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Buddhist Recovery Meetings: Canada


Vancouver, British Columbia

Venue:

Vancouver Buddhist Centre

Day:

Mondays

Time:

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Type:

Recovery Monday’s (Exploring Addiction and Recovery through the lens of Buddhism)

Address:

#207 - 460 Nanaimo Street at Pender, Vancouver, BC V5L 4W3 (map)

Other info:

This is a drop-in meditation evening for people in recovery. We unpack the spiritual step in the 12 step program through Buddhism and meditation. It will be an opportunity to explore Buddhist meditation as a tool to help calm the addicted mind and heal the addicted heart. Compliments all recovery programs including 12 Steps, SMART recovery et al.
By donation.
Lead by Vimalasara (The co-author of Eight Step Recovery - Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction) and a team of people in recovery.
See attached flyer (PDF approx. 95Kb) for more details about this book - and how to set up an 8 step Recovery Meeting.

Contact:

Email- eightstepsrecovery at gmail dot com
Website(s)- vancouverbuddhistcentre.com/ - thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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Victoria, British Columbia

Venue:

The Friary

Day:

First and third Wednesdays of the month

Time:

7:30 - 9:00pm

Type:

Victoria Buddhism in Recovery (B12)

Address:

1076 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC V8S 3L3 (map)

Other info:

We are a group of people in recovery who meet to discuss Buddhism and recovery.
The following guidelines are being used: “We support the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviours.”
The meetings are open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths. We promote mindfulness and meditation and are grounded in Buddhist principals of non-harming, compassion and interdependence (adapted from buddhistrecovery.org). We encourage our members to stay active in the recovery program of their choice. This group is considered a supplement to our 12 step programs.
Time for sharing.
Please try to be on time or enter mindfully, so as not to disturb the meditation of others.
Please bring your own beverage.
This meeting is by donation, with proceeds going to the Friary.

Contact:

For more information Email- vicbuddha12 at gmail dot com

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Victoria, British Columbia

Venue:

Shambhala Meditation Centre

Day:

Thursdays (2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month)

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

Heart of Recovery

Address:

1-2033 Belmont Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 3Z7 (map)
(2nd Floor Meditation Hall)

Other info:

Open to all—Buddhist practitioners from all traditions, Twelve Step practitioners from all programs and/or anyone struggling with addiction.

Meeting format includes sitting meditation, a topic offering or a reading and discussion.

Meetings are confidential.

Contact:

Phone- (250) 383-9108    Email- victoria dot shambhala at gmail dot com
Website(s)- victoria.shambhala.org

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Hamilton, Ontario

Venue:

De La Sol Yoga Studios

Day:

Sunday

Time:

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

430 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K8 (map)

Other info:

The format includes a meditation (we will likely alternate between silent and guided meditations), followed by a dharma reading (from the Refuge Recovery book, or other appropriate literature), and discussion of the reading.

Contact:

Email- refugerecoveryhamilton at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.facebook.com/RefugeRecoveryHamilton/

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Ottawa, Ontario

Venue:

The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

Day:

Every second Saturday of the Month, once a month.

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

Heart Of Recovery

Address:

119 Ross Ave, Suite 102, Ottawa, ON K1Y 0N6 (map)

Other info:

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Newcomers will learn basic meditation techniques to enhance, not replace, their own recovery program in a familiar and comfortable environment. Experienced meditators will discover new ways to deepen their current practice while supporting the group.

Meeting format includes:

  • sitting practice
  • a topic offering in the form of brief comments or a reading by the facilitator
  • discussion and exploration by group members
  • sharing our personal experience, strength, and hope
  • dedication of merit

Open to all who are:

  • Buddhist practitioners from any tradition or
  • 12 Step practitioners from any program or
  • Individuals interested in exploring the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction and addictive behaviors

Free meditation instruction is available during all of these times Meditation Instructors and/or Shambhala guides are available to meet with newcomers or anyone else wanting guidance with their meditation practice. Cushions, benches and chairs are supplied; you do not need to bring anything. This meeting is anonymous and attendance is confidential.

"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

Contact:

For more information, contact  Email- heartofrecovery at shambhalaottawa dot ca
Website(s)- ottawa.shambhala.org/

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Toronto, Ontario

Venue:

Six Degrees

Day:

Sunday

Time:

10:00am - 11:30am

Type:

The Fifth Precept

Address:

204 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T (map)

Other info:

We come together to sit and to share about the intersection of meditation and recovery in our lives. We draw on the shared wisdom of the Dharma, the Twelve Steps, and our personal experience.
The general format is 20 minute period of meditation, a brief quote or passage to inspire, 12 step style sharing, then a brief closing meditation.

Contact:

For more information: Krista Phone- (416) 732-0780    

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