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Buddhist Recovery Meetings: United Kingdom


Dundee, Dundee


Sit-and-Share


Day/time: Dates to be advised, see website (below)  —  7:00pm - 9:00pm (please arrive from 6:30pm ready for a prompt start at 7:00pm)


Nilipul Centre

51 Reform St, Dundee, Dundee DD1 1SL   Map


Other info:

Each “sit and share” meeting begins with 10-minutes of serenity meditation. This is a simple breathing meditation to calm the breath, relax the body and quiet the mind.
This is followed by a further 10-minute active contemplation of a topic chosen by the group. This meditation involves the examination of the chosen topic in all areas of our life. Individuals are then invited to share on the topic as it relates to their recovery or abstinence. There is no expectation or obligation on any individual to ‘share&srquo;; they can simply &slquo;pass&srquo; if they so wish. The last meditation of the evening may be a guided or a silent 30-minute &slquo;sit&srquo;.
No registration needed — just show up.
No fee — donations only.


Contact: For more information: Email- scotland at 5th-precept dot org
Website(s)- www.5th-precept.org/dundee.html


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London, London


Refuge Recovery


Day/time: Sundays  —  6:30pm


The Bonnington Centre

11 Vauxhall Grove, London, London SW8 1TD   Map
(5 mins walk from Vauxhall Tube station. Ring the bell for middle room)


Other info:

Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.

We are a community of people dedicated to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity, using meditation and kindness to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Our weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditations, readings from the book Refuge Recovery, and group sharing and discussion.

Open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths, these meetings are appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. No prior meditation experience necessary.

Always free; donations welcome.


Contact: Email- refugerecoverylondon_uk at yahoo dot com
Website(s)- www.facebook.com/RefugeRecoveryLondonUK - www.refugerecovery.org


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London, London


Eight Step Recovery


Day/time: Friday  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


North London Buddhist Centre

72 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London, London N7 8JG   Map


Other info:

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”.


Contact: Phone- (0)20 7700 1177    Website(s)- North London Buddhist Centre


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London, London


Refuge Recovery


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  6:30pm


Old Queen St

2-4 Old Queen St, Westminster, London, London SW1H 9HP   Map
(5 mins walk from Westminster tube station)


Other info:

Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds.

We are a community of people dedicated to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity, using meditation and kindness to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Our weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditations, readings from the book Refuge Recovery, and group sharing and discussion.

Open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths, these meetings are appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. No prior meditation experience necessary.

Always free; donations welcome.


Contact: Email- refugerecoverylondon_uk at yahoo dot com
Website(s)- www.facebook.com/RefugeRecoveryLondonUK - www.refugerecovery.org


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Norfolk, Norwich


Norwich Buddhist Recovery Group


Day/time: Mondays  —  19:00 - 20:00


Inner Space

34 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PF   Map


Other info:

The intention of the Norwich Buddhist Recovery Group is to support those who are interested in investigating and applying Buddhist teachings and practices to their recovery from addiction. We are open to people of all backgrounds and recovery paths.

Our weekly peer led meetings include a guided meditation, reading of Buddhist recovery literature and group sharing. 

Meeting is free; donations appreciated.


Contact: Email- norwichbuddhistrecovery at gmail dot com


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Suffolk, Ipswich


Eight Step Recovery


Day/time: Sunday  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


Ipswich Buddhist Centre

4 Friars Bridge Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1RR   Map


Other info:

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.


Contact: Phone- 01473 211516    Email- enquiries at ipswichbuddhistcentre dot org dot uk
Website(s)- Ipswich Buddhist Centre


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Ulster, Belfast


Mindfulness and Recovery Group


Day/time: Sundays  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm (please arrive by 7:20pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm)


Black Mountain Zen Centre

64 Donegal street, Belfast, Ulster BT12 6LX   Map


Other info:

Frank has worked in the community care voluntary mental health sector for some twenty-five years and currently project manages a supported housing therapeutic community in the North West. Frank was the co-founding Director of the Belfast Mindfulness Centre. As an indigenous Belfast born practitioner he has been at the forefront of developing creative cross community mindfulness based initiatives to communities / groups traumatised by the Northern Ireland troubles. Frank studied mindfulness at the University of Wales and is a qualified integrative humanistic counsellor. Presently Frank teaches mindfulness through the life long learning programme at the Queen’s University of Belfast and has also successfully delivered experiential and practice-based training programmes to mental health and allied professionals working in psychiatry, nursing, social work and the criminal justice system.

Meeting format:
7:30pm – 8:00pm ~ body scan
8:00pm – 8:20pm ~ tea
8:20pm – 9:00pm ~ Step 11

Remember: Forgiveness is abandoning hope for a better past.


Contact: Frank Phone- 07976559958    Email- mindfulnessbelfast at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.blackmountainzencentre.org


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Wiltshire, Marlborough


Sit-and-Share


Day/time: Fridays  —  8:00pm - 9:30pm (please arrive from 7:30pm ready for a prompt start at 8:00pm)


St Mary’s Church Cottage

Silverless Street, Marlborough, Wilts SN8 1JQ   Map


Other info:

Each “sit and share” meeting begins with 10-minutes of serenity meditation. This is a simple breathing meditation to calm the breath, relax the body and quiet the mind.
This is followed by a further 10-minute active contemplation of a topic chosen by the group. This meditation involves the examination of the chosen topic in all areas of our life. Individuals are then invited to share on the topic as it relates to their recovery or abstinence. There is no expectation or obligation on any individual to ‘share&srquo;; they can simply &slquo;pass&srquo; if they so wish. The last meditation of the evening may be a guided or a silent 30-minute &slquo;sit&srquo;.
No registration needed — just show up.
No fee — donations only.


Contact: For more information: Email- marlborough at 5th-precept dot org
Website(s)- www.5th-precept.org/marlborough.html


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