Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

New! Sunday Dharma Talks: Every third Sunday of the month we meet in-person and Zoom; all other Sundays are Zoom only meetings. Subscribe to our Newsletter for updates!

Meditation for Everyone

Have questions about meditation?

We all do.

Whether you are curious about exploring meditation for the first time, or you’ve been practicing for years, questions about the instructions, postures, and challenges encountered are entirely normal!

We’re pleased to offer a monthly drop-in meditation class at 10:00 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, taught by one of our Guiding Council members. The class is geared toward beginners and those wanting a refresher or with questions about their practice. This one-hour class will be offered via Zoom.

The suggested donation for this class is $20

Saturday, November 5 – Jokai Blackwell

Saturday, December 3 – Mary Stancavage

Saturday, January 7, 2023 – Ian Challis

Sundays in October & November: the Noble Eightfold Path

Buddhist dharma invites us toward the joys of liberation and peace. In our practice we incline the mind and heart toward freedom, and it is a gradual (yet sure) process with a path.

The teachings offer us what the Buddha called the Noble Eightfold Path: eight interdependent and synergistic areas of practice that together lead us toward true happiness: Wise View, Intention, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, and Concentration.

Starting Sunday, October 2, and proceeding week by week, we will carefully investigate each location on the path as a deep teaching and uncover practical tools we can use right now to free our minds and hearts.

Oct 2 Ian Challis Overview of the Path
Oct 9 Mary Stancavage Wise View
Oct 16 Jokai Blackwell Wise Intention
Oct 23 Tenshin Fletcher Wise Speech
Oct 30 Mary Stancavage Wise Action
Nov 6 Valerie Cusson  Wise Livelihood
Nov 13 Ian Challis Wise Effort
Nov 20 Mary Stancavage Wise Mindfulness
Nov 27 Jokai Blackwell Wise Concentration

 

Join us online for these regular events…

Meditation as Refuge

6:30 – 8 pm

Meditation as Refuge extends a weekly invitation to everyone who would like to explore meditation as a support for their spiritual development. The intention is to focus on realizing our innate capacity for care, compassion and mutual respect.

Just Sit

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Join friends and sangha for a silent 45 minute peer-led sit. Everyone is welcome!

Weekly Metta Meditation with Ian Challis & Friends

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

When the Buddha’s followers felt anxious and afraid, he taught them the practice of mettā or lovingkindness meditation. Mettā is a form of practice that helps us touch deeply into our own hearts, uncover the energies of kindness and compassion, and share these energies for the benefit of all beings.

If you would like to explore this powerful practice, please join Ian Challis & Friends online. These 45- minute meetings will be practice-focused with most of the time spent in meditation. If you are new to the practice, great! We will learn by doing. After practice, there will be time for questions and sharing.

Spotlight

Volunteering is a Beautiful Act of Generosity

Dear Sangha,

As we prepare to come back to in-person gatherings, there is also the opportunity to build in-person community again. Part of creating the space to share the dharma is the need for volunteers to support it.

Volunteering is a beautiful act of generosity and can be considered a form of dana. Your time helps to support the sangha and teachers which enables us to offer the dharma today, tomorrow, and beyond. Being of service in this way also lets us connect with others outside of the Zoom mosaic, gently moving into re-entry.

You can volunteer in any number of ways. Can you help set up a few chairs or tables? Can you help with checking people in at a daylong? Can you help greet at the Sunday group? Can you help with online support? There are several ways to help us move into this next iteration of ICD, and we really do need you.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Anette Libman at volunteer@desertinsight.org

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