integrative Medicine and Insight LA as well as providing workshops for professional caregivers. Beth is also a certified MBSR teacher and teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty for the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant and has practiced medicine for over 25 years. She is a senior student of Roshi Charles Tenshin Fletcher at Yokoji Zen Center where she has lived in residence, and is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert.

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 (Palm Springs). He is part of the coordinating team developing community meditation teachers in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, and is leading the next Spirit Rock Dharma Teacher Training Program to begin in July, 2017. Larry’s book Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community will be published by Wisdom Publications in October 2017.

Cost: The registration fee for this event is $45. This fee is shared with the teacher(s), however does not mean the costs of the event or the teachings are fully covered. A dana (voluntary donations) collection will be taken at the day of the event, and we encourage you to offer as much support of generosity as you are able. Please know that our policy is that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. When people are able to extend as much generosity as possible, financial accessibility to our events comes with greater ease for the whole community.


July 22, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Stephen Pickard – Program Coordinator


Insight Community of the Desert
1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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