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Vimalasara Mason-John

Vimalasara Mason-John

Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John was the co-founder and guiding teacher of Healing and Insight, an online faculty that explored the sharp edges of suffering. Award-winning author of 8 books, they are the co-founder and co-author of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction, with 8 step meetings in 3 continents. They are also the co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery. Vimalasara is a senior teacher in the Triratna Order and Community.


  • December 4th 2022
  • October 2nd 2022Ask anything about Recovery and Dharma - and see what you discover

    This is an opportunity to ask all those questions you've wanted to but have been too shy to. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions anonymously too if this helps. Vimalasara will give a short meditation and a dharma talk based on questions from the listeners. Curiosity is an important element of recovery. We need to become curious about letting go of certain behaviours, and we need to ask all those questions that may inspire us. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday October 2nd.

  • November 7th 2021A Taste of Freedom

    This month in our Buddhist Recovery Workshop series Vimalasara led us in a guided meditation and Dharma talk.

  • November 1st 2020Meditating 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

  • December 1st 2019Watch the Triggers: The Festive Season is Here

    Top up on tips and coping mechanisms to deal with the holidays.  Do the festive season with a sense of freedom and joy.



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