“Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices” book launch, Feb 1

Event Details

Please join us for a special program on Saturday, February 1, for a book launch and discussion of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices, a groundbreaking collection of many voices and experiences of trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary Buddhists. Author/presenters include zavé martohardjono, Finn Schubert, and Chance Krempasky.

The program will be followed by a book signing. Copies of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices as well as Developing Trans*Competence: A Guide for Meditation and Retreat Centers will be available for sale.

Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices  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.

Suggested donation is $15, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds from the event will benefit Trans Lifeline, an organization that provides peer support and hotline services to trans people.

Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the Carroll Street entrance of the building; please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. From there, the center is located at the top of a longer flight of stairs. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance on President Street; please email us in advance if you need access to the ramp. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. Visit our Accessibility Page for more detailed access info. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.