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+)

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.

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!

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.

Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Day Retreat for Gay & Open Minded Men

Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Day Retreat for Gay and Open-Minded Men Led by Chuck Raffoni ( E-RYT200) named a "person making postiive change in the world for the LGBTQ Community" by Pride Connections and featured on NBC's TODAY SHOW for teaching yoga to men. Join together for a day of brotherhood with like minded men for a day of Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditiation to explore how these practices can enhance our lives and the issues we face. Powered by the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras we will discuss how these practices can support how we deal with stress, aging, body image, sexuality and how we relate and support each other. Tentative Schedule: 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Yoga Practice ( Suitable for all levels including those who have never practiced before) 11:30 a.m. - Noon. Introductions Noon - 1 p.m. Workshopping of essential poses to begin or deepen your practice. 1:00 p.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch Break ( Bring Your Own Lunch or Pick Up From a Local Option). We will use this time to commune over food and get to know each other better. 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Discussion on how the practice of Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation can support a quality life. Powered by the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras we will apply the concepts to areas of our lives including stress management, aging, body image, sexuality and how we respond to and support one another. 3:30- 4:30 p.m. A Relaxing Yoga Practice with Guided Meditation Due to the mature themes we will be discussing please be 18 plus This is a private event being held at this location, with respect to the location, nude yoga will not be allowed, shirtless practice is fine. If you have any questions please contact : [masked] Hope you will join us. To Register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-mindfulness-and-meditation-day-retreat-for-gay-open-minded-men-tickets-57996512129?fbclid=IwAR3lr4TD0mcUHs2Lc8eHBU1CgZ1DfEnVca43WYR-J5boqAa7MdZsuljjQiM

Past events (278)

Shambhala LGBT Meditation Group

Shambhala Meditation Center

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