Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Mindfulness in a CrAzy World: a daylong retreat with Beth Mulligan and Larry Yang

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

Waking Up in Relationship: A half-day retreat and workshop with Cheryl Slean

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Relationship can sometimes seem like the last frontier of spiritual practice. Because there’s so much that goes on inside when we’re interacting with others, it’s easy to lose awareness and fall back into old, unhelpful habits of relating. Bringing receptive mindfulness and wise reflection to our encounters is not only possible, it’s a deeply educational process that paves the way for significant positive change.

This half-day mindfulness workshop will focus on improving our relationships by including them in our daily life practice. Through reflection, group process and meditation we’ll explore topics like compassion with safe boundaries, forgiveness, releasing the need to change or judge others, and relational mindfulness practices. You’ll come away with skills and understandings that will help you find your way toward more harmonious, compassionate and fulfilling relationships.

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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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

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