Transcending

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Kevin Manders, Elizabeth Marston
North Atlantic Books, 2019 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 192 pages
A compelling collection of the many 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.
 

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Contents

Introduction by Elizabeth Marston
3
Soil Shit and Compost by Cooper Lee Bombardier
13
untitled by Zavé Gayatri Martohardjono
21
Karma Chameleon? by Michelle McNamara
27
A Transqueer Experience of the Dharma
35
Banci and All by Bk Brian Otto Kimmel
43
Gender and Emptiness by Cypress Atlas
53
Uppity Apostate Transgender Monk Questions Transphobia
57
A Transsexual Woman Reflection
143
Trust by Finn Schubert
155
Becoming Whole Just to Let It Go by Kevin Manders
161
On Meditation Gender and the Gravity of Being
169
A Lotus Dependent upon the Mud by Jacoby Ballard
177
Person of color genderqueer Buddhist seeking safe space
187
Belief and Disbelief in Buddhist Transsexual Life
193
On Transitioning by C E Giyū Gillis
201

Individual and Social Liberation
65
Growing to Know by Chance Krempasky
75
untitled by Luna RangjungYeshe
87
Meditation and Little Ghost by Avren Keating
97
Yellow Poppy and an Aniccagender Heart by Lu Lam
103
Alchemy by Drew Jones
115
The Bardo by Sebastian De Line
125
Working with Nothing Being Trans and Buddhist
131
Right Now Its Like This by justin adkins
209
Is Estrogen an Entheogen?
217
Abandon Any Hope of Fruition by Zoyander Street
223
Barriers Faced by Trans People of Color in Buddhist
229
Coming Home to Themselves The Resonance of Nonself
235
About the Authors
251
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About the author (2019)

Kevin Manders 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.

Elizabeth Marston is a trans writer, hacker, anarcho-communist, and Buddhist. She holds a master's degree in philosophy (with study concentrated on ethics and political philosophy).

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