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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 welcome everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or ability. Rainbodhi is a non-sectarian Buddhist group, welcoming people from all faiths or with no faith. All our events are free.

Our name combines two words; rainbow representing our diverse community and bodhi the Buddhist concept of Enlightenment. We believe in inclusion, compassion and wisdom.

If you’re interested in signing up to our mailing list or getting involved as a volunteer let us know.

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Help  get Rainbodhi’s booklet on LGBTQIA+ inclusion out into the world!

Last year, Rainbodhi raised funds to write, design and print a resource called Welcoming the Rainbow: a Guide to LGBTQIA+ Inclusion for Buddhists. It’s  now finished and on it’s way to the printers. We are really happy with it and want to reach as many people as possible. But we need your help to cover costs for postage and packing to get the resource into Buddhist centres across Australia and the world.

This year Rainbodhi is raising funds through GiveOUT Day, an annual festival of philanthropy benefitting LGBTQIA+ community organisations. All donors will receive a free copy of the book!

About the Booklet

Welcoming the Rainbow is a resource promoting awareness and understanding of diversity for Buddhists in temples, organisations and retreat centres. It introduces basic LGBTQIA+ terminology and explains practical steps Buddhist organisations can take to help make Buddhist spaces more safe and welcoming for LGBTQIA+ people.

The guide is produced by Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community, a spiritual friendship group and advocate for more inclusion and diversity in the broader Buddhist community. Written by Rainbodhi founder, Bhante Akāliko and filled with gorgeous illustrations by Venerable Yodha, the booklet was made with input from LGBTQIA+ Buddhists from around the world.

Catch up with Rainbodhi on YouTube

Watch recordings of past talks by Bhante Akaliko, Lama Rod Owens, Brother Phap Hai, Bhante Sumano, Melina Bondy and more. Visit Rainbodhi’s channel to view and make sure you subscribe for future videos.  

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Interviews: Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists Research

Interviews Now Open

In 2021, the second stage of the Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Research project is individual interviews. Register below to have your say about what it means to be a LGBTQIA+ Buddhist in Australia today.

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