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Season of Gratitude & Generosity

So grateful for our community and these amazing opportunities!

We hope this finds you well and happy as we move into the autumn months. We’d like to renew our welcome to Insight Community of the Desert, and all the wonderful ways that we share and express spiritual community, or sangha.

In the months ahead, we have so much to be grateful for, and so many opportunities for practice and being together. Please read ahead for all the wonderful events that are happening now and coming up soon!

Here are some of the beautiful practice opportunities that we have to be grateful for now and in the next few months:


Nov 16: Arinna Weisman Daylong – Dedicated to the Practice of Finding Love (click to register).
Exploring the opening of the heart as a spiritual practice, with one of the nation’s leading Insight Meditation teachers, (and dear friend to our sangha).

November 3 and 17: Guest Teachers.
We welcome back guest teachers John Martin, Carol Cano, and welcome for the first time Noliwe Alexander. We can be grateful for the diversity of our teachers, lineages, and life experiences.

Nov 17: Pledge month begins.
The practical expression of the awakening heart! Our opportunity to offer support and health to what we value, what we know  to be of value and benefit to our communities.

Nov 28: Thanksgiving – Feast of Gratitude (click to RSVP).
Another first! Join your friends at 3:00pm on Thanksgiving to share food and fun with like-minded folks.

December 7: An afternoon with Alan Arkin! (click to register).
Acclaimed Academy Award winner Alan Arkin is coming to ICD to offer an afternoon of insightful stories reflecting his life and spiritual journey! This is a benefit fundraiser for ICD, and an amazing expression of Alan’s gratitude and affection for ICD, and teachers Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill.

December 29 – January 5: Welcoming the New Year – A Week of Practice.
Welcome the New Year with ICD teachers and sangha with a practice event each day! Start the year with mindfulness and a grateful heart! 

Please join your community in this “Season of Gratitude & Generosity”! What we are creating together at Insight Community of the Desert touches many hearts and the goodness of our practice benefits beings without limit!


Reuel Young, President
For the Board


Ian Challis, Guiding Teacher
For the Teachers Circle

Gratitude is…

  • The foundation for real connection and spiritual growth.

  • Meeting what arises with the quality of acceptance and friendliness.

  • Opening our hearts to what we appreciate and allowing that appreciation to support us.

  • Present when we feel most connected to our authentic selves.

  • An appreciation of our blessings and a heartfelt desire to pass them on to others.

  • A blessing of infinite power!

Generosity is…

  • Expressing our gratitude through giving love, compassion, time, energy, and resources to serve the highest welfare of all beings.

  • One of the Three Pillars of the Dharma, along with ethical conduct and meditation.

  • The first (and the foundation) of the 10 Paramis – essential elements of the Boddhisattva path.

  • The essence and expression of unconditional love – the boundlessly open heart-mind.

  • Selfless. Free from attachment and expectation of reward or recognition.

  • Contagious. The generosity of others encourages and supports our own, and vice versa!


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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