Now Online: Born This Way – The Liberating Practice of Self-Acceptance

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Now Online: Born This Way – The Liberating Practice of Self-Acceptance
Insight OUT: LGBTQI Sangha & Allies

with La Sarmiento

Monday, June 22nd, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm, ET

This Insight Out LGBTQI Sangha evening sit is open to all.

As LGBTQIA+ people, it took years for many of us to fully accept and to celebrate who we are. For this gathering in the month of Pride, I will share my journey from assimilation to liberation through the teachings and practices of the Buddha. Through guided meditation, mindful movement, chanting, small and large group sharing, and song, may we know and trust our rainbow-infused buddhanature and share it with the world for the liberation of all beings!

Come join us for meditation and discussion to meet and socialize with other LGBTQI practitioners at NYI.

Available online by Zoom:

Or, dial by your location
+16465588656,,128621354# US (New York)

Meeting ID: 128 621 354
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Our community is open to students of all Buddhist traditions, as well as those who are in the beginning stages of exploring their meditation practice and have an interest in the Dharma. All those who identify as LGBTQI are welcome.

We gather to form a multicultural community in which we can support each other in our practice with a commitment toward social change.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.



La Sarmiento

La Sarmiento has been practicing Vipassana meditation and has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) since 1998. La is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leadership IV program sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA in 2012.

Since 2006, La has been the guiding teacher/leader of the IMCW Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Sangha and the IMCW People of Color Sangha. They* integrate the Kalyana Mitta process and the concepts of Respectful Confrontation and Non-violent Communication into their gatherings to create a sacred space for group wisdom to arise. La is also a senior retreat/event manager committed to bringing diverse teachers and programs to IMCW and to making the Dharma accessible to all.

La has been a lead teacher of mindfulness teen retreats in Virginia through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education since 2011, has co-taught the LGBTIQ Retreat at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY since 2014, and has co-taught the Young Adults Retreat at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2014. They are currently a mentor in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

La lives with their partner Wendy and their rescue pups Annabel and Bader in Towson, MD.

*La’s 3rd-person pronouns are they/their/them.

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