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Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices Official Book Launch

Reading, Q&A, Signing

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

Join Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices contributors for the launch of this groundbreaking collection which brings together diverse voices and experiences of trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary Buddhists.

Transcending brings together more than thirty contributors from both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions to present a vision for a truly inclusive trans Buddhist sangha in the twenty-first century. Shining a light on a new generation of Buddhist role models, this book gives voice to those who have long been marginalized within the Buddhist world and society at large. While trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary practitioners have experienced empowerment and healing through their commitment to the Buddha, dharma, and sangha, they also share their experiences of isolation, transphobia, and aggression. In this diverse collection we hear the firsthand accounts, thoughts, and reflections of trans Buddhists from a variety of different lineages in an open invitation for all Buddhists to bring the issue of gender identity into the sangha, into the discourse, and onto the cushion. Only by doing so can we develop insight into our circumstances and grasp our true, essential nature.

The healing power of compassion and community is exemplified in this frank, uplifting collection.

Lu Lam identifies as a Chinese-Taiwanese settler with an aniccagender heart. He’s learning be a guest on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh People. His poems have been published in TOK 4: Writing the New City, EAT IT, Ricepaper, and various print sources . He’s a student of the dharma with a decade of daily practice. Lu is so grateful to his teachers from the Theravada and Thich Nhat Hanh’s Zen lineages. He serves as Mindfulness Counsellor and Consultant ( And his favourite to do’s include: camping, sea swimming, feasting with family and friends, and making land art.

Kathleen P. Lamothe is a white, able-bodied, kinky, femme, transsexual performance artist living with ADHD. She currently resides on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver) by way of occupied Mohawk (Montreal) & Algonquin (Ottawa) territories. When she’s not pissing off the gaygeousie or conjuring up improvisational noise punk on stage with her bands, she can be found making mix tapes, getting tattooed, releasing music on her trans-centred record label Glamhaus Records, and ultimately challenging people's notions about what a "good" or “respectable” trans woman is.

Em von Euw is a trans/genderless human/mammal and a history student at Simon Fraser University. Their passion in life comes from friendships, food, wilderness, mindfulness, art and very dark chocolate. Their work as a vegan blogger and cookbook author has been featured in publications around the world. Em lives in the lover mainland of BC, Canada, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Thuy Vanh is a Vietnamese and Laotian trans masculine, nonbinary immigrant with a disability living on the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations territories. He like to garden, swim, write poetry, and watch birds. He has been practicing in the Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) tradition for about eleven years. He was drawn to TNH as a way to connect to his ancestral roots and for THN's emphasis on sangha, mindfulness in daily life, and engaged Buddhism. Thuy also strives to practice anti-oppression and anti-racism and is passionate about the well-being of marginalized folks. especially QTIPOCs.

Kevin Manders, co-editor of Transcending, is a queer trans Buddhist living in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. He has been on the dharma path for the last twelve years in the Theravāda tradition. He is an addictions and mental health worker who is passionate about the dharma, social-justice issues, anti-racist work, feminism, queer and trans issues, disability issues, intersectionality, veganism, cycling, and music. He calls the Queer and Trans sangha, BC Insight Med­itation Society, and Birken Forest Monastery home.