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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.

 The Buddhist Recovery Network is in solidarity with the African American populations.      

  • We will not stay quiet in the face of public modern day lynchings of Black and Brown Bodies.
  • We will not be silent over the racial injustices that are prevalent in the USA, Canada, UK and many other countries in Europe.
  • In moving forward we want to be an organization that has Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at the heart of our mission.
  • We aspire to support recovery groups that prioritize the needs of Black and Indigenous People of Color
  • We will work to support creating safer spaces where people from these and other marginalized populations are safe and welcome in all recovery meetings.


 Buddhist Recovery Academy

Vimalasara Mason-John Next BRN Academy teaching with Vimalasara Mason-John -- November 1st 2020 @ 1:00pm US Pacific Time

Meditating during Uncertain Times

With the American election coming up, and the spike in COVID cases around the world, it is inevitable that many people may be experiencing PTSD, panic attacks, worry and concern. Many people ask how can meditation help when all you are doing is sitting on the cushion? Don't we have to get up, go outside and act? Yes we do. What we do off the cushions we bring onto the meditation cushion, and what we do on the meditation cushion we take back into the world. So come and join the President of BRN and explore meditation through a trauma informed lens, and surrender to some healing.


Award-winning author of 8 books, Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John is the co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR, a secular recovery 8-week program, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She was the co-founder of Healing and Insight a teaching faculty embracing Buddhist Recovery in all its guises. She is now responsible for programming Buddhist Recovery Retreats at the Menla Retreat Centre in Upstate New York. Chair of Vancouver Buddhist Centre, she is a senior member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and tours internationally as a public speaker and trainer in the field of addictions and emotional trauma.

Website: www.valeriemason-john.com

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  What's New

Video recording of "Is Racism an Addiction Panel" July 31st, 2020 with Insight, LA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyfd2ORmz2c
Is Racism an Addiction? Is There Such a Thing as the Co-Dependency of Racism?” with panelists Seiho Morris, Richard Schwartz, Kevin Griffin, Vimalasara Mason-John, Holly Whitaker and Jessica Hoppe

View our Spring 2020 Newsletter here

  • Last updated: 27 Oct 2020
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  • What’s new?
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  • Recovery Dharma meetings updated.
  • Refuge Recovery meetings updated.
  • A new virtual meeting, in English. Find out more here.
  • A new virtual meeting, in English. Find out more here.
  • A new virtual meeting, in English. Find out more here.
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  • And remember to check the BRN calendar for talks, retreats and workshops over the coming months. Find out more here.
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  • The BRN Team.
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