Shared interest network

The Buddhist LGBTI network


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Shared interest network

The Buddhist LGBTI network

This network addresses the spiritual concerns of the Buddhist queer community in Europe and provides news and information about Buddhism and LGBTi to interested people.

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Shared interest network

The Buddhist LGBTI network

From Pride to Enlightenment: how does your sexuality relate to your sense of self? It’s important to cultivate a positive attitude to ourselves, but how might identity stop us achieving our greatest potential in life?
This networks aims to inform and learn about sexual diversity and the dharma/dhamma: from Buddha Shakyamuni, over various teachers and traditions from the past till now. We also want to connect Buddhist LGBTi groups in Europe and share information about their initiatives.

Network coordinator: Munisha

If you have a contribution to the topic of a network (for example an article, a date for an event, a book, a video, …) and/or if you would like to take part in a network, please email the network coordinator.

Below we give some examples of reports, articles, talks and activities by various traditions.

Reports

Articles

Websites

Theravada

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.

Triratna

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.

Vajrayana

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."

Zen

<i>In 2012 <b>Centro Zen L’Arco</b> started to participate officially to the <b>Gay Pride of Rome</b>. It was the first time in Italy that a Sangha officially participated at Gay Pride.</i>

In 2012 Centro Zen L’Arco started to participate officially to the Gay Pride of Rome. It was the first time in Italy that a Sangha officially participated at Gay Pride.

Zen priest Jana Drakka reads Thich Nhat Hanh's poem "Call Me By My True Names."

Activities

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