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Quick Buddhism 101: 


Buddhism is a faith that was founded almost 2,500 years ago by Siddhartha Gautama, who lived from around 566 to 480 BC. Gautama was the son of an Indian warrior king and lived a lavish lifestyle, never coming short on life's most prized possessions. However, after becoming bored of his indulgence he decided to travel in order to find a deeper meaning to life. Upon his journey Gautama came into contact with an old man, an ill man, a corpse and an ascetic. After these interactions, he decided that at the end of life there is pain, leading him to renouncing all worldly possessions and devoting his life to becoming a monk in hopes to understand the ultimate truth of life. He reached enlightenment while meditating under a tree, and afterwards was known as the “Buddhah” (enlightened one) and traveled all over India to spread his knowledge. 


Some of the teachings of Buddhism are: 


The resources below relate to those who are spiritually aligned with Buddhism and have questions relating to sexuality and LGBTQ+ in Buddhism. 


Want to learn more? Click here for a more in depth introduction and resources on the history of Buddhism: https://www.pbs.org/edens/thailand/buddhism.htm

Buddhism Resources

  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde | Oral History

    Pamela Ayo Yetunde was born in Indianapolis in 1961. She grew up in a lower-middle class, almost all-Black neighborhood. She grew up with one younger brother and two cousins that lived nearby. Pamela’s father passed away when she was only eight years old. She attended United Methodist Church growing up and remembers going weekly. Pamela also recalls being brought up with many traditional values like reciting the Lord’s Prayer, not stealing, not lying, as well as “girl values” like being demure and modest.
  • 'LGBT people are also humans': Thai Buddhist monk backs equality

    BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With his simple saffron robe and shaved head, Shine Waradhammo stands out at the often loud and colourful LGBT+ events that he occasionally attends in Bangkok, listening intently, taking notes, and engaging cheerfully with anyone who approaches him. As a monk, Waradhammo is a rare - but welcome - presence in the LGBT+ community as Thailand prepares to pass a landmark civil partnership bill that would recognise same-sex unions with nearly the same legal rights as married couples.
    Spatial CoverageBangkok, Thailand
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
  • 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
    Spatial CoverageWorldwide
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
  • My Body, My Life

    How mindfulness has helped Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens live as a Black queer man in America.
  • George Takei on ‘Being Gay, Being Buddhist’

    The actor, author, and undisputed King of Social Media reflects on his fascinating personal history: his childhood and his family’s internment during World War II, his life as a gay man and activist, how far we’ve all come, and why we must press on together.
    Spatial CoverageCalifornia
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
  • LGBTQ Buddhists: Teachings, Profiles, and Conversations

    A collection of teachings from, profiles on, and conversations with LGBTQ folks in Buddhism. Featuring Larry Yang, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Steve Silberman, George Takei, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Finn Enke, Ellen Krug, Issan Dorsey, Lama Rod Owens, Jeff Wilson, Justin Simien, Caroline Contillo, Koshin Paley Ellison, Robert Chodo Campbell, Pablo Das, Ray Buckner, and more.
    Spatial CoverageWorldwide
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
  • Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: Buddhism

    Though it is impossible to present a comprehensive overview of Buddhism within this context, we hope this brief overview will lead you to further explore the religion. Based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, Buddhism is considered a way of life for more than 500 million individuals across the globe. The fourth largest religion in the world, Buddhism is largely built on concepts that foster individual enlightenment and encourage personal responsibility. It is sometimes described more as a philosophy or psychology than a religion.
    Spatial CoverageThe Internet
    Temporal Coverage21st Century
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