What we're about

OutBreath is a community in Boston for all LGBTQ people interested in meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhism. We started our journey as an organization in 2009.

OutBreath's mission is to build community and create welcoming events where every person can find inner freedom and outer realization through meditation. We work with meditation centers across all Buddhist lineages to create LGBTQ-affirming meditation classes, workshops, community events, and residential retreats.

We welcome LGBTQ people of all ages, identities, and backgrounds. Come as you are. Whether you are brand new to meditation, a long-term practitioner or anywhere in between, you are warmly invited!

Also, check out these other OutBreath resources:

Join OutBreath on Facebook! Join our Facebook community for fun discussions, wisdom, Dharma humor, and info. on events you may enjoy. facebook.com/groups/OutBreath/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/OutBreath/)

Sign up for OutBreath emails! To get the latest/greatest updates on OutBreath, sign up for our email list! You'll get the information on upcoming OutBreath events and ways you can get involved in OutBreath. Our email list is strictly private. It is never shared and used only for monthly member updates. http://outbreath.us2.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=8c3b25c5422d40151980cb2b9&id=480dc85c71

Check out OutBreath on the Web! To see upcoming OutBreath events and, check out our website: http://www.outbreath.org . There will be many more developments to come. Our vision for outbreath.org is to offer many free services for you, including:

• Curated content on LGBTQ issues

• LGBTQ-specific Dharma talks

• Videos

• Podcasts

• Blogs

• ...and more!

Medtation Classes for Beginners: If you're brand-new to meditation, OutBreath is the perfect place to get started! We work with LGBTQ-affirming meditation centers to offer a variety of introductory workshops taught by renowned, local meditation teachers. Beginner programs are offered in multiple Buddhist lineages. You'll be joining other LGBTQ friends who are brand new in an LGBTQ-affirming community. We'll announce beginner's workshops and seminars here on Meetup.

We look forward to seeing you at an OutBreath event soon!

May all beings have comfort of heart

May all beings be free from suffering

May all beings live in love and in understanding

Upcoming events (5+)

Waking Up FABULOUS: LGBTIQ Retreat at Garrison Institute

Garrison Institute

“Caring for myself is not self–indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde Open to all who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer. This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind, and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate compassion, wisdom, and skillful actions. As LGBTIQ people, in these challenging and difficult times, we recollect the power of community to know that we are not alone, and that together we can begin the healing of centuries of oppression and trauma within a deep knowing of our interconnectedness and interdependence. We learn to trust the unfolding of our lives and to act for the benefit of all beings. This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. In silence, we are illuminating the heart and mind. It is a real-time practice of stillness and clarity. Participants are asked and expected to refrain from using any electronic devices. This allows for a rare opportunity to unplug and get to know our own reality show with compassion and wisdom. Within this commitment, we are the guardians to each other’s solitude while in this precious community. The more we know and understand our inner landscape, the more we are able to engage with others and the world with both skill and grace. Guided meditation instructions, Q&A, heart practices, gentle yoga, group meetings with a teacher, and dharma talks will be offered on this retreat. On this rare LGBTIQ retreat, we come together to practice turning towards and caring for ourselves, each other, and all that truly matters in our lives, for the highest good of all. Hope you can join us! Register & further info.: https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/event/lgbtiq-retreat-waking-up-fabulous-taking-refuge-care-in-ourselves-the-practice-and-each-other/ TEACHERS: MADELINE KLYNE has been practicing insight meditation for over 30 years. Madeline is a co-founder and teacher at South Shore Insight in Hanover, MA, a teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and an assistant teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA. Part of Madeline’s spiritual path was to come out at the age of five. LA SARMIENTO is a teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. They are the guiding teacher for the IMCW People of Color, LGBTQ and Teen Sanghas, and a 2012 graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Training Program. La is committed to making the Dharma accessible to all. LAMA ROD OWENS is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a visiting teacher with several Buddhist centers including the Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. Located on the Hudson River in Upstate New York, Garrison Institute is a gorgeous, monastic refuge in the woods. And it will be all ours for the weekend! Garrison is ~3½ hrs. drive from Boston. This retreat is limited to 80 LGBTIQ people and always sells out. Please register soon! https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/event/lgbtiq-retreat-waking-up-fabulous-taking-refuge-care-in-ourselves-the-practice-and-each-other/

Arlington Street Zen Center

Arlington Street Church

An evening of meditation practice, led by Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie (http://www.ascboston.org/about/minadstaff.html#kim), Senior Minister. Sessions include seated & walking meditation, Dharma talk, and conversation. This practice is open to all, beginning and experience practitioners. The warm, inviting evening includes two short seated meditations; walking meditation through the gorgeous Arlington Street Church sanctuary and Public Garden; and community discussion. Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie is an extraordinary and inspired leader in the LGBTQ community. She is founder of The Shared Heart, a traveling exhibition and book of photographs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers, designed to support the Massachusetts Safe Schools Initiative. The Legacy Foundation named Rev. Crawford Harvie Uncommon Woman of the Year. The Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston honored her as one of 100 outstanding women in the Commonwealth. She is recipient of the Maximilian Kolbe Award for Community Service and was named Provincetown Citizen of the Year. In 2004, she performed the first same-sex wedding in a church in the United States. Rev. Kim has been a Zen Buddhist practitioner since 1977. For more information on the evening: Arlington Street Zen Center (http://www.ascboston.org/programs/ASCenter/ongoing/zencen.html) Prior to the ASZC at 7:00 pm, you are also warmly invited to join the Buddha's Belly Book Group (http://www.ascboston.org/congevents.html) at 6:00 pm in the Hunnewell Chapel. Check out the ASC website (http://www.ascboston.org/congevents.html) for information on what book the Buddhas Belly group is currently reading.

Sunday Morning LGBTQ Sit & Schmooze

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Spend a relaxing Sunday morning on the beautiful South Shore enjoying a vibrant and growing LGBTQ meditation community. This guided sitting meditation and Dharma discussion is a community gathering for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. Tea and snacks will follow. Presented by SSIMC Guiding Teacher, Madeline Klyne. Registration: This is a drop-in group, no pre-registration. Sustaining donation $10 at the door.

Shambhala LGBT Meditation Group

Shambhala Meditation Center

The Shambhala LGBT Meditation Group offers a safe space for those who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to come together to explore the practice of meditation and support each other in community. Previous meditation experience is not required. We will update with program specifics as each evening approaches.

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