La Sarmiento has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998. They are the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas, a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and Cloud Sangha, a contributor to the Ten Percent Happier app, and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Training Program.
In this episode, Eric and La discuss how to move from suffering to acceptance and belonging through mindfulness practices.
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La Sarmiento and I Discuss Suffering and Acceptance and…
- Finding connection and acceptance with someone who has very different beliefs
- Their feeling of not belonging in the dominant culture
- When they decided to claim their belonging
- Their important work helping teens
- How they intentionally doesn’t prepare her Dharma talks ahead of time
- The questions to ask when suffering
- How being mindful doesn’t mean doing it right, it’s being aware of what you’re doing
- Taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and Sangha helps them to remember to mindful
- The practice of learning to be more comfortable with being uncomfortable
- How the dominant culture needs to better understand inclusion and assimilation
- How their dog Casey opened her heart
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