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Transcending

Trans Buddhist Voices
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
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October, 2019
ISBN:
9781623174156
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9
$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Transcending is the first anthology of its kind that gives voice to the experiences of transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary Buddhists. Over thirty contributors from both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions are gathered together in this book to present a vision for a trans Buddhist sangha in the 21st century. It shines a light on a new generation of Buddhist role models, giving voice to those who have long been marginalized within the Buddhist world and society at large.

While trans, genderqueer, and non-binary 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. The book is 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.

“Such an important, timely book—inspiring, moving, and informative. Those who are trans, gender fluid, or genderqueer, as well as people of color, those living with disabilities, and people who are otherwise marginalized, will find their experiences validated here through the courage, vulnerability, honesty, and shared wisdom of these stories. Those who are cisgender, white, privi­leged in certain ways, will gain awareness and much deeper understanding of the lived experiences of our trans sangha members, and recognize the suffer­ing caused by biases of racial, social, and gender stereotyping. Buddhadharma teaches us to see ourselves and others free from assumptions, fixed identities, and social conditioning—as fluid, changing beings. Where we can hold ways of being a self that are beautiful rather than a cause of suffering—using iden­tity in a way that brings connection, community, harmony, and well-being. I hope that reading this book will help Buddhist sanghas of all traditions pro­vide the safety and acceptance where all can explore the fluidity of changing identity. Where we can allow the possibility of changing views with tender­ness and wisdom, rather than judgment.” —Adrianne Ross, co-founder, B.C. Insight Meditation Society

Publisher’s Description: 

The first anthology of its kind gathering the many voices and experiences of transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary Buddhists

Transcending is the first anthology of its kind to give voice to the experiences of transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary Buddhists. Over thirty contributors from both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions are gathered together in this book to present a vision for a trans Buddhist sangha in the 21st century. The volume shines a light on a new generation of Buddhist role models, giving voice to those who have long been marginalized within the Buddhist world and society at large. While trans, genderqueer, and non-binary 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. The book is 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.

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