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  • Coming Home to Ourselves

    Wednesday February 28, 2024 - Sunday March 3, 2024
    Dhamma Dena Meditation Center

    with Jokai Blackwell, Mary Stancavage, and Ian Challis
    assisted by Valerie Cusson

    You are warmly invited to a 4-night retreat at Dhamma Dena Meditation Center, set within the grandeur and serenity of the Mojave Desert. Supported by Insight Community of the Desert’s guiding teachers, we will follow a time-honored schedule of meditation, dharma talks, delicious vegetarian meals, and time for rest, all held in a container of silence.

    An in-person, multi-day retreat is a rare and invaluable opportunity to reconnect with our Sangha and deepen our vital connections. Coming together to practice, we will cultivate the energy and support that allows the body-mind to find refuge in the kind embrace of Buddhist teachings. Please join us in coming home to what is truly important, in the company of friends, for the benefit of all.


    This retreat is being offered on a sliding scale basis. Please donate at the highest level you can afford. The higher cost options support those unable to afford the suggested amount, in addition to providing our hosts with a reasonable donation to cover their costs. For those with limited financial resources, please select “Other” when registering and input the commensurate amount. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

    Your registration covers simple, rustic accommodations for four nights, as well as three healthy, vegetarian meals each day. There will be an opportunity to support the teachings through the heart practice of dana (generosity).

    This retreat is organized by Insight Community of the Desert. Click HERE to register.

  • ICD Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday March 17, 2024
    ONLINE - Presented by Insight Community of the Desert

    This Sunday Meditation and Dharma Talk will be held live **Online via Zoom** from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

    There will be time for meditation, a dharma talk, and comments and questions.

    For more information, visit ICD’s website.

    To join by Zoom, click the Zoom Link.

  • LBM Sunday Dharma

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sunday March 24, 2024
    Online or In-Person! Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    On Sunday afternoons Long Beach Meditation offers meditation practice and a Dharma Talk by one of our established Teachers and on special occasions invited guests. This class invites participants to find support, guidance, and the energy to do the challenging work of awakening. After a welcoming introduction, the bell is rung to begin our 30-minute meditation. There is a short break to stretch our legs, use the restroom, have a cup of tea, and chat with others. Returning to our seats, the remaining time allows for a Dharma Talk followed by discussion and questions and answers. We concluded with a brief metta chant for those who would like to join:

    May all beings be happy and safe from harm.
    May all beings be healthy in body and in mind.
    May all beings be peaceful and free from suffering.

    This class is suitable for all levels of experience and is held both in person and online. All are welcome and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

    Suggested Donation $15

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