Shared interest network
The network for LGBT+ Buddhists, friends and allies
From Pride to Awakening: can you take part in ('gay') 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
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
European Buddhist LGBT+ Event Reports
Buddhist LGBT+ history
Religion and LGBT+
Buddhist LGBT+ Websites
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.
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.
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 priest Jana Drakka reads Thich Nhat Hanh's poem "Call Me By My True Names."