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.

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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Text reads Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Research Registration now open.  Colourful rainbow back ground with black image of Buddha and logos of Charles Darwin University and Rainbodhi.

Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists Report 2020

In 2020,  Dr Stephen Kerry from Charles Darwin University and Rainbodhi conducted a comprehensive survey into the lives and experiences of Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists. This important research showed that more than half of Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists are reluctant to reveal their LGBTQIA+ identities to their Buddhist communities. More than half have witnessed sexism, and one third have witnessed homophobia. Sadly, 16% have been wrongly told that their LGBTQIA+ identity is not in keeping with the Buddha’s teachings.

Find out more by reading the full report below.

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