Shared interest network
The Queer Buddhist network
From Pride to Awakening: can you take part in LGBT+ Pride as well as Buddhist meditation? In other words: is being queer a road-block on the spiritual journey towards Awakening? Or is it a highway? Or does it not matter?
We are a network of LGBT+ Buddhists, friends and allies, open to all Buddhist traditions. One of our goals is to inform and teach about sexual and gender diversity and the Dharma: from Buddha Shakyamuni, over various teachers and traditions from the past till now.
We also want to connect Buddhist LGBT+ groups/Queer Dharma-groups and teachers (in Europe and beyond) and share initiatives such as queer Dharma meetings, meditations, retreats, book-clubs, articles, videos, etc
Network coordinator: Michael
If you want to share something (a date for an event for example) or join us, please send us an e-mail or join us on FaceBook
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Many people have questions about the Rainbow Sangha, such as: Why do your refer to the rainbow? or: Why do you call yourselves a Sangha? or: Why do you need a separate group? ... In here we provide some answers.
NEW: survey on Buddhism, Gender, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
We cordially invite you to take part in our survey about Buddhism, Gender, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. We also hope you will forward it to your Buddhist friends and ask them to fill it in too. This questionnaire is for all Buddhists, even (maybe especially) if you don’t know much about LGBT+
Buddhism on (gay) Conversion Therapy
- Download the declaration: 'Conversion therapy has no place in the modern medical and spiritual world.' (in English)
- Download the background document to the declaration: 'Conversion therapy has no place in the modern medical and spiritual world.' (in English)
- Download the declaration: 'Conversion therapy has no place in the modern medical and spiritual world.' with signatories (2018)
European Buddhist LGBT+ Event Reports
Religion and LGBT+
Buddhist LGBT+ Websites
Video: Ajahn Brahm on same-sex marriage
Damma teaching on same-sex marriage (March 2012) by Ajahn Brahm, Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia.
Video: Munisha on Buddhism, Sexuality and Identity
This talk - 'Buddhism, Sexuality and Identity' - was given in 2011 by Munisha at the Manchester Buddhist Centre in the series ‘Buddhism and the Big Questions’.
Munisha has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 2003.
Video: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on sexual orientation and Buddhist meditation
In this video (published Jan 2015), Bhutanese lama Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche enjoins the audience to foster respect for LGBTi people. “Your sexual orientation has got nothing to do with understanding or not understanding the truth,” says Rinpoche, "If your meditation is not making you see the truth, you are basically rotting your butt."
Video: Michelle McNamara on being trans in Buddhism
Buddhist trans woman Michelle McNamara bears witness to her spiritual journey in Buddhism