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July 2017

Mindfulness in a CrAzy World with Beth Mulligan and Larry Yang

July 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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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…

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August 2017

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

August 19, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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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…

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September 2017

Connecting to our Heart’s Refuge with Ian Challis

September 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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A daylong retreat at Insight Community of the Desert


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?

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October 2017

Awakening Together: Building Beautiful and Beloved Communities with Larry Yang

October 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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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…

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December 2017

Personal and Boundless Loving Kindness with Amma Thanasanti

December 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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A daylong retreat at Insight Community of the Desert


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?

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January 2018

A Day of Mindfulness: Ancient Teachings for Modern Times with Beth Mulligan

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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Meditation and mindfulness are everywhere: in hospitals, clinics, and schools; in major medical, psychological, and scientific journals; on TV; and in popular publications—even on the cover of Time magazine. And thankfully so—since Jon Kabat-Zinn developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a treatment blending meditation and yoga, it has been proven effective in treating conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression for sufferers around the world. Lesser known, however, are the deep philosophical roots of MBSR known as the Buddhist dharma,…

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February 2018

A Half-Day retreat: Solid Foundation: Simple Practice with Ian Challis

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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The focus of our day will be on individual meditation practice with minimal teaching or instruction. We'll alternate silent sitting and walking periods, eating meditation, and lovingkindness practice with some basic instructions and support. Please join Ian Challis, and your friends at Insight Community of the Desert as we co-create a supportive space for meditation and inner exploration. Note: If you are enrolled in the Solid Foundation meditation class, you are already registered for this event. Register Instructor: Ian Challis has…

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March 2018

A Daylong Retreat: Living the Four Noble Truths with Pablo Das

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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Join Pablo Das at Insight Community of the Desert for this daylong retreat on the Four Noble Truths. The central message of the four noble truths is that every human life has an ever changing balance of pleasure and pain within it. Buddhist practice is a call to develop equal presence for the preferable and not so preferable conditions of our lives. In this series we will look at the four truths as much more than just a central Buddhist…

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April 2018

Cultivating Joy as a Practice: A Daylong Retreat for LGBTQI and Gender Fluid

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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Cultivating Joy as a Practice: A Daylong Retreat for LGBTQI and Gender Fluid Neurologists, psychologists and even medical doctors now acknowledge that the energies of appreciation, joy and gratitude are key elements for sustaining good health and happiness. Buddhism has many practices that contribute to this well being and in particular is the cultivation of joy and appreciation. We don't have to be any different than we are, nor improve ourselves to appreciate what is already living inside of us.…

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May 2018

The End of Craving: A Practical Workshop-Retreat

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Insight Community of the Desert, 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Bldg C - 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92264 United States
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The Buddha taught that freedom from suffering can be realized simply by letting go of craving.  Sounds good, but simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy!  In practice we find that “letting go of craving” is a multifaceted learning process that involves recognizing craving in its many forms (what’s the difference between craving and wholesome desire?), viewing it correctly (not as a failing but as a natural human process), and learning to work with it skillfully.  Ultimately, it’s compassion that lets go…

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