Intersections of Gender, Identity, and Buddhism: an interview with LGBTIQ meditation teacher La Sarmiento

La Sarmiento LGBTIQ Buddhist teacher

Today I am delighted to introduce readers to La Sarmiento, a long time Vipassana meditator and teacher who will be co-leading a retreat at the Garrison Institute called “Embodying Presence in Our Lives: A Mindfulness Meditation Weekend for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Communities”  in April along with fellow teachers Madeline Klyne, Eric Kolvig, PhD, and Jacoby Ballard.Many thanks to Sam Mowe of the Garrison Institute for connecting us and to La for taking the time … [Read more...]

Are Mormons Christians? Defining Religious Identity

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“Violence is fomented by the imposition of singular and belligerent identities on gullible people, championed by proficient artisans of terror.” - Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence Chris Henderson over at Approaching Justice is hosting a round-table of sorts to discuss the question: Are Mormons Christians?It is an interesting question, even for those on the outside. As we saw last week, some people in prominent positions in Buddhism were quick to claim that Aaron Alexis couldn't really be … [Read more...]

Buddhism: IDENTITY, who we are

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One of my growing obsessions is the question of identities, the identities we ascribe to ourselves. Think about it. Think about the last time you uttered the words, "I am..."How did you complete that sentence? For instance, most people I know and who read this blog are American. We could all say, "I am an American." What does that mean though? What, specifically, does it mean for the way I live in the world? Does it mean that I wave a red, white, and blue flag? Does it mean I support the ideals … [Read more...]


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