Shared interest network

The Queer Buddhist network

Rainbow Sangha

Shared interest network

The Queer Buddhist network

We connect Queer/LGBTQIA+ Buddhists, friends and allies (in Europe and beyond) and want to share news & information about Buddhism and LGBTQIA+ to interested people.


Shared interest network

The Queer Buddhist network

From Pride to Awakening: can you take part in LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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.

Buddhism on (gay) Conversion Therapy

European Buddhist LGBT+ Event Reports

<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.

Queer Buddhism

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


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