Welcome to 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.

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Welcoming the Rainbow: A Guide to LGBTQIA+ Inclusion for Buddhists


Welcoming the Rainbow is Rainbodhi’s new 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 and printed with the generous support of donors from around the world.

Hard copies of the booklet have been sent to Buddhist centres all over the world, including America, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France,  Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom and many more!  Thanks to everyone who supported the resource and helped us get the booklet where it needs to go

Our Youtube Channel


Rainbodhi’s Youtube channel contains teachings, recordings and a range of offerings from past events.

Rainbodhi Share + Care Group


Rainbodhi Share & Care group is here to help connect and support members of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community.
We promote discussion about Buddhism and being LGBTQIA+. This is a safe space. Any racism, sexism, cis-sexism, transphobia, biphobia or homophobia will result in being banned from the group.
If you’re feeling alone or anxious about life, you can find spiritual friendship and support here. If you need goods, services or help, just reach out and our community can share what we have.
Tell us your stories, share your cares.

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