Buddhist Recovery Meetings: Canada > British Columbia
Women's Refuge Recovery
Day/time: Fridays — 6:00pm
Kelowna Yoga House
Refuge Recovery: Is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.
This meeting is open to anyone who identifies as a woman.
Email- refugerecoverykelowna at gmail dot com
Recovery Monday’s (Exploring Addiction and Recovery through the lens of Buddhism)
Day/time: Mondays — 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Vancouver Buddhist Centre
This is a drop-in meditation evening for people in recovery. We unpack the spiritual step in the 12 step program through Buddhism and meditation. It will be an opportunity to explore Buddhist meditation as a tool to help calm the addicted mind and heal the addicted heart. Compliments all recovery programs including 12 Steps, SMART recovery et al.
Lead by Vimalasara (The co-author of Eight Step Recovery - Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction) and a team of people in recovery.
See attached flyer (PDF approx. 95Kb) for more details about this book - and how to set up an 8 step Recovery Meeting.
Eight Step Recovery
Day/time: Sundays — 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Vancouver Buddhist Centre
Eight Step Recovery is an alternative recovery program to the 12 step program of Alcoholic Anonymous. It uses the Buddhist Teachings to overcome addiction. This Eight Step program is a set of mindfulness teachings outlining a suggested course of action for recovery from addiction, stinking thinking, negative mental states, and compulsive and obsessive behaviours.
This program was cofounded by Dr Valerie Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and Dr Paramabandhu Groves Ph.D. in 2013, and published in their book: “Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's teachings to overcome addiction”.
Victoria Buddhism in Recovery (B12)
Day/time: First and third Wednesdays of the month — 7:30 - 9:00pm
We are a group of people in recovery who meet to discuss Buddhism and recovery.
The following guidelines are being used: “We support the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviours.”
The meetings are open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths. We promote mindfulness and meditation and are grounded in Buddhist principals of non-harming, compassion and interdependence (adapted from buddhistrecovery.org). We encourage our members to stay active in the recovery program of their choice. This group is considered a supplement to our 12 step programs.
Time for sharing.
Please try to be on time or enter mindfully, so as not to disturb the meditation of others.
Please bring your own beverage.
This meeting is by donation, with proceeds going to the Friary.
For more information Email- vicbuddha12 at gmail dot com