Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community

Rainbodhi is a spiritual friendship group for LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and an advocate for more inclusion and diversity in the broader Buddhist community. We offer meditation, Dhamma discussion and social events in a safe, supportive environment. We are non-sectarian and welcome everyone regardless of gender, sexuality or faith. All our events are free.

Our name  combines two words; rainbow representing our diverse community and bodhi the Buddhist concept of Enlightenment.

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Hear About Rainbodhi's Story

Bhante Akāliko, founder of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community, talks about the history of Rainbodhi and discusses the steps individuals and organisations can take to ensure Buddhist spaces are inclusive and safe for rainbow Buddhists.

Watch the video below.

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Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists Research Report

Read the report by Dr Stephen Kery from Charles Darwin University into the lives and experiences of Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists. This important research was sponsored by Rainbodhi, and showed that for some LGBTQIA+ Australians their practice of Buddhism and their involvement in Buddhist communities is disrupted by negative attitudes and discrimination.

More than half of Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists are reluctant to reveal their LGBTQIA+ identities to their Buddhist communities. More than half have witnessed sexism within their Buddhist communities, and one third have witnessed homophobia. And 16% have been told that their LGBTQIA+ identity is not in keeping with the
Buddha’s teachings.

Rainbodhi Share and Care Group

Rainbodhi Share and Care Group on Facebook is a place for you to make connections with Rainbodhi friends from around the world. Share your resources, events and stories about LGBTQIA+ Buddhism.

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Rainbodhi is part of the Safe Space Alliance, a LGBTQI+ led non-profit organisation that aims to help people identify, navigate, and create safe spaces for the LGBTQI+ community worldwide