“[Being Gender Diverse] isn’t a matter of a whim or ideology but a deeply experienced need to find oneself in the world in a different kind of way from the conventional man/woman division. And, recognising that the Dharma is all about experiencing our humanity as deeply and truly as possible, that includes bringing in our gender experience obviously.”
To celebrate Dublin Pride 2018, and Buddhist Action Month (BAM), the Dublin Buddhist Centre hosted a special Pride celebration on the 25th June. Kasey Tobin, a GFR Mitra involved in the event gives us a flavour of the event.
“This event was facilitated by a number of us in the Dublin Sangha with LGBT+ experiences. As LGBT+ people we have seen a lot of progress in securing our human rights in the last few...
Check out our fabulous Instagram / Facebook story about why diversity matters to Triratna. There’s a lot of work to do in our community. We want everyone to feel welcomed at our Buddhist Centres around the world. It’s a priority of Triratna’s International Council -...
Clear Vision’s latest NewsByte takes us to Triratna’s Gender diverse group’s first day of study and sangha at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Kamalanandi shares his own story of transitioning and explains how and why the group was set up.
13th-15th May this year saw Adhisthana host the first ever weekend retreat for Triratna’s gender diverse sangha. Kamalanandi was there. (Apologies for an email mixup which has delayed publication of his report.)
Following the earlier set of talks about different areas of challenge for contemporary Buddhists in the modern world - at times sobering as we heard evoked strongly the huge needs involved - we get to hear some tales of ordinary communities of practitioners who are doing something creative in response.
Today was devoted to looking at our relationship with a suffering world and how we might meet its needs as a community.
The morning saw short but heartfelt talks from • Akuppa (UK), on climate change and the effect it is already having, including its relationship to refugee crises; • Viveka (North America), on moving towards greater ethnic diversity in Triratna; • Yashosagar (India), on combatting poverty and discrimination, looking at the teachings of Dr Ambedkar.
The film of Parami’s interview with Kamalanandi and Padmavyuha about gender diversity in Triratna on the occasion of the first residential retreat for gender diverse people in our community. A timely and topical discussion about the issues raised in society generally by changes in awareness around gender – and in a particular Buddhist culture as it expands its sense of itself to be more inclusive and more forward thinking about a crucial area of personal identity. The implications for ideas of...