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)

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. NOTE: Zoom link for this online event will be available from SSIMC at www.ssimc.org

Arlington Street Zen Center

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An evening of meditation practice, led by Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie, 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 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.

Shambhala LGBT Meditation Group

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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.

Evening for LGBTQ Practitioners

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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. Suggested contribution: $10

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Arlington Street Zen Center

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