Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

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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.

Starting the New Year with Presence

 A week of practice, beginning December 30

Please save the dates! Let’s start the new year mindfully and in community. Every evening from Sunday December 30 to Sunday January 6 come and practice with friends and sangha at our center. Each evening will feature a sit, and a talk or exploration by one of our teachers.

This year, the week includes a New Year’s eve sit and celebration, and a day of practice on Saturday, January 5.

Sunday, 12/30, 4:30pm-6:00pm Regular Sunday meeting with Guiding Teacher Ian Challis
Monday, 12/31, 6:30pm-9:00pm New Years Eve program – sit, practice and celebrate! (with Ian Challis)
Tuesday, 1/1, 6:30pm-8:00pm Sit and Dharma talk with Jokai Blackwell
Wednesday, 1/2, 6:30pm-8:00pm Sit and Dharma talk with Founding Teacher Larry Yang
Thursday, 1/3, 6:30pm-8:00pm Sit and Dharma talk with Cheryl Slean
Friday, 1/4, 6:30pm-8:00pm Sit and Dharma talk with Lorene Jabola
Saturday, 1/5, 9:30am-4:30pm A Day of Mindfulness with Ian Challis
Sunday, 1/6, 4:30pm-6:00pm Regular Sunday Meeting with Founding Teacher Larry Yang

Suggested minimum donation at each event $10. Registration for the daylong $45. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Please give according to your means and ability so that these events are available to everyone.

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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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Directions of Buddhism in America

Greetings and blessings.  Please take a moment to read this insightful article from Lion's Roar on the directions of American Buddhism pointing to the work of ICD Teacher Larry Yang and many others throughout the United States.  Written by Ann Gleig, a Buddhist...

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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