Anyone read Transcending? It’s an anthology of trans Buddhist essays
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.
I finished reading it this week and found it enjoyable and validating. Granted I find some theological disagreements but that seems bound to happen in so large an anthology. Overall I found it worthwhile to read, not earth shattering, although I am also Transgender so that impacts my experience. I’d recommend it to most people, especially those with mixed feelings about trans people in the tradition.