Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Connecting with the Heart's Refuge: A daylong retreat with Ian Challis

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A sense of home or refuge — an internal base that offers shelter, support and safety — is vital in an ever-changing, unpredictable world. Buddhist teachings offer three universal refuges: Our own innate capacity for heart/mind awakening (Buddha), the refuge of practice and wisdom (Dharma), and the refuge of community (Sangha).

Join us for a day of practice and exploration of refuge as it relates to our lives and our world. Is it possible to bring a sense of home and refuge wherever we may find ourselves?

We will spend the day exploring mindfulness practices designed to strengthen and support this internal sense of refuge. We will also look at how this strong internal confidence and safety can be shared and supported with others through the practices of community: lovingkindness, compassion and wise action.

The day will include periods of sitting meditation, walking
meditation, short dharma talks and discussion. This event is suitable for new or experienced meditators.

Awakening Together: Building Beautiful and Beloved Communities with Larry Yang

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Join ICD Founding Teacher, Larry Yang for this daylong retreat. Building community can seem like a worthy purpose, a high aspiration, even a wholesome ideal. But the practices of Mindfulness and Lovingkindness invite us into experiencing more than that. The Compassion and Wisdom of Mindfulness invites us into the experience that Community is not just possible, but that it is necessary for our spiritual growth and path…. and that it is, sometimes, a challenging thing to accomplish.

Building community is not a luxury; it is not a hobby; it is a necessity in the intensities of this current world. Please come with the intention to really explore what Community feels like and to experience both how Community holds us together to grow and love, and also how it can push us beyond who we think we are as individuals and as groups, in the beauty of our human condition.

Beginning and experienced meditators are welcomed. Please bring a bag lunch, if you can. There will be a book signing and purchase opportunity for Larry’s new book Awakening Together at the end of the daylong.

Regular Events

  • Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
    Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Meditation as Refuge:
    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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Fierce Compassion: A Daylong Workshop for Women

In this 6 hour retreat-style workshop we’ll explore what it means to have a “Strong back and a soft front” in other words what might it look like to go through the world with an open heart and strong clear boundaries? Vulnerability researcher, Social Worker and best...

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Larry at Wisdom 2.0

Larry Yang was selected to speak at this year’s Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco. We are so proud of our Founding Teacher and his inspiring message of True Integrity, and that this timely message could be shared with the world! Click below to see the video of this inspiring teaching!

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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