Science of Mind has me thinking about LGBT and religion (I’m Buddhist, Mahayana Buddhist, Nichiren Buddhist, Soka Gakkai International to be specific and LGBT)
Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind magazinewww.scienceofmind.com
Born to French Canadian and Native American parents in Lewiston, Maine, Jake started out as a touring teenage magician…www.profoundlyhuman.com
Yes, I read Science of Mind magazine (linked above) articles. I recommend you read all the available arrives are background for my article. There are lots of religion and sexuality articles, specifically LGBT related articles. I also gave a shout-out to Profoundly Human and Jake Sasseville since one of his articles appeared in Science of Mind.
Some of the authoritative bodies and doctrines of the world's largest religions may view these negatively. This can…en.wikipedia.org
The relationship between religion and homosexuality has varied greatly across time and place, within and between…en.wikipedia.org
Reform Judaism has expressed positive views on transgender people. Reform Judaism's Central Conference of American…en.wikipedia.org
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT) affirming religious groups (also called gay-affirming) are religious…en.wikipedia.org
Various views are held or have been expressed by religious organisations in relation to . Arguments both in favor of and…en.wikipedia.org
Sexual morality has varied greatly over time and between cultures. A society's sexual norms-standards of sexual…en.wikipedia.org
All the above links are pre-requisite reading for people, as well as a refresher for people, who aren’t experts on the issue. So, I was reading Science of Mind (linked at the top) and I decided to write on the subject.
Buddhism is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely…en.wikipedia.org
Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, was an ascetic ( śramaṇa) and…en.wikipedia.org
Mahāyāna ( Sanskrit for "Great Vehicle") is one of two (or three, under some classifications) main existing branches of…en.wikipedia.org
Mahayana sutras are a broad genre of Buddhist scriptures that various traditions of Mahayana Buddhism accept as…en.wikipedia.org
The Threefold Lotus Sutra (法華三部経 pinyin: fǎ huá sān bù jīng, Jp: Hokke-sambu-kyo) is the composition of three…en.wikipedia.org
The Innumerable Meanings Sutra also known as the Infinite Meanings Sutra ( Sanskrit: अनन्त निर्देश सूत्र, Ananta Nirdeśa…en.wikipedia.org
The Lotus Sūtra ( Sanskrit: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka Sūtra , literally Sutra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma) is one…en.wikipedia.org
The Samantabhadra Meditation Sūtra ( traditional Chinese: 觀普賢菩薩行法經; simplified Chinese: 观普贤菩萨行法经; pinyin: guān pǔxián…en.wikipedia.org
Nichiren Buddhism is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism based on the teachings of the 13th century Japanese monk Nichiren…en.wikipedia.org
Nichiren (日蓮; 16 February 1222 - 13 October 1282), born as Zennichimaro , was a Japanese Buddhist priest who lived…en.wikipedia.org
Soka Gakkai is a Japanese Buddhist religious movement based on the teachings of the 13th-century Japanese priest…en.wikipedia.org
The Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is an international Nichiren Buddhist organization founded in 1975 by Daisaku Ikeda.…en.wikipedia.org
In the Buddha's first discourse he identifies craving () as the cause of suffering (). He then identifies three objects…en.wikipedia.org
The relationship between Buddhism and sexual orientation varies by tradition and teacher. According to some scholars,…en.wikipedia.org
The above links deal with my religion and its relationship to this issue. I will write about it a lot in this writing here.
A same-sex marriage refers to the marriage of a same-sex couple. The legal status of same-sex marriage has changed in…en.wikipedia.org
Although there are records of Buddhist monks from China coming to Japan before the Asuka Period, the "official"…en.wikipedia.org
Buddhism in the West broadly encompasses the knowledge and practice of Buddhism outside of Asia. Occasional…en.wikipedia.org
In Australia, Buddhism is a small but growing religion. According to the 2006 census, 2.1 percent of the total…en.wikipedia.org
Buddhism has been practised in Canada for more than a century. Buddhism arrived in Canada with the arrival of Chinese…en.wikipedia.org
Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the United States behind Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. American…en.wikipedia.org
Buddhism in Argentina has been practiced since the early 1980s. Although Argentina is largely Catholic, Chinese…en.wikipedia.org
With nearly 250,000 Buddhists, Brazil is home to the third largest Buddhist population in the Americas, after the United…en.wikipedia.org
Buddhism in Venezuela is practiced by over 52,000 people (roughly 0.2% of the population). The Buddhist community is…en.wikipedia.org
Buddhism is a minority religion in Mexico, numbering 108,701 followers or 0.09% of the total Mexican population. Casa…en.wikipedia.org
is practiced throughout Central America . Buddhism's presence in the region was primarily driven by the presence of…en.wikipedia.org
Costa Rica has more Buddhists than the other countries in Central America with almost 100,000 (2.34% of total…en.wikipedia.org
Buddhism in Nicaragua has existed since the late 19th century, after immigration from countries with Buddhist…en.wikipedia.org
East Asian Buddhism is a collective term for the schools of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in the East Asian region…en.wikipedia.org
I could go on and on with articles on Buddhism in specific countries, but I linked the above ones as examples.
LGBT people are considering wether or not they can stay in their current religions as open, out, and proud LGBT people or if they have to apostatize for their own well being and the LGBT-phobia in their religious community. This happens a lot as the list of LGBT-affirming religious groups is rather short. Buddhism is on the LGBT-affirming list. So is Unitarian Universalism, Paganism, Eckankar, Raëlism, Ethical Culture Movement, Humanism, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Religious Science/Science of Mind, etc.
Just Do It
The SGI community is one where LGBT are welcome, can feel loved, can fell lovable, can be who they are, can feel whole, can be open/out/proud, and can be affirmed.
Worldwide Buddhist network which promotes peace, culture and education through personal transformation and social…www.sgi.org
That is the website where you can find all the info you may ever need about SGI. If you are LGBT, I recommend especially for you to read everything there and watch all the videos and listen to all the audio.
Unlike other religions, there are no anti-LGBT passages in sutras to clobber LGBT people with. There is no proclaiming LGBT to be a sin, a mental illness, a spiritual disease, disordered, against nature, or any of the other things people of other religions like to toss at LGBT people.
LGBT people are people. People are sentient beings. All sentient beings are on the path to enlightenment and becoming enlightened beings. LGBT status doesn’t interfere with that in any way, shape, or form.
Bodhisattvas of the Earth (Jpn jiyu-no-bosatsu, 地涌の菩薩), also sometimes referred to as Bodhisattvas from the Underground,…en.wikipedia.org
needs additional citations for verification . improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced…en.wikipedia.org
Avalokiteśvara ( Sanskrit: अवलोकितेश्वर, "Lord who looks down", Tibetan: སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་, Wylie: spyan ras gzigs, THL:…en.wikipedia.org
Guanyin is an East Asian spiritual figure of mercy, and a bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by…en.wikipedia.org
Ākāśagarbha Bodhisattva ( Sanskrit: Chinese: 虛空藏菩薩; pinyin: Xūkōngzàng Púsà; Japanese pronunciation: Kokūzō Bosatsu;…en.wikipedia.org
Ksitigarbha ( Sanskrit Kṣitigarbha , Chinese: 地藏; pinyin: Dìzàng; Japanese: 地蔵) is a bodhisattva primarily revered in…en.wikipedia.org
Scholars have identified Mañjuśrī as the oldest and most significant bodhisattva in Mahāyāna literature. Mañjuśrī is…en.wikipedia.org
It is very common that the bodhisattva of the Mahayana tradition with the name of Samantabhadra is conflated with a…en.wikipedia.org
There is a wide-spread belief, particularly in the West, that the ideal of the Theravada, which they conveniently…en.wikipedia.org
Mahāsattva, meaning literally "great being", is a great bodhisattva who has practiced Buddhism for a long time and…en.wikipedia.org
The section on Manjushri in Japan and his relationship to nanshoku (homosexuality) shows LGBT people can be bodhisattvas and all type of enlightened beings.
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page . Buddhist cosmology…en.wikipedia.org
The ten spiritual realms (Jap. jikkai) are part of the belief of some forms of Buddhism that there are ten conditions of…en.wikipedia.org
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page . The Ten suchnesses (…en.wikipedia.org
Being LGBT doesn’t hinder a person from having and making good karma or becoming enlightened in any way, shape, or form.
LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term…en.wikipedia.org
A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females. The term…en.wikipedia.org
The term's use as a reference to homosexuality may date as early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually…en.wikipedia.org
Homosexuality (from Ancient Greek , meaning "same", and Latin , meaning "sex") is romantic attraction, sexual attraction…en.wikipedia.org
The term bisexuality is mainly used in the context of human attraction to denote romantic or sexual feelings toward both…en.wikipedia.org
Transgender people experience a mismatch between their gender identity or gender expression and their assigned sex.…en.wikipedia.org
Queer has become the preferred term to describe certain radical academic disciplines and is gaining use as a descriptor…en.wikipedia.org
Third gender or third sex is a concept in which individuals are categorized, either by themselves or by society, as…en.wikipedia.org
In addition to being an umbrella term, genderqueer has been used as an adjective to refer to any people who transgress…en.wikipedia.org
Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation in its own right or a branch of bisexuality, to indicate an…en.wikipedia.org
Hijra (for translations, see ) is a term used in South Asia - in particular, in India - to refer to trans women…en.wikipedia.org
Two-Spirit (also two spirit or twospirit) is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe…en.wikipedia.org
Khanith or Khaneeth ( Arabic: خنيث, variant transcription Xanith) is a vernacular Arabic term used in Oman and the…en.wikipedia.org
Intersex, in humans and other animals, describes variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or…en.wikipedia.org
This article is about humans who lack sexual attraction or interest in sexual activity. For other uses, see Asexual.…en.wikipedia.org
All of the above are encompassed by the umbrella term LGBT, but other letters are added sometimes.
Lots of religious groups like Chasidic Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Holiness Movement, Adventism, Pentecostalism, Evangelicalism, Non-Denominationalism, Islam, Sikhism, and the Baha’i Faith are all on the LGBT-rejecting side. They have doubled down and entrenched in there positions. Likelihood of these groups evolving on this are none and attempts at getting that change are futile.
The world needs LGBT people to take a stand by only affording religious groups that affirm them like Buddhism as an example. It’s a mathematical numbers game. If LGBT-rejecting laws politics are strengthened by passive membership in the religious groups they are done in the name of, they are weakened by conversion to LGBT-affirming religious groups like Buddhism. Just imagine the 1–20% of people in a country converting to Buddhism over LGBT issues and the butterfly effects that will have on LGBT rights, politics, and policies.
The world needs LGBT people to be SGI members who will be Bodhisattvas of the Earth bringing about kosen-rufu. LGBT people and all people have a place at the table that is Buddha’s and Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism in the SGI community. SGI is a community of love and unity for LGBT people.
Problems in Society
LGBT-phobia may be blatant or it may come cloaked in rhetoric of loving LGBT people, having LGBT family/friends/colleagues, but opposing LGBT rights in the name of religious freedom/liberty, religion, LGBT being a mental defect/illness, morality, society needing LGBT people to stay in the closet and be celibate for the sake of society, or any other excuse for LGBT-phobia. If all LGBT people and their allies converted to an LGBT-affirming religious group (like Buddhism which I have mentioned all throughout here), the power of the arguments against LGBT rights would cease. If you are an LGBT-affirming individual in a LGBT-rejecting religion by being counted as a member, you give power by numbers to LGBT-rejecting religion and politics. When LGBT-rejecting religious groups go before governments proposing opposition to LGBT rights, they brag about the numbers of followers they have to bolster their arguments.
Although there was regular contact between practising Buddhists and Europeans in antiquity the former had little direct…en.wikipedia.org
In a recent development, the Swedish government has agreed to continue collecting from individual taxpayers the annual…en.wikipedia.org
Eight per thousand ( Italian: otto per mille) is an Italian law under which Italian taxpayers can choose to whom devolve…en.wikipedia.org
I’m focusing on Japan, Oceania, the Americas, and Europe, so basically Japan and Western countries. Every single time a politician opposes LGBT rights, it’s done in the name of an LGBT-rejecting religious group. Why is Australia, various countries in Latin America, and various countries in Europe still lack various LGBT rights? It’s because of religious lobbying on behalf of LGBT-rejecting religious groups. Politicians take notice of where religious groups officially stand on LGBT rights and mathematically count the followers of each religious group via demographics and voting constituencies.
LGBT-affirming people who belong to LGBT-rejecting religious groups are a problem for representative democracy. Representatives estimate support for LGBT rights based on religious demographics, but if there were a plebiscite or referendum, the numbers don’t match up with religious demographics.
In the context of mysticism, the phrase refers metaphorically to the end of ordinary reality and reunion with the…en.wikipedia.org
At this time he will teach humanity of the ten non-virtuous deeds (killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive…en.wikipedia.org
The Three Ages of Buddhism, also known as the Three Ages of the Dharma, ( simplified Chinese: 三时; traditional Chinese:…en.wikipedia.org
According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete…en.wikipedia.org
The above articles on eschatology give a sense of urgency I will leave things on. We needs more Bodhisattvas of the Earth!