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.
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."