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!

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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+)

Evening for LGBTQ Practitioners

Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

Come for an evening of LGBTQ meditation practice, discussion, tea & cookies at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. Taught by our favorite meditation teacher, Madeline Klyne, this program is suitable for all levels. If you have never tried meditation, are a beginner or have had a practice for years, this evening is for you. It includes meditation instruction, sitting meditation, walking meditation, an inspiring LGBTQ-focused Dharma Talk, discussion, tea, and cookies. Come make new friends and help build the OutBreath community! This is CIMC's signature LGBTQ event.

Greater Boston Men's Sangha - learn some mindfulness meditation & yoga 4 stress!

A meet up for men of ALL STRIPES, different colours, gay, straight, trans or bi! All levels encouraged, an introduction to Mindful, Buddhist Meditation practices with addition of Yoga and Breathing. Also some other Mindful Movements to help deal with major and minor stressors. All these practices can be used by anyone wherever you are. Very handy in this one, crazy, wild and beautiful world! Our mission is to develop harmonious male spiritual community in the Greater Boston Area! Please join us if you share this spirit!

Finding Peace in Life's Challenges: A 1-Day Retreat with Arinna Weissman

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One-day LGBTQ and Gender Non-conforming Buddhist meditation retreat Finding Peace in the Challenges Life Brings Saturday June 29, 2019 led by Arinna Weisman, in Cambridge, MA If you've ever thought about trying meditation--or if you're an experienced meditator, please join us for a one-day GLBTQ meditation retreat on Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Cambridge. This retreat offers us a special opportunity to come together as community and as Sangha to find peace in the challenges life brings. Together we will cultivate wisdom, loving-kindness, patience, mindfulness, and equanimity while recognizing the human conditions that we face. Practicing meditation strengthens our intention to embrace whatever is present and to enhance the evolution of our insights. The retreat is led by Arinna Weisman (http://arinnaweisman.org). Arinna is a renowned teacher in the Vipassana/Theravada tradition of Buddhism who has been teaching throughout the U.S. and Europe since 1989. Originally from South Africa, she was one of the first resident teachers at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and founded the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Western Mass and is currently the guiding teacher at Dhamma Dena Meditation Center in Joshua Tree. She is co-author of a superb book called "The Beginners Guide to Insight Meditation." She is also a queer feminist lesbian! There will be periods of silence with instructions for both sitting and walking meditation, time to share questions, and a Dharma talk. The retreat is 10 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Cambridge at the Friends Meeting House near Harvard Square. Directions will be sent after your registration is received. The cost of the retreat is $40.00, which covers the room, out-of-pocket costs, tea, water & munchies. You should bring your own bag lunch; a fridge is available. In addition, there will be an opportunity for 'dana.' Dana is an ancient Buddhist tradition in which you can choose to make an additional contribution to support Arinna's teaching. (There is no obligation.) A limited number of scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the cost of the retreat, please contact Rachel at: [masked] for further information. If you have questions about the retreat, please contact Rachel ([masked]). Please register for the retreat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-peace-in-the-challenges-life-brings-tickets-60984892455?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

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.

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