In this video, Bhutanese lama Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche enjoins the audience to foster respect for LGBTQ people. “Your sexual orientation has got nothing to do with understanding or not understanding the truth,” says Rinpoche, adding with a smirk, “We never know which one would get enlightened first. Probably lesbians.”
This isn’t the first time that Rinpoche has spoken on sexuality. In an interview with the Shambhala Sun, Kelly Roberts asked Rinpoche if there are any questions he is surprised to have never been asked. His reponse, “I am surprised that no one has ever asked if I’m gay or not.”
“Are you gay, Rinpoche?”
“I have a tendency.”
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is an award-winning filmmaker and the head of Siddhartha’s Intent.