Affinity Groups

The Heart of Recovery



$2 – $10 suggested donation

A weekly gathering bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and recovery. Open to all—meditation practitioners from all traditions and Twelve Step practitioners from all programs. The group will meet weekly in the main practice room to:

  • Meditate with others who are in recovery or exploring recovery.
  • Offer contemplations and readings which inspire our recovery and support our practices.
  • Share our personal experience, strength and courage.
  • Integrate the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to recovery.

‘Sobriety is finding a new way of living that involves engagement where there was withdrawal; generosity where there was self-centeredness; community where there was isolation; joy where there was bitterness; trust where there was cynicism.’
~ Kevin Griffin, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

Leader: John R.   617-699-8130

30’s and Under Social Meditation



$5 – $10 suggested donation

The 30s & Under night is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other young people in the Boston area who are interested in meditation. The evening begins with meditation practice with instruction provided for anyone coming for the first time or who would like a review. Sitting meditation is followed by Social Meditation, which is an embodied exploration of bringing meditative awareness into our interactions with others. The evening concludes with refreshments and time for socializing in a vibrant community atmosphere.

People of Color Group

Currently paused – if you are interest in helping to coordinate, please contact


$5 – $10 suggested donation

The intent of the People of Color Affinity group is to create a consistent and safe space for POC to practice meditation and engage in fellowship. The evening will operate under an evolving format and will consist of formal meditation practice, dharma study and group discussion and processing.

Individuals from all spiritual traditions are welcomed, and no prior meditation experience is required.

This is open to anyone who self identifies as a person of color.

LGBTQ Meditation Group

Second Sundays


$5- $10 suggested donation

The LGBT Meditation Group program includes group meditation, a dharma talk, video, or presentation from a senior member, followed by discussion and socializing. Meditation instruction will be offered to anyone who is coming for the first time or would like a review.

The intention of this group is to provide a welcoming environment for all those of diverse gender orientations (the LGBT community) who are interested in exploring the teachings and principles of meditation and Shambhala Buddhism. Our goal is to provide a gay-friendly environment for genuine exploration of how these teachings are incorporated into everyday life. Mixing our gayness/queerness with the dharma can provide a powerful path toward the development of maitri (friendliness), making friends with oneself and others in the most genuine way, sometimes compared to ‘coming out’. People of all spiritual-contemplative traditions are welcome, as well as those interested in learning more about meditation practice. The LGBT Meditation Group offers both a gateway for newcomers and a dynamic new program for established practitioners.