Buddhism Resources

Listed below is a compilation of resources arranged by media regarding faith affirming resources for LGBTQ Buddhist Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders:

ARTICLES

Hy, V. (2017, Aug 18). Buddhism, diaspora and the challenge of faith in queer communities.

http://archermagazine.com.au/2017/08/buddhism-diaspora-queer-communities/

Iwohara, J. (2018, March 2) Affirmed by Primal Vow.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/affirmed-primal-vow-john-iwohara/

(2018, Sep 30) Ichimi 2018 Opening Message (LGBTQ Seminar at GBC).

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ichimi-2018-opening-message-john-iwohara/

Wilson, J. (2017, Jun 27). A Big Gay History of Same-sex Marriage in the Sangha.

https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/big-gay-history-same-sex-marriage-sangha/

Human Rights Campaign | Buddhism Resources

https://www.hrc.org/resources/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-buddhism

BOOKS

Devdutt Pattanaik

I Am Divine. So Are You: How Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism Affirm the Dignity of Queer Identities and Sexualities. Element. 2017

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077N6V411/r.

Larry Yang

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community. Somerville: Wisdom Publications. 2017.

https://www.amazon.com/Awakening-Together-Spiritual-Inclusivity-Community/dp/161429351 1

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Buddhist Churches of America

http://www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/

The BCA is a Shin Buddhist organization that has lobbied for the Boy Scouts of America to abandon homophonic policies and has presented pro-LGBTQ+ seminars such as “Embraced by the Heart of Amida Buddha: The LGBTQ Community & Shin Buddhism.” The organization continues to promote a pro-LGBTQ+ perspective with Buddhism.

Soka Gakkai International

http://www.sgi-usa.org/

Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA) is the most diverse Buddhist community in the United States with more than 500 chapters and some 100 centers throughout the country.

SGI-USA is part of the larger SGI network, which comprises more than 12 million people in 192 countries and territories around the world. SGI members base their practice on the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, which teaches that each person has within the courage, wisdom and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges. Based on core Buddhist principles such as respecting the dignity of human life and the interconnectedness of self and the environment, SGI engages in various peace activities, including human rights education, the movement to abolish nuclear weapons and efforts to promote sustainable development.

Trans Buddhists

https://transbuddhists.org/

VIDEOS

Equality Hawaii | Engaged Buddhism

https://vimeo.com/37489800