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Confessions of a Transvestite Buddhist

By Munisha on Sun, 3 Apr, 2016 - 23:40

Confessions of a Transvestite Buddhist

By Munisha on Sun, 3 Apr, 2016 - 23:40

Devamitra’s new book, Confessions of a Transvestite Buddhist: A Quest for Manhood was launched at the London Buddhist Centre (UK) on 18th March.

The book’s blurb asks, ”What drives a man to dress as a woman? What kind of man is a cross-dresser? Is he even a man at all, or is he something else? What exactly is a man, anyway? None of the explanations offered by psychologists, sociologists and others satisfied Devamitra… And they certainly provided no answers to the questions that troubled...

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Rainbow highlights from The Buddhist Centre Online

By Munisha on Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 16:20

Rainbow highlights from The Buddhist Centre Online

By Munisha on Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 16:20

To mark Pride week(end) around the world, and Friday’s landmark announcement that the US Supreme Court has declared conservative states’ opposition to same-sex marriage unconstitutional, you may have noticed that The Buddhist Centre Online’s logo has spontaneously developed a joyful rainbow background!

America’s historic news came just before the weekend on which many cities traditionally celebrate LGBTQ Pride, around the anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Riots of 28th June 1969; often seen as the birth of the modern gay...

Triratna News
Triratna News

The “Triratna gender-diverse Buddhist group” on Facebook

By Munisha on Sun, 14 Jun, 2015 - 00:38

The “Triratna gender-diverse Buddhist group” on Facebook

By Munisha on Sun, 14 Jun, 2015 - 00:38

Triratna has many Facebook pages, personal and collective. Padmavyuha (UK) writes with news about one of the newest, with already nearly 90 members.

The Triratna gender-diverse Buddhist Facebook group  is “open to anyone who experiences or identifies themselves as (for example) trans, intersex, genderqueer, gender-questioning or genderless. It’s open to our allies too; anyone who wants to support us better.”

Padmavyuha continues, “The Triratna community is a very nourishing environment for many women and men practising the Dharma, but not everybody experiences themselves simply...

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Form and emptiness: Triratna Stockholm holds first LGBTQ retreat

By Munisha on Sat, 13 Jun, 2015 - 19:02

Form and emptiness: Triratna Stockholm holds first LGBTQ retreat

By Munisha on Sat, 13 Jun, 2015 - 19:02

Vajradarshini is the new Chair of Triratna’s Stockholm Buddhist Centre. 

She writes: “Last month the Stockholm sangha held its first LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning; known in Swedish as HBTQ) retreat, hoisting a rainbow flag at Dharmagiri, our retreat centre north of Stockholm. (Domestic flagpoles are standard in Sweden, flying a penant in the national colours of blue and yellow.) Fifteen Order members, mitras and friends gathered from Sweden, Finland and Norway to explore the way gender...

Triratna News
Triratna News

“Pride: The Movie” - the Triratna factor

By Munisha on Fri, 12 Sep, 2014 - 00:20

“Pride: The Movie” - the Triratna factor

By Munisha on Fri, 12 Sep, 2014 - 00:20

A new British comedy film opens today in the UK. One of the conditions for the arising of this moving and hilarious film is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order: Upekshapriya, member of the Manchester sangha and longtime film-maker at Clear Vision.

Starring leading British actors Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, Pride: The Movie is an account of a little-known episode in recent British history. In the 1980s, under Margaret Thatcher’s government, a group of gay...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Buddhism, Sexuality, And Identity

By Candradasa on Tue, 30 Aug, 2011 - 18:55

Buddhism, Sexuality, And Identity

By Candradasa on Tue, 30 Aug, 2011 - 18:55

On thebuddhistcentre.com we’ll be bringing you the best Triratna video Dharma teaching, on the kinds of issues we hope you’ll want to bring your own practice to bear. This new talk by Munisha gets straight to the heart of the matter!

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? And how...