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The Past, Present and Future of Insight Community of the Desert

February 14, 2021 @ 4:30 pm 6:00 pm

It’s Time to Celebrate our 9th Anniversary Together

Join us in a special ceremony to honor our Sangha, our Teachers and the formation of the Guiding Council.

Our history

The story of our 9 years together is of growth and responsiveness to changing circumstances. On February 5, 2012 ten spiritual friends met in the living room of Larry Yang and Stephen Pickard with the intention of creating a community of mindfulness practitioners. Just 2 months later, on April 28, 90 people celebrated the first meeting at the Center for Spiritual Living. With the aspiration of creating our own home for practice and service, we began the search for our own building. On July 26, 2015 the dream was realized and we joyously convened the first meeting at 1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.

Today in 2021 we find ourselves in a similar space as in our beginnings, one of fluid change. Our building lease has expired; we are placing our statues in the care of the Guiding Council and other items in storage. We may appear adrift, but our resources go deep. Our spiritual practice and resiliency, which has kept us together in the uncertainty of the last year, can hold us as we look for our next spiritual home. With responsiveness to the Sangha, our Guiding Council and Board can provide the loving leadership to make the decisions which will shape our near future.

The Ceremony

Many of those who formed the original Sangha will be with us at the meeting. Cheryl Slean will lead the meditation. Larry Yang and Beth Mulligan, our former Guiding Teachers, will share thoughts on ICDs past. Ian Challis will speak of the present and introduce the Guiding Council. Adrian Estrada (current Diversity Chair) and Larry Naishtut (current Treasurer) will join the Board in a bell ringing ritual to bring in the future.  


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February 14
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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