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« on: June 12, 2009, 11:13:30 pm »

First of all, I would like to ask if there are any Buddhists here. Second, I would be interested in whether being gay and being Buddhist have anything to do with each other, or are these things absolutely separate in your lives.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 05:29:42 pm »

Is not that which is Buddhist that which is Gay equally? We are neither, we simply are.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2020, 10:04:49 am »

我是佛教徒,也是G,但是我觉得没有什么关系。
我是因为佛教徒可以不用结婚,同时,我也认同佛陀的教法,所以选择出家。
就行部队里G比较多一样,你不能把部队跟G扯上关系吧。佛教说的因缘,就是说万事不绝对,随着缘分的变化而变化。
人会成为什么样的人,跟他自己的内心,周边环境都离不开关系,是不是因为一件事导致不能说得太绝对。
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 01:23:31 pm »

I am Buddhist.

For me they are strongly linked. I became interested in Buddhism in my teens because I realised I was gay and I initially tried to control myself to be not gay but then at a Buddhist meditation retreat I came to accept my sexuality. Then I was a follower of Burmese Therevada but now I am a member the Soto School of Zen Buddhism.

Buddhism is fundamentally about understanding the nature of self. As Dogen (the founder of the Soto school) most famously said:

"To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be verified by all things. To be verified by all things is to let the body and mind of the self and the body and mind of others drop off."

This is something that has to be experienced rather than understood but knowing this south asian, male, right-handed, introverted, gay, AI nerd body (including brain) is real and also indistinct from the incomprehensible flow of the universe means fully accepting the truth of my experience.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2020, 03:56:50 am »

I am a member of the Treeleaf Sangha, an international online Sangha of the Soto Zen school of Buddhism based in Tsukuba, Japan. Today’s zazenkai (meditation meeting) was dedicated to our LGBTQI+ ancestors. I found Jundo’s talk very moving.

If you are interested, the recorded version is on YouTube here:

[https://youtu.be/3IOVX6f1kig]

You will need to fast forward to about 55:55 if you are only interested in the talk.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2020, 03:10:21 pm »

Nice topic.  I consider myself Buddhist, in part for cultural reasons, and not just because I relate to Buddhist ideas about the nature of reality.

I am also an atheist - and one of the beauties of Zen Buddhism is that it is a spiritual path and philosophy that does not require what I consider to be superstitious beliefs in "god", or a desire for reward in some afterlife.

Buddhism is also inherently friendlier to sexual minorities - unlike the monotheisms, which are the origin of some of the most homophobic ideologies in history.

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