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We reserve the right to cancel a class or event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event you’ve registered for, you will be offered a full refund. If an event has to be postponed for any reason, you will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer your registration to the same event at the new, future date.

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Please join us for an InsightLA Community Potluck! Come share in the joys of sangha, connection, and food.

Schedule: Sunday, 11:30am – 1:30pm PT

What to bring:
If your heart feels called to share, perhaps bring 1 food item/dish and label if vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free (please note: we are not tracking who is bringing what).
Bringing food is not required; the presence of your beautiful self is enough.

About this gathering:
Early Buddhist teaching emphasizes sangha and kalyana mitta (trans. “kalyana”  meaning spiritual, admirable, lovely or beautiful; and “mitta” meaning friendship) as paramount for supporting inner freedom. There is no sangha without our community and each one of you are important in our community. Please come experience the nourishment of sangha, while supporting it with your presence.

Some intentions for this gathering:

  • To support the deepening of community, sangha and spiritual friendship at InsightLA
  • To break down barriers between practitioners; both seen and unseen
  • To spread joy
  • To support freedom from suffering and the progressive refinement of joy


Melissa McKay Teacher

Melissa began her path of meditation in 1998 with a small group of dedicated practitioners in Oakland, CA with her beloved, though not known, teacher named Barbara Janus who introduced her to the teachings of Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma. Her first retreat was with Sayadaw U Pandita and the profound changes she saw in... Read more

Michael Karakashian, PhD Teacher

Michael joined the InsightLA community in 2014 and has been practicing insight meditation and a commitment to inner self-development since 1998. His initial/primary teacher at that time was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, among others. He has a deep commitment to inner self-development and to bringing practice from the cushion into daily life. Michael’s... Read more

Lisa Kring, LCSW Teacher

Lisa Kring is an LCSW (MSW-USC) and is a committed practitioner of Theravada Vipassana mediation for over twenty years. She is a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program and Advanced Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock, and has studied with many teachers over the years, including Dan Siegel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ven Analayo, Ven Ayya Tathaaloka and... Read more

Alexis Moore Staff

Alexis Moore serves as the Events Administrator for InsightLA, bringing her gratitude for the Dharma and passion for community to the forefront. With two years of dedicated practice in Vipassana meditation and study of Buddhist philosophy, Alexis integrates the teachings into her work, aiming to help foster wholesome and fruitful experiences for all.

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