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Turning the Wheel of the Dharma in the Queer Community

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Uploaded on May 4, 2011

A discussion by Ken Ireland and Gregory Wood on Tommy "Issan" Dorsey and his impact on the queer community in San Francisco in the 80s and early 90s when he opened the doors of Hartford Street Zen Center and founded Maitri Hospice - the first Buddhist hospice in the western world - for AIDS patients in the Castro.

Although Issan Dorsey was not the first gay man to teach Buddhism in the West, and the Hartford Street Zen Center was not the first practice place to welcome LGBT practitioners, when the gay men who lived at Hartford St. asked Issan to be their resident teacher, the Dharma Wheel was turned in our community.

For more info, visit our website at http://www.gaybuddhistsangha.org/, or our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/videos?feature=mh.

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