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  • Last updated: 17 Aug 2019
  • What’s new?
  • A new meeting, in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States. Find out more here.
  • A new meeting, in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Find out more here.
  • A new meeting, in Saginaw, Michigan, United States. Find out more here.
  • A new meeting, in Cumming, Georgia, United States. Find out more here.
  • A new meeting, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. Find out more here.
  • Numerous retreats and events over the coming months. Find out more here.
  • And remember to check the BRN calendar of events here for talks, retreats and workshops.
  • The BRN Team.
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This is the official website of the Buddhist Recovery Network.

The Buddhist Recovery Network promotes the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths.

This website presents resources that can help illuminate the Buddhist path to freedom from alcoholism and addiction. To view these resources, please click on any of the buttons in the navigation menu.

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2019 Buddhist Recovery Summit now open for registration!

Registration is closing soon for the Buddhist Recovery Summit in Lacey Washington, September 5-8, 2019. Register soon to save your spot.

Joan Toliffson Next BRN Academy teaching with Joan Toliffson -- August 4th 2019

Recovery Is Now, Awareness Is the Key

Joan has had personal experience with alcohol addiction, a fingerbiting compulsion (classified
as an impulse-control disorder), compulsive thinking, and depression. She does not believe
there is one recovery model that fits everyone, and she encourages people to find what works
for them. What she offers is an approach rooted in open awareness – giving nonjudgmental
attention to the whole happening that we call ‘addiction’ or ‘compulsion’ or ‘depression,’
without trying to change it, but simply shedding light on it. She also stresses the liberating
recognition that both our apparent imperfections and the stormy weather in life are often
essential to evolutionary growth and transformation, and that the light and the dark go
together and cannot be pulled apart. Joan does not consider herself a Buddhist and does not
belong to any tradition, but she has spent time with a number of Buddhist teachers, including
Charlotte Joko Beck, Steve Hagen, Anam Thubten and Mel Weitsman, and her main teacher,
Toni Packer, was a former Zen teacher who left the tradition behind to work in a more open

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We are excited to present...

   ... a summary from the Northern California Regional Buddhist Summit

as well as...

  ... a new BRN Academy Podcast page.

Buddhism and the Twelve Steps - A 5-day intensive meditation retreat with Kevin Griffin
June 5 – 9, 2019

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center in the Colorado Rockies, 30 minutes west of Boulder

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