Generosity Supports Community
Pledge Drive 2022
“Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small.”
~Jack Kornfield, founder, Insight Meditation Society
“Gratitude is like breathing in – letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out – sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. When we are awake and whole, breathing in and out happens naturally.”
~Senior Insight Teacher Tara Brach
Letter from the Insight Community of the Desert Board of Directors
Dear Sangha Friends:
Insight Community of the Desert (ICD) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the wisdom practices of Buddhist traditions and meditation to all who find us. We rely solely on the generosity of our community to achieve this goal.
These pandemic years have been no different.
So many stepped forward to transition us to a fully online temple; that monumental work during a window of profound uncertainty enabled us to gather.
Consistently, sangha members and teachers opened ICD’s virtual doors for Sunday and Tuesday sits and teachings; Daylongs, The Care Group, The Book Club, Just Sits, and the Metta Practice. Mediation, compassion, fellowship, and the dharma remained although our Tahquitz temple did not.
We used PayPal or sent checks to help with our bills. When that was not enough, the board used ICD’s savings.
Our efforts enabled us to not simply survive these last two-plus years, but also thrive in ways unimaginable pre-pandemic.
And now it is time for us to keep building.
To do that, we need the same sort of regular, dedicated, and predictable commitment from each of you that so many have already offered. We need it in the form of volunteers to carry forward the practice, and we need it in the form of a financial commitment.
A financial commitment — a pledge — means we can continue to provide a stipend to our teachers that pour into their dharma talks. It means we can pay for our email system, newsletters, Zoom account, data storage for our recordings, telephone, and storage for our former temple’s furniture and various supplies. And it means we can rent physical space again. You see, while we so, so need the cash contributions offered at each sit, we cannot budget based on that alone.
At present and through the pandemic, we have operated at a deficit. The board saw it as our duty to be a place of refuge for our community and those seeking safe harbor.
We ask you to reflect upon ICD in your life, what you’ve learned from our teachers, and what equanimity has resulted. Does this have value? Is this worth making a financial commitment to it?
If so, then it is our sincere hope you will make a monthly pledge to our sangha. It may be, as Larry Yang said during our 10-year celebration, the equivalent to a couple of lattes, or it may be more. The key is for us to know what our community can support, and therefore, what we can afford.
We hold deep and profound gratitude for those who have and continue to contribute to the building of our sangha, especially in this moment to those who’ve read this far in this letter. It is a reflection of your care and concern for the wellbeing of all. Thank you.
The ICD Board of Directors
My spiritual journey has been enriched and supported by Insight Community of the Desert. My ability and willingness to be with my unfolding experience with its joys and sorrows has been incredibly supported by the teachings and community I find at ICD.
I give as generously as I can to ICD because I know that I am supporting a place and people that I hold dear, a home that I hope will thrive for many years. My generosity is a practice, a practice from the heart.
~A sangha member