In recognition of Trans Day of Visibility, scholar Ray Buckner looks back on his own transition and the obstacles still faced by trans Buddhists and others across the US
Ray Buckner is a PhD Student in Religious Studies. Ray’s research examines sexual violence in American Buddhism and transgender experiences with Buddhism in the United States. His article, “Buddhist Teachers’ Responses to Sexual Violence: Epistemological Violence in American Buddhism” (2020), was published in The Journal of Global Buddhism. Ray's article, “Zen in Distress: Theorizing Gender Dysphoria and Traumatic Remembrance within Sōtō Zen Meditation” (2020), was published in Religions. Ray has written for Lion’s Roar Magazine, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, and The Institute of Buddhist Studies’ Ten Thousand Things Blog, where he discusses transgender Buddhism, racial injustice, trauma, and desire.