Gender Identity


People of all genders are welcome here!
The Aloka Vihara & Aloka Earth Room Community is on a journey of learning and understanding the expansive nature of gender, past and present. No matter where you are in your own exploration, we welcome you to this page.

Books & Articles:

Bhikkhu Analayo, Beyond the Limitations of Binary Thinking: Mindfulness and the Tetralemma, 2021

Bhikkhuni Dhammadinna, Gender Identity, 2019 (scroll down to text in English)

A Gender-Diverse Sangha, Tricycle, 2019

Does my transgender identity conflict with Buddhism’s teachings on no-self?, Lion’s Roar, 2017

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness, 2015

Online Resources:

Trans 101, SRLP, 2020

Personal Pronouns Matter,

Pre-colonial communities’ history of gender fluidity, BBC, 2020

A Map of Gender-Diverse Cultures, PBS, 2015


If you have some other good resources (material that you feel is missing here or not clear enough), please contact us.