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Buddhist Recovery Meetings: USA > California


Alameda

Venue:

Home Of Truth Spiritual Center

Day:

Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month

Time:

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Type:

Mindful Recovery Meeting

Address:

1300 Grand St, Alameda, CA 94501 (map)
(rear cottage)

Other info:

Our meeting is for anyone interested in meditation, 12 step recovery and mindfulness.
The format is a beginning 30 minute meditation, introductions, short break, reading and shares. We close with a dedication of merit and brief mindfulness blessing.

Contact:

Email- mindful12step at gmail dot com
Website(s)- mindful12step.tumblr.com

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Berkeley

Venue:

Northbrae Community Church

Day:

2nd Tuesday of each month (monthly)

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

Dharma & Recovery

Address:

941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707 (map)
(Room #1 upstairs)

Other info:

The Berkeley Dharma & Recovery group is led by Walt Opie (mentored by Kevin Griffin). The purpose of this monthly group is to support those who want to integrate Buddhist teachings and practices into their recovery. We are open to people of all backgrounds and recovery paths, including, but not limited to all 12-Step programs. We encourage the use of mindfulness and meditation and are grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion, and interdependence. Each gathering begins with a period of meditation with instructions. New meditators are always welcome. There is time for discussion and each week a recovery/dharma theme is presented.

Contact:

Email- waltopie at gmail dot com
Website(s)- berkeleydharmarecovery.blogspot.com/

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Berkeley

Venue:

924 Gilman Street

Day:

Sundays

Time:

10:00am - 11:30am

Type:

Refuge Recovery meeting

Address:

924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (map)

Other info:

These meetings are based on Noah Levine’s model, found in his book, “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Addiction Recovery”.

Contact:

Aaron Zimpel Email- azimpel63 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org

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Berkeley

Venue:

Berkeley Buddhist Monastery

Day:

Fourth Tuesday of each month

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

Berkeley Dharma and Recovery

Address:

2304 McKinley Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (map)
Corner of Bancroft Ave, across from Washington School.

Other info:

Who: Anyone interested in recovery, mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism.
Led by Kevin Griffin and others.
Details: 30 minute sit followed by Q&A and Dharma talk. No food or drinks in the meditation hall. For those who are chemically sensitive, the monks burn incense. Please treat the monastery with respect for their tradition.
To join mailing list, go to www.kevingriffin.net and select “Bay Area/Nor Cal only” email list.

Contact:

For information Email- kevgriffin2 at comcast dot net

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Campbell

Venue:

Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center

Day:

Sundays

Time:

7:00pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

1550 La Pradera Drive, Campbell, CA 95008-1547 (map)

Other info:

Refuge Recovery is a buddhist inspired path to recovery from addictions of all kinds. It is open to people recovering from addictions to and obsession for alcohol, drugs, codependency, gambling, sex, food, technology, relationship, etc. You are welcome here. We are not opposed to anyone and Refuge Recovery can be used in addition to the wonderful gifts of 12 step program, or can be a path on its own to recovery and freedom. We are an abstinence based program.
Refuge Recovery started in Los Angeles several years ago and is growing around the the country. There is a wonderful book about it that just came out by Noah Levine, a Buddhist teacher. You can read about Refuge Recovery here: www.refugerecovery.org
We are not affiliated with Gyalwa Gyatso center, they simply have very graciously offered to allow us to use their very beautiful space for our meeting. You do NOT need to be a Buddhist to attend Refuge Recovery. All are welcome here.
The format will likely be as follows:

  • Opening introductions
  • 20 Minute Silent Meditation (very brief instructions on mindfulness meditation before the sitting begins, but not during the sitting, which will be held in silence for 20 minutes)
  • Then the first Sunday of the month, there will be a chairperson who shares for 10-15 minutes on their story and how Buddhism and/or Refuge Recovery and/or Meditation has played a role in helping them get or stay in recovery and on the path to freedom. Then group members will share in an all volunteer format (no one will be getting called on) to share for 3-5 minutes on what they heard or on a topic chosen by the speaker.

Contact:

Matt Hahn Email- m dot ryan dot hahn at gmail dot com

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Carmel

Venue:

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Day:

Saturday

Time:

9:00am - 10:00am

Type:

Ordinary Recovery

Address:

4th and Guadalupe, Carmel, CA 93923 (map)
Northwest corner

Other info:

Ordinary Recovery, an ongoing group investigating the relationship between Zen Buddhism and the 12-steps of recovery.

Sponsored by the Monterey Bay Zen Center, the group was established more than 10 years ago and includes, meditation, a short talk followed by discussion. The group is open to those interested in 12-step work and meditation.

Contact:

For more information: Phone- (831) 624-7491    Email- yblnwj7965 at sbcglobal dot net

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Claremont

Venue:

New Mind Meditation Buddhist Society

Day:

Tuesday

Time:

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Type:

Buddhist Recovery Meeting

Address:

586 West First Street, Claremont, CA 91711 (map)
(Claremont Forum)

Other info:

From Addiction to Awareness is a 12-step meditation program developed by our founder Johnathan Thomas. This is a meeting for anyone recovering from anything. Our focus is meditation in the Buddhist style, though you don’t have to be a Buddhist to do it. We just work with our minds, and see what’s what. This meeting is not affiliated with any major 12-step group, but some of our members are.
Our format is meditation, a dharma talk, and discussion. First there is a brief introduction, including a chance for participants to say their names and the addiction they are dealing with if they so choose. Then there is 20-30minute meditation period. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. People are free to meditate any way they choose. There is an opportunity to make a donation, but none is expected.
We aspire that this meeting be available to people in recovery whether they are Buddhists or not, as well as to anyone curious about meditation and how they might integrate it into their lives.

Contact:

For more information visit: Website(s)- newmindmeditation.com

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Davis

Venue:

Davis Shambhala Center

Day:

Wednesdays

Time:

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Type:

Explores the connection between Buddhist practice and teachings, and recovery work.

Address:

133 D Street, Davis, CA 95616 (map)
Suite H (upstairs)

Other info:

The evening includes a 20-minute period of meditation, a short talk, and a group discussion in 12-step format. Beginners to Buddhist practice and/or all types of recovery are welcome.

Contact:

Jack: Phone- (530) 219-7900    

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Los Angeles

Venue:

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles

Suburb:

Eagle Rock/Pasadena

Day:

Wednesdays (Weekly)

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

The Heart of Recovery

Address:

963 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock/Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA 90041-1705 (map)

Other info:

The Heart of Recovery is a weekly meditation and sharing support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the Twelve Steps with the goal of integrating the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence.

The format of the group is as follows:

  • Welcome each other
  • Practice Shamatha Viphasyana (peace of mind, awareness of mind) meditation
  • Group’s facilitator or guest speaker shares a reading or talk with the group
  • Group discussion and sharing of our personal experience, strength and hope
  • Close with Shamatha Viphasyana meditation practice and read the Dedication of Merit.
‘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

Open to all Buddhist practitioners from all traditions and/or Twelve Step practitioners from all programs.

Contact:

For more information email the group’s coordinator and he will get back to you shortly: Email- heartofrecovery at gmail dot com
Website(s)- la.shambhala.org

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Los Angeles

Venue:

Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

Day:

Tuesdays

Time:

7:30pm

Type:

Buddhist Recovery Meeting

Address:

4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029 (map)

Other info:

The meeting will focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from all addictions. There will be an emphasis on meditation practice and waking up to the habitual patterns that drive us and our unskillful behaviors. These are not 12-Step meetings, but we will see how the steps can be understood from a Buddhist perspective.
Each week the meeting will focus on a different topic:

  • Four Truths of Recovery
  • Fifth Precept
  • Buddhist Perspective on the 12 Steps
  • Speaker
These meetings are appropriate for anyone in recovery, or interested in recovery. No meditation experience is necessary.

Contact:

Phone- (323) 665-4300    Website(s)- www.againstthestream.org

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Los Angeles

Venue:

Against the Stream

Day:

Sunday

Time:

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029 (map)

Other info:

Refuge Recovery is Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.   We are a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Meetings are peer-led and include guided meditations, readings from the Refuge Recovery book, speakers, and sharing. No meditation experience is necessary. Donation only, no pre-registration.

Refuge Recovery is a part of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested.

Contact:

Email- refugerecoverylosangeles at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org/

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Los Angeles

Venue:

The AT Center

Day:

Mondays through Fridays

Time:

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

1773 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (map)
(Unity Hall - ground level meeting room)

Other info:

Refuge Recovery is Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.   We are a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Meetings are peer-led and include guided meditations, readings from the Refuge Recovery book, speakers, and sharing. No meditation experience is necessary. Donation only, no pre-registration.

Refuge Recovery is a part of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested.

Contact:

Email- refugerecoverylosangeles at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org/

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Los Angeles

Venue:

Against The Stream

Day:

Tuesday

Time:

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA CA90029 (map)

Other info:

Refuge Recovery is Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.   We are a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Meetings are peer-led and include guided meditations, readings from the Refuge Recovery book, speakers, and sharing. No meditation experience is necessary. Donation only, no pre-registration.

Refuge Recovery is a part of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested.

Contact:

Email- refugerecoverylosangeles at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org/

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Los Angeles

Venue:

Refuge Recovery Center

Day:

Friday

Time:

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Type:

Inventory group

Address:

4302 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029 (map)

Other info:

Refuge Recovery is Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.   We are a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Meetings are peer-led and include guided meditations, readings from the Refuge Recovery book, speakers, and sharing. No meditation experience is necessary. Donation only, no pre-registration.

Refuge Recovery is a part of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested.

Contact:

Email- refugerecoverylosangeles at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org/

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Los Angeles

Venue:

The AT Center

Day:

Saturday

Time:

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

1773 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (map)
(Unity Hall - ground level meeting room)

Other info:

Refuge Recovery is Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.   We are a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Meetings are peer-led and include guided meditations, readings from the Refuge Recovery book, speakers, and sharing. No meditation experience is necessary. Donation only, no pre-registration.

Refuge Recovery is a part of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested.

Contact:

Email- refugerecoverylosangeles at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org/

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Los Gatos

Venue:

Calvary Church

Day:

Saturday mornings

Time:

7:45am

Type:

Conscious Contact Meditation Group

Address:

16330 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95032 (map)
(red brick building)

Other info:

The format is 15 minutes of silent meditation, 25 minutes topic/discussion, then 10 minutes of closing meditation.
All are welcome.
Note that this is an AA meeting.

Contact:

For more information see the AA website. Website(s)- meetings.aasanjose.org/

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Modesto

Venue:

Jana Lynn Community Room

Day:

Thursdays

Time:

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

500 N. 9th St., Modesto, CA 95350 (map)

Other info:

We are using the Four Noble Truths, including the Eightfold Path, as the framework and guide to recovering from addiction. Noah Levine's “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Addiction Recovery,” will be our primary text. We will meditate, read, and share.
Affiliation: Insight Meditation Central Valley

Contact:

Op Email- optimismone at ymail dot com

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Oxnard

  

Please note: People in the area have tried to attend this meeting and reported to us that there was no one at the venue at the time listed below. The Buddhist Recovery Network has attempted to correspond with the contact for this meeting and received no response. As a result, we suspect this group may have stopped meeting. If anyone has any information regarding this meeting; meeting status, new contact information, or other, please contact us at meetings at buddhistrecovery dot org. We will remove this listing from the website after 60 days if we have not received an update. Thank You.

 

Venue:

Ocean Avenue, Oxnard

Day:

Tuesday

Time:

7:00pm – 8:15/8:30pm

Type:

Buddhism/12Step Recovery Meeting

Address:

500 Ocean Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93035 (map)

Other info:

This meeting has been running for 1yr 4mo.
Each meeting is led by a volunteer from the group. We do not have an established teacher for this group nor are we affiliated with any Buddhist Center although a few of us attend meetings/meditation at Against the Stream in Santa Monica or attend other meditation groups.
We welcome people in all 12 Step programs. this is a small meeting, usually between 6-12 people.
Format is based on a combination of Kevin Griffins' suggestions for format and uses Noah Levine's 4 Noble Truths of Recovery.
Each month we cover one of the 12 Steps for the whole month. Every other week in that month is a concept or principle topic relating to Buddhism/meditation. Meetings start out with a 20 minute meditation. Choice of meditation is up to leader. Sometimes it is a silent meditation, or guided meditation if there is the need. There is a 5-7 minute break where we observe the silence but share in tea and sometimes snacks. After the break, the volunteer leader of the evening reads or we listen to a C.D recording of a dharma talk. Readings are usually from 12step recovery/Buddhism books and chosen by the leader of the evening. After reading there is a discussion. We end the meeting with a Lovingkindness Prayer and the Higher Power version of the Serenity Prayer.

Contact:

For more information: Email- Venturarecoverysangha at gmail dot com

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Redwood City

Venue:

Insight Meditation Center (IMC)

Day:

2nd Sunday of every month

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

Buddhism and Twelve Step Support Group

Address:

108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062 (map)

Other info:

Group discussion and study exploring the Twelve Step program and Buddhist practice through Kevin Griffin’s book, A Burning Desire: Dharma, God and the Path of Recovery.
Includes 30 minutes meditation, reading, and open discussion. Everyone welcome.
Facilitated by Jennifer Lemas, a longtime practitioner at IMC

Contact:

Email- jennlemas at comcast dot net
Website(s)- www.insightmeditationcenter.org/

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Richmond

Venue:

El Cerrito Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous

Day:

Thursdays

Time:

6:45am

Type:

AA meditation meeting

Address:

12260 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, CA 94805 (map)
(block and a half north of MacDonald Ave.)

Other info:

This meditation meeting involves readings about meditation, recovery, and addiction from various sources. 

Contact:

Bill Barstad Phone- (510) 345-8845    Email- bill_barstad at yahoo dot com

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Sacramento

Venue:

Sacramento Dharma Center

Day:

Mondays

Time:

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Type:

Buddhist 12 Step Sangha

Address:

3111 Wissemann Dr., Sacramento, CA 95826 (map)

Other info:

Sacramento Insight Mediation is offering a Buddhist 12 Step Recovery Sangha that uses the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight Fold Path as a guide to recovery. Our meeting is open to any level of Practice as well as being open to any addiction/craving/behavior. We offer a 20 minute silent or guided meditation, reading from Buddhist 12 Step Recovery book, sharing period with a closing Dedication of Merit.

Contact:

Phone- Brian M. (916) 225-7251    Email- papab2010 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- sactoinsight.org

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Sacramento

Venue:

Lion's Roar Dharma Center

Day:

Sundays

Time:

9:00am - 10:30am

Type:

Mindful Recovery

Address:

3240 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 (map)
(Enter through the parking lot side door)

Other info:

Mindful Recovery and Healing is unique in several ways from the traditional 12 step recovery format that many people have encountered. This meeting incorporates the healing aspect of Medicine Buddha practice through prayers, visualization, mantra recitation and meditation.

Learn more by visiting the Mindful Recovery Programs and Activity page.

Contact:

Brian M. Phone- (916) 225-7251    Website(s)- lionsroardharmacenter.org

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Sacramento

Venue:

Lion's Roar Dharma Center

Day:

Wednesdays

Time:

10:00am - 11:30am

Type:

Mindful Recovery

Address:

3240 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 (map)
(Enter through the parking lot side door)

Other info:

Mindful Recovery and Healing is unique in several ways from the traditional 12 step recovery format that many people have encountered. This meeting incorporates the healing aspect of Medicine Buddha practice through prayers, visualization, mantra recitation and meditation.

Learn more by visiting the Mindful Recovery Programs and Activity page.

Contact:

Brian M. Phone- (916) 225-7251    Website(s)- lionsroardharmacenter.org

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San Diego

Venue:

Darma Bum Temple

Day:

Last Wednesday of the month

Time:

7:00pm

Type:

12 Step Zen group

Address:

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 (map)

Other info:

The group started January 2012, hosted by Peter Kuhn, ordained member of the Order of Interbeing in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Tradition.
The group is intended as a supplement to regular meetings, to explore how Mindfulness practice, meditation and the Dharma can deepen our understanding and application of the steps in our daily lives. This is an open meeting for those in recovery or simply wanting freedom and healing. Format includes sitting, dharma talk, and sharing. Guest speakers from other traditions are joyfully scheduled.

Contact:

Peter Kuhn Phone- (619) 890-1832    Email- peterkuhnxx at gmail dot com

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San Diego

Venue:

Dharma Bum Temple

Day:

Every Sunday

Time:

10:00am - 11:30am

Type:

Buddhist Recovery Meeting

Address:

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 (map)

Other info:

Take a journey of growth, healing and self-discovery: Through the 12 Steps as interpreted in Buddhism.
The Buddhist Recovery Group is open to all people who suffer from any addiction or compulsive behavior and are looking for a comprehensive, transformative path to end their suffering. People who are dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, gambling, and other compulsive or harmful behaviors are all members of this group.
This group will serve the needs of two distinct groups: (1) those people wishing to participate in a year-long step study, and (2) those people wishing to join in periodically throughout the year.
We will teach the traditional 12 Steps as outlined in "Alcoholics Anonymous" and with each step we will draw on Buddhism to highlight the similarities in each tradition to enhance the spiritual experience of the participant.
Suggested readings: Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment by Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin, as well as The Big Book and The 12 & 12.

Contact:

Phone- (858) 922-8811    Email- thedharmabumtemple at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.thedharmabums.org

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San Diego

Venue:

Dharma Bum Temple

Day:

Every Tuesday

Time:

7:00pm - 8:00 pm

Type:

Buddhist Recovery Meeting

Address:

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 (map)

Other info:

Take a journey of growth, healing and self-discovery: Through the 12 Steps as interpreted in Buddhism.
The Buddhist Recovery Group is open to all people who suffer from any addiction or compulsive behavior and are looking for a comprehensive, transformative path to end their suffering. People who are dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, gambling, and other compulsive or harmful behaviors are all members of this group.
This group will serve the needs of two distinct groups: (1) those people wishing to participate in a year-long step study, and (2) those people wishing to join in periodically throughout the year.
We will teach the traditional 12 Steps as outlined in "Alcoholics Anonymous" and with each step we will draw on Buddhism to highlight the similarities in each tradition to enhance the spiritual experience of the participant.
Suggested readings: Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment by Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin, as well as The Big Book and The 12 & 12.

Contact:

Phone- (858) 922-8811    Email- thedharmabumtemple at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.thedharmabums.org

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San Diego

Venue:

Dharma Bum Temple

Day:

Thursdays

Time:

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Type:

Book Study

Address:

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 (map)

Other info:

Book study of Kevin Griffin's Buddhism & The Twelve Steps Workbook.

The group reads together, responding to the text, choosing to do some of the exercises as they arise.

One can commit to attending all meetings, to follow the entirety along with the group, or drop in to isolated sessions occasionally.

Contact:

Phone- (858) 922-8811    Email- thedharmabumtemple at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.thedharmabums.org

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San Francisco

Venue:

San Francisco Zen Center

Day:

Mondays

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

Sitting & Discussion Group for People in Recovery

Address:

300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)

Other info:

This is a drop-in group, started in 2000, for those interested in exploring the connection between Buddhist teaching and practice and recovery work. Although we are based on a 12 Step model, everyone is welcome, including friends and family members of people in recovery. The evening includes a short meditation instruction, 20 minutes of silent mediation, a talk and an open discussion. The group is led by Buddhist practitioners in recovery. By donation.
Check the SFZC website for retreats and other offerings for people in recovery.

Contact:

Phone- (415) 863-3136    Email- ccoffice at sfzc dot org
Website(s)- www.sfzc.org

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San Francisco

Venue:

Hartford Street Zen Center

Suburb:

Castro district

Day:

Fridays

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Type:

Buddhist Recovery Meeting

Address:

57 Hartford St, Castro district, San Francisco, CA 94114 (map)

Other info:

The format is the same as our Monday meeting at the Zen Center but the group is smaller than the one at Zen Center, more intimate with between 20 and 30 people each week.
All recovery backgrounds are welcomed.

Contact:

Email- timothywicks at comcast dot net

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San Francisco

Venue:

Hartford Street Zen Center

Suburb:

Castro district

Day:

Every first Thursday of the month

Time:

7:15pm - 8:45pm

Type:

Women's Meditation & Recovery Sangha

Address:

57 Hartford St, Castro district, San Francisco, CA 94114 (map)

Other info:

Co-leaders: Laura B (25+ year recovery, Lay Entrusted by Linda Ruth Cutts) and Cynthia K (25+ years recovery, Dharma Transmitted by Darlene Cohen)
Format: Meditation, dharma/recovery talk/discussion/meditation
All recovery lineages welcome
Established April, 2010

Contact:

Email- cynthia dot kear at gmail dot com

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San Francisco

Venue:

San Francisco Zen Center

Type:

Sangha in Recovery, 2011-2012

Address:

300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)

Other info:

The San Francisco Zen Center is offering, in three trimesters, a yearlong experience of Sangha for people in recovery.

Those who join this group will commit to the practice of meditation three times a week (either at home or in a formal setting), attending a class on basic Buddhist concepts, meeting together and individually with the organizing teachers. Other opportunities will be offered throughout the year as electives.

This program is open to anyone in recovery from substance abuse or behavioral disorder. We ask that you be already involved in a recovery program and that you have a minimum of a year of continuous sobriety. Sangha in Recovery is not meant to replace, but to augment, our efforts elsewhere.

The year will be divided into three trimesters and the events scheduled to accommodate working people. The fees listed cover the class, the group meetings and meetings with teachers for the first trimester. The elective events are offered at a reduced rate for those enrolled in Sangha in Recovery.

For more information go to the SFZC website.

Contact:

Outreach Coordinator, Jeffrey Schneider Phone- (415) 354-0379    Website(s)- www.sfzc.org

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San Francisco

Venue:

Gratitude Center

Day:

Thursday

Time:

8:00 pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Address:

1320 7th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122 (map)

Other info:

Ongoing weekly meetings open to anyone interested in Recovery and Buddhism.
These meetings will focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from all addictions. There will be an emphasis on meditation practice and waking up to the habitual patterns that drive us and our unskillful behaviors.
These meetings are appropriate for anyone in recovery, or interested in recovery. No meditation experience is necessary.
Donation only, no preregistration -just drop in.Download flyer.

Contact:

For questions or more info, please write: Email- Enrique at againstthestream dot org

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San Jose

Venue:

The Friends Meeting House

Day:

Thursdays

Time:

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Type:

Meditation and discussion

Address:

1041 Morse St, San Jose, CA 95126 (map)

Other info:

Hosted by San Jose Dharma Punx, with Jason Murphy.
All are welcome.
No Charge - by Donation Only.

Contact:

Email- jasmurph40 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- Yahoo Group

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San Jose

Venue:

Zen and the Art of Recovery

Day:

Tuesday and Friday evenings

Time:

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Type:

Recovery zazenkai

Address:

3507 Palmilla Drive, San Jose, CA 95134 (map)
# 4103

Other info:

In Japan, many Buddhists meet informally in small community meditation groups call “zazenkai”, to practice meditation and offer one another support. Our “recovery zazenkai” will be based on the principles of Soto Zen Buddhism, meditation and simple group therapy dynamics. It is appropriate for people in active recovery of any kind who would like to explore Buddhism as an additional support system while they go through the recovery process.
This will be a closed group and will meet two times a week at my home in eight week cycles. The group will not exceed 5-8 people maximum but is often as small as three. You will be required to bring or buy a meditation cushion. I may be able to arrange buying some if you need one.
Please note: This is NOT a 12-step meeting nor is it a substitute for one. It is not meant for people trying to get clean and sober -it is meant to be a general recovery and support group- a community sitting place for those who are sober already and wish to learn more about Zen Buddhism and its helpful relationship to the art of recovery.
Space is limited so if you are interested in attending email us before the next meeting date (the next Tuesday or the next Friday.)

Contact:

To attend the next group please email me first. Phone- 415-316-4773    Email- louisd at bigthinker dot com

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San Jose

Venue:

Our Friends Meeting House (building in the back)

Day:

Wednesdays

Time:

7:00pm - 8:15pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery Meeting

Address:

1041 Morse St, San Jose, CA 95126 (map)

Other info:

This meeting is open to all forms of recovery. There is no requirement for attendance and we welcome all those who are seeking freedom from addiction. We will explore how Dharma practice can deepen this process.
Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Contact:

Jason Murphy Email- jasmurph40 at gmail dot com

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Santa Cruz

Venue:

Pacific Cultural Center

Suburb:

Soquel

Day:

Sundays

Time:

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Type:

"Conscious Contact Meditation Meeting". Open AA Meeting

Address:

1307 Seabright Ave, Soquel, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (map)

Other info:

Meeting is divided into three segments:

  • reading (from either Big Book, 12 x 12, or Spiritual Awakenings [Grapevine excerpts]);
  • discussion;
  • 20-minute meditation.

Meeting has been held since 2006, regular attendance approx. 20-25 persons.

Contact:

Tom W: Phone- (831) 295-2127    Email- watkriege at cruzio dot com

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Santa Cruz

Venue:

Calvary Episcopal Church

Day:

Monday - Friday daily

Time:

11:00am - 12 noon

Type:

"Sought Through Meditation" - Open AA meeting

Address:

532 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)
"Fireside Room"

Other info:

Sought Through Meditation is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, dedicated to the practice of meditation in an AA meeting setting. It offers an opportunity to share the experience, strength and hope of the 11th Step. All are welcome who are interested in improving their conscious contact with the God of their understanding.
Format: 30 minute silent meditation followed by general discussion/sharing.
The meeting began 3/2/09. Usual attendance: 8-10 people.

Contact:

Tom Watson: Phone- (831) 426-2268    Email- watkriege at cruzio dot com

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Santa Cruz

Venue:

Santa Cruz Zen Center

Day:

Fridays

Time:

6:45pm - 7:45pm

Type:

Ordinary Recovery

Address:

113 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)

Other info:

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Zen Center, the group began November 6, 2009, and meets in the Zendo.
This is a group for people working with recovery and the addictive mind. Sessions consist of 20 minutes of meditation, a reading and short talk, followed by open discussion.
The group is open to all addictions and those interested in integrating all modes of addiction recovery practice, including 12-step work, with Zen Buddhism.

Contact:

JP: Phone- (831) 457-0206    Email- jplavalamp at yahoo dot com

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Santa Cruz

Venue:

Insight Santa Cruz

Day:

Tuesday

Time:

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery Meeting

Address:

1010 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)

Other info:

This meeting is open to all forms of recovery. There is no requirement for attendance and we welcome all those who are seeking freedom from addiction. We will explore how Dharma practice can deepen this process.
Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Contact:

Email- jasmurph40 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.insightsantacruz.org

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Santa Cruz

Venue:

Insight Santa Cruz

Day:

Sunday

Time:

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Type:

Rebel Dharma

Address:

1010 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)

Other info:

This meeting is open to all forms of recovery. There is no requirement for attendance and we welcome all those who are seeking freedom from addiction. We will explore how Dharma practice can deepen this process.

Contact:

Email- jasmurph40 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.insightsantacruz.org

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Santa Cruz

Venue:

Body & Soul Healing Center

Day:

Friday

Time:

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery Meeting

Address:

738 Chestnut St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)

Other info:

This meeting has 20 min guided meditation, reading from a passage of the book “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Addiction Recovery”, and discussion.

Contact:

Email- karahbellaa at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org

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Santa Monica

Venue:

Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

Day:

Thursdays

Time:

7:30pm

Type:

Buddhist Recovery Meeting

Address:

1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)

Other info:

The meeting will focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from all addictions. There will be an emphasis on meditation practice and waking up to the habitual patterns that drive us and our unskillful behaviors. These are not 12-Step meetings, but we will see how the steps can be understood from a Buddhist perspective.
Each week the meeting will focus on a different topic:

  • Four Truths of Recovery
  • Fifth Precept
  • Buddhist Perspective on the 12 Steps
  • Speaker
These meetings are appropriate for anyone in recovery, or interested in recovery. No meditation experience is necessary.

Contact:

Phone- (323) 665-4300    Website(s)- www.againstthestream.org

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Ventura

  

Please note: People in the area have tried to attend this meeting and reported to us that there was no one at the venue at the time listed below. The Buddhist Recovery Network has attempted to correspond with the contact for this meeting and received no response. As a result, we suspect this group may have stopped meeting. If anyone has any information regarding this meeting; meeting status, new contact information, or other, please contact us at meetings at buddhistrecovery dot org. We will remove this listing from the website after 60 days if we have not received an update. Thank You.

 

Venue:

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (CA)

Type:

Mindfulness Recovery

Other info:

This meeting has been suspended --we are hoping to restart it later this year and all inquiries from this listing will help us in that endeavor.

Contact:

For more information, please email David Email- Mindful dot Sobriety at Mindspring dot com

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Walnut Creek

Venue:

United Methodist Church

Day:

Mondays

Time:

6:30pm - 7:45pm

Type:

Mindful Meditation for Recovery

Address:

1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 (map)

Other info:

We begin with a 20-25 min. guided meditation, then read from materials provided by the facilitator, or discuss a topic related to meditation and recovery.
We also explore the interplay of the 12 Steps and Buddhist teachings and practices.
Involvement with any 12 Step program is highly recommended.

Contact:

Phone- (510) 915-2647    Email- Fran at MindfulRecoveryToday dot com
Website(s)- www.mindfulrecoverytoday.com

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Woodacre

Venue:

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Day:

2nd Friday of each month

Time:

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Type:

Dharma & Recovery

Address:

5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, CA 94973 (map)
(Community Meditation Hall)

Other info:

With Kevin Griffin or others.
This group explores the intersection of recovery with Buddhist Teachings and practices. We welcome all people who identify with any of the full range of addictions, from substances, to behaviors, to habitual thought and emotional patterns.
This is not a 12 Step group, but we look to ways that members of that community can support each other on the path of recovery. Each gathering begins with a period of guided meditation and new meditators are welcome. There is time for discussion about meditation practice and each month a recovery/dharma theme will be discussed.
To support the event and meet like-minded people, we encourage you to arrive early and/or stay after to help us with a few simple tasks. The first four people to sign up to volunteer will have their event registration fee waived!
Cost: $8-$10 sliding scale class fee, plus a donation to the teacher.
Pre-registration not required, just come!

Contact:

For more information or to sign up, please contact us at: Phone- (415) 488-0164 x224    Email- volunteering at spiritrock dot org
Website(s)- www.spiritrock.org/

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