Diversity Terms

The dharma teaches a profound wisdom that there is no lasting, permanent self. At the same time, society often reads and reacts to us by our identity markers, and oppression is a reality for many people. Additionally, the ways we identify can also be meaningful for self-understanding and forming connections with others.

We offer the links below in service of enlarging our shared understanding and welcome your feedback.

About pronouns
What does Genderqueer mean?
What does Two-Spirit mean? 

What does LGBTQIA+ stand for? An inclusive term meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (one's sexual or gender identity), intersex, and asexual/aromantic/agender.

What is "Latinx"?

What do you say when you identify yourself?

BIPOC: Black, Indigenous and People of Color


With thanks to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship for its guidance and information on this topic.


It is the mission of IMCW/The Insight Meditation Community of Washington is to support the awakening of hearts and minds through the direct experience of the Buddhist path, and the integration and manifestation of wisdom and compassion in all aspects of life, for the benefit of all beings.

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