The Buddha and Quan Yin embark on a sacred journey.

On February 28, 2021, the last class to be held at Insight Community of the Desert’s longtime meeting space on Tahquitz Way came to a graceful and grateful close, led over Zoom from the beloved Dharma hall by Guiding Council member Jokai Blackwell Sensei. After careful and considered debate, the ICD Board of Directors decided to end the organization’s lease on the current Dharma hall due to the rental of adjacent areas to a party-supply store, as well as the now year-long prohibition of in-person meetings during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Two of the organization’s sacred images left with the teacher, well-insulated against both cold and shocks, to their temporary home at Yojoki-Zen Mountain Center near Mount San Jacinto in the range just north of Palm Springs. As Jokai said to the gathered Sangha: “I like to think of them as going for a bit of rest and relaxation in the mountains, taking a bit of a vacation from the cares of the world.”

To all appearances, the realized guests are presently enjoying their room with a view. Quan notes that the cries of the world still rise to her ears.

The community’s third Buddha image is being cared for at the home of Guiding Council member Lorene Jabola pending the location of a suitable new meeting space. Lorene responded to the delivery of the large noble figure earlier last month: “Deep bows to an easeful arrival of the Buddha rupa at our home this morning. We are honored.”

The ICD Board of Directors will be seeking a new permanent space over the months to come, in anticipation of the eventual lifting of restrictions on group events as the pandemic eases. A Town Hall meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month following the Sunday Meditation and Dharma talk, to update the Sangha on developments and respond to questions and concerns from the community.

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