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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 from around the world.

Download a digital copy of the booklet below.

Request a hard copy of Welcoming the Rainbow for you or your Buddhist community.

Hard copies of the booklet will be available soon. Help us make sure the resource reaches the places it needs to go. Request some hard copies for your Buddhist organisation, retreat centre, temple or monastery by filling in the contact form below.

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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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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 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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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