LGBTQ Tea Group

Beyond Fear of Differences

The LGBTQ Group at Fire Lotus Temple is a place for practitioners in the MRO to explore how the dharma teachings can illuminate life as an LGBTQ person. We want to create a space to help us be more visible to ourselves and to one another, and we envision the group as a way for LGBTQ sangha members to offer mutual support to one another so we can practice the dharma together.

We’ll meet monthly in the evenings or on weekends to explore the many issues that affect our lives, including identity, anger, fearlessness and cultivating compassion—all in the context of the dharma. If you identify as an LGBTQ person, have attended beginning instruction at the Temple or Monastery, and are interested in exploring the Buddhist teachings within the Mountain and Rivers Order, please join us for one of our meetings.

For more information or to be added to our email list, contact Seiyu Lanaghan at

Meetings take place on Wednesdays from 7-9pm.
January 18th
February 15th
March 15th
April 19th
May 17th
June 21st
September 20th
October 18th
November 15th
December 20th

The Tea Group is open to anyone who identifies as an LGBTQ person and who:
1. Attended Beginning Instruction at the Temple or Monastery
2. Is interested in exploring Buddhist teachings with MRO teachers and seniors, and other sangha members
3. Is willing and able to abide by the group’s Dialogue Guidelines