Gay Buddhist Sangha

Gay Buddhist Sangha


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Please join your LGBT sisters, brothers, and friends for inspirational teachers and meditation via Zoom. See details in the screenshot below. We hope to see you there. David Richo, notable author and psychotherapist will be joining us as co-host.
Please join your LGBY sisters, brothers, and friends for inspirational teachers and meditation via Zoom. See details in the screenshot below. We hope to see you there. David Richo, notable author and psychotherapist will be joining us as co-host.
How’s everyone doing Not claiming to be an expert but if you wish to discuss feel free to.
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GBS, Gay Buddhist Sanfha, is reforming as a virtual group via Zoom, as Q***r Friends of the Buddha. Our first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 27, at 4 pm. Any interested persons are asked to email me at [email protected] if they would like yonoarticipate. All orificios te will be considered co-founding members and will replace the previous oligarchy known as the “Steering Committee.” We will not be a 501(C) charitablemorganization so we will not have a president; only a treasurer for Dana purposes. More info to come as it becomes available. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Hello there, spread the word & join the journey 🙏 namaste
This is a brilliant little book of concise insights by two gay male meditation teachers who have been in a committed loving relationship for 15 years. Unlike many of the meditation teachers around these days they are authentic. I strongly recommend this book:
If you want to know who you were, see who you are. If you want to know who you are going to be, see what you are doing .
An amazing little book that covers the entire spectrum of the Buddhist path without getting bogged down in cultural trappings (and written by a same-sex couple).
Hi Folks, I am pleased as punch to announce that my book, Resting in Stillness: The Heart of the Buddhist Path, is now available in most online bookstores. I wrote this under my Buddhist name (Pema Duddul) with Martin Jamyang Tenphel, my dharma other-half and same-sex partner of nearly 15 years (anniversary looming). It's only a little book, about 90 pages, but it is the book I am most glad to have published so far. The links for the book on Amazon are below:
If you feel so inclined please recommend it to anyone you think might be interested 🙂

GBS now exists as a virtual support for LGBTQ across the globe. No donations are accepted at this time. At this point we are not gathering. Maybe soon?

Operating as usual


Words from Donna Ashworth

Words from Donna Ashworth


(shared from Elephant Journal)

(shared from Elephant Journal)


Words for your reflections


There is a road

When you see
the two sides
of it
closing together
at that far horizon

and deep in
of your own

at exactly
the same

that’s how
you know
it's where
to go.

That’s how
you know
it’s the road
to follow.

That’s how
you know
you have
to go.

how you know.

It’s just beyond

where you
need to be.

Many Rivers Press © David Whyte

Photo © David Whyte.
Arncliffe, Yorkshire April 21st 2019


The collective sense of longing for the open road that we share with almost every other soul on the planet at the moment, is enormous and like a pent up felt force. As we sit or stand, looking out of our windows at a world that once welcomed us into every one of its four corners, we can each of us feel a readiness to somehow set out anew. This is a piece dedicated to that longing and more importantly to the knowledge beneath the longing, that when we can actually go, we will know where to go. DW

[10/15/20]   “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.”
Vivian Greene 09/21/2020

What are The Four Noble Truths?

To your reflective Monday Our guide to the concepts of Impermanence and the Four Noble Truths.

09/02/2020 07/24/2020

Blessings Revealed - Yes! Magazine

Maybe you'll read this story? Puanani Burgess tells the story of one student with a gift—a gift our schools are not cultivating.


Hope this lands in the right place for you. Peace and Courage!


We hear the Buddhist in Rumi ...


Shared with love.


Hope this is well received

[03/10/20]   As you know, a cat is skilled at capturing its prey. Crouching low, it can leap in any direction, pursuing whatever it is after. But when its attention is focused on its prey, it can be caught with a net.

On the other hand, a yak is not easy to catch or overcome. It stands like a stone or a cloud in the sky. But for all its strength, it cannot catch a mouse.

You have complained to me that you have a tree that is not valuable as lumber. But you could make use of the shade it provides, rest under its sheltering branches, and stroll beneath it, admiring its character and beauty. Since no lumberjack wants it, what remains to threaten its graceful witnessing.

You find it useless only because you want to make it into something else and are blind to the way that the tree has offered itself to you.



The second paragraph gets to the revolutionary heart of this post.


This little clip came our way. Peace and Happy New Year all!


Thought provoking. . . 12/04/2019

Science and Buddhism agree: There is no "you" there

At least thought provoking... As neuroscience has begun studying the mind, they have looked to those who have mastered the mind. University of British Columbia researchers have verified the Buddhist belief of anatta, or not-self. 11/16/2019

What Is a Bodhisattva? Once you understand the true meaning of Bodhisattva, one who acts as a true adult, you will see anyone could also identify as a bodhisattva


On a lighter note, why we meditate 🙃

😆 10/06/2019

New photo by Greg John


With an eye toward the big picture today. . .


Respectfully shared. Hope it lands in a helpful place


May this lift you up a bit today!


Shared with the hope that it lands right for you! Thanks to Jenna for finding these words today.


Unify 01/05/2019

The Secret Strength of Sadness Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche explains how sadness makes it possible for us to gain something much more precious than anything we could imagine.


Some old school wisdom as we embrace the illusion of opposites.




San Francisco, CA

General information

We are a group of LGBT folk who are joined together by our shared interest in Buddhism. Some of us have been following this path for many years, while others are just beginning their exploration. We are a nonsectarian group - some of us have a spiritual practice in the traditions of Buddhism that have developed through the centuries (e.g., Theravada or Vipassana, Tibetan and Zen). Some of us practice in none of these traditions, looking toward what will eventually become a Western Buddhist tradition. Through our Everyday Dharma gatherings every Sunday, dharma study group, periodic retreats and other activities, we hope the Sangha will serve as a gateway to a fuller understanding of the Buddha's teachings. It is difficult to practice Buddhism alone, so we come together to be teachers for each other with common experiences. The purpose of our Sangha is to support each other's practice and to help each other live wise and compassionate lives. We offer meditation and mindfulness practice, retreats, dialog, as well as social interaction. We have a different speaker every Sunday. Our speakers represent a wide spectrum of Buddhist schools and traditions. The Gay Buddhist Sangha meets on Sundays from 3 to 4:30 pm in the zendo of the Hartford Street Zen Center, 57 Hartford St., between 17th & 18th Streets in the Castro. We offer a tea and cookies social following our meetings, from 4:30 to 5. Please descend the stairs on the right-hand side of the building to enter the zendo. All are invited! Newcomers and the Buddhist-curious are most welcome.
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