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Angyu Devin Ashwood

Angyu Devin Ashwood

Angyu Devin Ashwood has been influenced by a range of traditions, but has primarily trained in Soto Zen in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki after meeting Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi in 2000. For much of his life, he has worked to make the Buddha's liberative teaching and practice available to underserved populations, in prisons and addiction recovery services. As part of this, he works as a prison chaplain and trains teachers to deliver Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. Devin received a Masters Degree in Mindfulness Based Approaches from the University of Bangor and is currently the Director of Gaia House, an Insight focused Buddhist retreat centre in the UK. He occasionally writes for on-line and print publication including: 'Buddhism & Addiction' for the Sage publication 'Key Concepts in Substance misuse' (2015).


  • July 7th 2019Living an Authentic Life
    A life free from craving, addictions and compulsions isn’t just about avoiding intoxicants, it invites the opportunity to live a full and authentic life with creativity and joy. This isn’t just a possibility. Research suggests that although people in recovery from substance misuse often suffer more in the first year, in the longer term they are on average happier than the general population. Could this be because recovery demands effort, self-reflection and a willingness to change? We will explore how we can use these qualities on the Buddha’s path as a self-study and training programme that shines a light on the mistakes we make so that we can give them up and live life on life’s terms. Living an authentic life, in harmony with the Dharma is a life of peace and joy. Please join me as we explore this together.
  • July 1st 2018The Practice of Freedom