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Buddhist Recovery Meetings: United States


Alabama, Birmingham


11th Step Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Mondays  —  5:30pm - 6:30pm


Birmingham Shambhala Center

714 37th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222   Map


Other info:

Our meeting consists of a reading of our intention then a five to ten minute talk on applying mindfulness meditation to some aspect of recovery. Then we sit for twenty minutes. Next we break and get tea or coffee and move to a room with a table and have open sharing on a topic or reading.
We are not directly affiliated with the Shambhala center.
The meeting is free.


Contact: Danny Rosser Email- rosserdanny7 at gmail dot com


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Arizona, Flagstaff


Read ∙ Sit ∙ Talk


Day/time: Mondays  —  5:30pm - Flexible


Flagstaff Federated Church

400 West Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001   Map
Room 24 (Upstairs and to your Left)


Other info:

An Any-A Meeting for Any-Anonymous Person Interested in Meditation and the 12 Steps
- Improving Our Conscious Contact -
All people of all meditation and recovery experience levels and paths are welcome!
(No vows are required, no head shaving, no gurus. Robes are optional, but please wear something.)

What: Reading, Meditation, Discussion "One Breath at a Time" by Kevin Griffin.
Why: To Learn, To Grow, To Share
Who: You?


Contact: Phone- (928) 714-7015    Email- flagstaff at readsittalk dot org


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Arizona, Mesa


The Dharma of Recovery


Day/time: Friday Nights  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Meditation Learning Center

1030 W 9th St, Mesa, AZ 85201   Map


Other info:

WEEKLY MEDITATION GATHERING

Join us on Friday evenings for meditation and peer support. This group is open to anyone interested in freedom from any form of addiction or attachment. Facilitated by meditation teacher Maureen Bradley.


Contact: Phone- 480-513-7747    Email- shane at meditationlearningcenter dot com
Website(s)- www.MeditationLearningCenter.com


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Arizona, Scottsdale


Buddhist Alcohol Study Group


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


The Shambhala Meditation Center of Phoenix

7024 E. Osborn Road Suite A, Scottsdale, AZ 85251   Map
Suite G


Other info:

Sarpashana (pronounced Sar-pa-sha-na) is the Buddhist Alcohol Study Group, which began in the mid-1980s in Boulder for members dealing with alcoholism or alcohol-related problems. This is a study group for all those interested in relating their path of meditation and dharma studies to their alcohol or other addictions and recovery. We explore the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that our addictions and attachments provide us in this context. Sarpashana is not viewed as a substitute for other recovery systems, but as an additional support for other means of recovery. The meetings combine meditation, study, and discussion.
We begin with approximately 20 minutes of meditation, followed by a reading chosen by the facilitator or a volunteer. After all present have had an opportunity to share without cross-talk, we close with 5 minutes of meditation and a Dedication of Merit. Voluntary donations are welcome and appreciated but not required.


Contact: For more information, email Steve Koper or Frank Sebil Email- skoper301 at gmail dot com - frasebil at aol dot com
Website(s)- phoenix.shambhala.org/


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Arizona, Tucson


Sarpashana


Day/time: Thursdays  —  6:00pm - 7:30pm


The Tucson Shambhala Meditation Group

3250 North Tucson Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85716   Map
(just north of Fort Lowell Road on the east side of Tucson Boulevard)


Other info:

Sarpashana is a Buddhist Recovery Group and is also a Sanskrit word meaning ‘poison eater.’ The symbol for the group is the peacock, which, according to an ancient Hindu story, can eat poison and transform it into nourishment, resulting in the bird’s dazzling plumage. Our Sarpashana group serves all people who are interested in relating their path of meditation and dharma studies to their alcohol or other addictions and recovery. The group explores the challenges and opportunities that addictions and attachments provide us in this context. The group meets for meditation, study and discussion.


Contact: For more information: Phone- (520) 481-1286    Website(s)- www.tucson.shambhala.org


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Arkansas, Little Rock


Buddhism and the Twelve Steps


Day/time: Sundays  —  1:00pm - 2:15pm


Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock

1516 West 3rd St., Little Rock, AR 72201   Map


Other info:

The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock hosts an on-going group entitled Buddhism and the Twelve Steps each Sunday afternoon from 1:00-2:15 at our center at 1516 West 3rd St. in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The group practices silent sitting/meditation, engages in mindful discussion of the principles of Buddhism and twelve step recovery, and encourages open sharing with the aim to support our mutual practice of living a life of mindful sobriety.
The group is open to all. No participation in an outside 12-step group is required, nor is adherence to Buddhist teachings. Anyone who is suffering--with addiction or otherwise, or just wants to improve mindful living--might benefit from this group.


Contact: Phone- 501-376-7056    Email- ebs at aristotle dot net
Website(s)- facebook.com/ebslr


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California, Alameda


Mindful Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Home Of Truth Spiritual Center

1300 Grand St, Alameda, CA 94501   Map
(rear cottage)


Other info:

Our meeting is for anyone interested in meditation, 12 step recovery and mindfulness.
The format is a beginning 30 minute meditation, introductions, short break, reading and shares. We close with a dedication of merit and brief mindfulness blessing.


Contact: Email- mindful12step at gmail dot com
Website(s)- mindful12step.tumblr.com


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California, Berkeley


Berkeley Dharma and Recovery


Day/time: Fourth Tuesday of each month  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Berkeley Buddhist Monastery

2304 McKinley Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704   Map
Corner of Bancroft Ave, across from Washington School.


Other info:

Who: Anyone interested in recovery, mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism.
Led by Kevin Griffin and others.
Details: 30 minute sit followed by Q&A and Dharma talk. No food or drinks in the meditation hall. For those who are chemically sensitive, the monks burn incense. Please treat the monastery with respect for their tradition.
To join mailing list, go to www.kevingriffin.net and select “Bay Area/Nor Cal only” email list.


Contact: For information Email- kevgriffin2 at comcast dot net


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California, Carmel


Ordinary Recovery


Day/time: Saturday  —  9:00am - 10:00am


Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

4th and Guadalupe, Carmel, CA 93923   Map
Northwest corner


Other info:

Ordinary Recovery, an ongoing group investigating the relationship between Zen Buddhism and the 12-steps of recovery.

Sponsored by the Monterey Bay Zen Center, the group was established more than 10 years ago and includes, meditation, a short talk followed by discussion. The group is open to those interested in 12-step work and meditation.


Contact: For more information: Phone- (831) 624-7491    Email- yblnwj7965 at sbcglobal dot net


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California, Claremont


Buddhist Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Tuesday  —  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


New Mind Meditation Buddhist Society

586 West First Street, Claremont, CA 91711   Map
(Claremont Forum)


Other info:

From Addiction to Awareness is a 12-step meditation program developed by our founder Johnathan Thomas. This is a meeting for anyone recovering from anything. Our focus is meditation in the Buddhist style, though you don’t have to be a Buddhist to do it. We just work with our minds, and see what’s what. This meeting is not affiliated with any major 12-step group, but some of our members are.
Our format is meditation, a dharma talk, and discussion. First there is a brief introduction, including a chance for participants to say their names and the addiction they are dealing with if they so choose. Then there is 20-30minute meditation period. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. People are free to meditate any way they choose. There is an opportunity to make a donation, but none is expected.
We aspire that this meeting be available to people in recovery whether they are Buddhists or not, as well as to anyone curious about meditation and how they might integrate it into their lives.


Contact: For more information visit: Website(s)- newmindmeditation.com


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California, Davis


Explores the connection between Buddhist practice and teachings, and recovery work.


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  6:30pm - 7:30pm


Davis Shambhala Center

133 D Street, Davis, CA 95616   Map
Suite H (upstairs)


Other info:

The evening includes a 20-minute period of meditation, a short talk, and a group discussion in 12-step format. Beginners to Buddhist practice and/or all types of recovery are welcome.


Contact: Jack: Phone- (530) 219-7900    


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California, Los Angeles


Buddhist Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  7:30pm


Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029   Map


Other info:

The meeting will focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from all addictions. There will be an emphasis on meditation practice and waking up to the habitual patterns that drive us and our unskillful behaviors. These are not 12-Step meetings, but we will see how the steps can be understood from a Buddhist perspective.
Each week the meeting will focus on a different topic:

  • Four Truths of Recovery
  • Fifth Precept
  • Buddhist Perspective on the 12 Steps
  • Speaker

These meetings are appropriate for anyone in recovery, or interested in recovery. No meditation experience is necessary.


Contact: Phone- (323) 665-4300    Website(s)- www.againstthestream.org


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California, Los Angeles


Inventory group


Day/time: Friday  —  7:00pm - 8:15pm


AT Center

1773 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029   Map


Other info:

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

In this special inventory meeting, we aim to provide a supportive and trauma-informed environment in which to do the tough but vital work of Refuge Recovery's inventory process. We will look at the causes of our addiction, how it manifested, and what we are doing for our recovery now.


Contact: Email- refugerecoverylosangeles at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.refugerecovery.org/


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California, Los Gatos


Conscious Contact Meditation Group


Day/time: Saturday mornings  —  7:45am


Calvary Church

16330 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95032   Map
(red brick building)


Other info:

The format is 15 minutes of silent meditation, 25 minutes topic/discussion, then 10 minutes of closing meditation.
All are welcome.
Note that this is an AA meeting.


Contact: For more information see the AA website. Website(s)- meetings.aasanjose.org/


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California, Modesto


Buddhism and the Twelve Steps


Day/time: Second Sunday of each month  —  6:00pm - 7:30pm


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County

2172 Kiernan Ave, Modesto, CA 95356   Map
Sarana (small building at the rear of the east parking lot)


Other info:

The format of this meeting includes a 30 minute period of sitting meditation, a reading on Dharma and recovery and an open discussion on the reading.


Contact: Phone- 209 606 7214    


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California, Oakland


Compassionate Dharma Deep Refuge: Eight Step Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Last Saturday of Every Month  —  1:00pm - 3:00pm


East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612   Map


Other info:

EBMC offers a Recovery, Deep Refuge Buddhist meeting with a focus on ways to heal addiction. Based on the Eight Steps to Recovery developed by Dr. Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and Dr Groves, we believe this inclusive approach can build a solid foundation for those at any level of recovery and for those who have yet to seek help.

Through these practices we hope you gain a practice that can sustain you in your recovery.

We ask that you attend sober on the day with respect for others that may be active in recovery.  Open to all in Recovery.


Contact: Shahara Godfrey Email- slgvibing at earthlink dot net
Website(s)- eastbaymeditation.org


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California, Oxnard


  

Please note: People in the area have tried to attend this meeting and reported to us that there was no one at the venue at the time listed below. The Buddhist Recovery Network has attempted to correspond with the contact for this meeting and received no response. As a result, we suspect this group may have stopped meeting. If anyone has any information regarding this meeting; meeting status, new contact information, or other, please contact us at meetings at buddhistrecovery dot org. We will remove this listing from the website after 60 days if we have not received an update. Thank You.

 

Buddhism/12Step Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Tuesday  —  7:00pm – 8:15/8:30pm


Ocean Avenue, Oxnard

500 Ocean Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93035   Map


Other info:

This meeting has been running for 1yr 4mo.
Each meeting is led by a volunteer from the group. We do not have an established teacher for this group nor are we affiliated with any Buddhist Center although a few of us attend meetings/meditation at Against the Stream in Santa Monica or attend other meditation groups.
We welcome people in all 12 Step programs. this is a small meeting, usually between 6-12 people.
Format is based on a combination of Kevin Griffins' suggestions for format and uses Noah Levine's 4 Noble Truths of Recovery.
Each month we cover one of the 12 Steps for the whole month. Every other week in that month is a concept or principle topic relating to Buddhism/meditation. Meetings start out with a 20 minute meditation. Choice of meditation is up to leader. Sometimes it is a silent meditation, or guided meditation if there is the need. There is a 5-7 minute break where we observe the silence but share in tea and sometimes snacks. After the break, the volunteer leader of the evening reads or we listen to a C.D recording of a dharma talk. Readings are usually from 12step recovery/Buddhism books and chosen by the leader of the evening. After reading there is a discussion. We end the meeting with a Lovingkindness Prayer and the Higher Power version of the Serenity Prayer.


Contact: For more information: Email- venturarecoverysangha at gmail dot com


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California, Redwood City


Buddhism and 12 Step Support Group


Day/time: 2nd Sunday of every month  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Insight Meditation Center (IMC)

108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062   Map


Other info:

Group discussion and study exploring the Twelve Step program and Buddhist practice through Kevin Griffin’s book, A Burning Desire: Dharma, God and the Path of Recovery.
Includes 30 minutes meditation, reading, and open discussion. Everyone welcome.
Facilitated by Jennifer Lemas, a longtime practitioner at IMC


Contact: Email- jennlemas at comcast dot net
Website(s)- www.insightmeditationcenter.org/


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California, Richmond


AA meditation meeting


Day/time: Thursdays  —  6:45am


El Cerrito Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous

12260 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, CA 94805   Map
(block and a half north of MacDonald Ave.)


Other info:

This meditation meeting involves readings about meditation, recovery, and addiction from various sources. 


Contact: Bill Barstad Phone- (510) 345-8845    Email- bill_barstad at yahoo dot com


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California, Sacramento


Buddhist 12 Step Sangha


Day/time: Mondays  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


Sacramento Dharma Center

3111 Wissemann Dr., Sacramento, CA 95826   Map


Other info:

Sacramento Insight Mediation is offering a Buddhist 12 Step Recovery Sangha that uses the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight Fold Path as a guide to recovery. Our meeting is open to any level of Practice as well as being open to any addiction/craving/behavior. We offer a 20 minute silent or guided meditation, reading from Buddhist 12 Step Recovery book, sharing period with a closing Dedication of Merit.


Contact: Website(s)- sactoinsight.org


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California, Sacramento


Mindful Recovery


Day/time: Sundays  —  9:00am - 10:30am


Lion's Roar Dharma Center

3240 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816   Map
(Enter through the parking lot side door)


Other info:

Mindful Recovery and Healing is unique in several ways from the traditional 12 step recovery format that many people have encountered. This meeting incorporates the healing aspect of Medicine Buddha practice through prayers, visualization, mantra recitation and meditation.

Learn more by visiting the Mindful Recovery Programs and Activity page.


Contact: Brian M. Phone- (916) 225-7251    Website(s)- lionsroardharmacenter.org


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California, Sacramento


Mindful Recovery


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  10:00am - 11:30am


Lion's Roar Dharma Center

3240 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816   Map
(Please enter through front Doors)


Other info:

Mindful Recovery and Healing is unique in several ways from the traditional 12 step recovery format that many people have encountered. This meeting incorporates the healing aspect of Medicine Buddha practice through prayers, visualization, mantra recitation and meditation.

Learn more by visiting the Mindful Recovery Programs and Activity page.


Contact: Brian M. Phone- (916) 225-7251    Website(s)- lionsroardharmacenter.org


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California, San Diego


12 Step Zen group


Day/time: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month  —  7:00pm


Darma Bum Temple

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103   Map


Other info:

Founded January 2012, this group is hosted by Peter Kuhn, an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Tradition.

The group explores how mindfulness practice, meditation and the Buddhadharma can light a path to freedom from afflictions, deepen our understanding and application of the 12 steps and help us realize the awakened way in all areas of our daily life. This is an open meeting for for all wanting freedom and healing, you need not be in 12 step recovery or Buddhist to join us. Format includes sitting, dharma talk, and sharing. Guest speakers from other traditions are joyfully scheduled. Freely offered, no charge to attend.


Contact: Peter Kuhn Phone- (619) 890-1832    Email- peterkuhnxx at gmail dot com


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California, San Diego


Buddhist Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Every Sunday  —  10:00am - 11:30am


Dharma Bum Temple

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103   Map


Other info:

Take a journey of growth, healing and self-discovery: Through the 12 Steps as interpreted in Buddhism.
The Buddhist Recovery Group is open to all people who suffer from any addiction or compulsive behavior and are looking for a comprehensive, transformative path to end their suffering. People who are dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, gambling, and other compulsive or harmful behaviors are all members of this group.
This group will serve the needs of two distinct groups: (1) those people wishing to participate in a year-long step study, and (2) those people wishing to join in periodically throughout the year.
We will teach the traditional 12 Steps as outlined in "Alcoholics Anonymous" and with each step we will draw on Buddhism to highlight the similarities in each tradition to enhance the spiritual experience of the participant.
Suggested readings: Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment by Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin, as well as The Big Book and The 12 & 12.


Contact: Phone- (858) 922-8811    Email- thedharmabumtemple at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.thedharmabums.org


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California, San Diego


Buddhist Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Every Tuesday  —  7:00pm - 8:00 pm


Dharma Bum Temple

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103   Map


Other info:

Take a journey of growth, healing and self-discovery: Through the 12 Steps as interpreted in Buddhism.
The Buddhist Recovery Group is open to all people who suffer from any addiction or compulsive behavior and are looking for a comprehensive, transformative path to end their suffering. People who are dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, gambling, and other compulsive or harmful behaviors are all members of this group.
This group will serve the needs of two distinct groups: (1) those people wishing to participate in a year-long step study, and (2) those people wishing to join in periodically throughout the year.
We will teach the traditional 12 Steps as outlined in "Alcoholics Anonymous" and with each step we will draw on Buddhism to highlight the similarities in each tradition to enhance the spiritual experience of the participant.
Suggested readings: Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment by Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin, as well as The Big Book and The 12 & 12.


Contact: Phone- (858) 922-8811    Email- thedharmabumtemple at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.thedharmabums.org


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California, San Diego


Book Study


Day/time: Thursdays  —  7:00pm - 8:00pm


Dharma Bum Temple

4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103   Map


Other info:

Book study of Kevin Griffin's Buddhism & The Twelve Steps Workbook.

The group reads together, responding to the text, choosing to do some of the exercises as they arise.

One can commit to attending all meetings, to follow the entirety along with the group, or drop in to isolated sessions occasionally.


Contact: Phone- (858) 922-8811    Email- thedharmabumtemple at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.thedharmabums.org


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California, San Francisco


Sitting & Discussion Group for People in Recovery


Day/time: Mondays  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm


San Francisco Zen Center

300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   Map


Other info:

This is a drop-in group, started in 2000, for those interested in exploring the connection between Buddhist teaching and practice and recovery work. Although we are based on a 12 Step model, everyone is welcome, including friends and family members of people in recovery. The evening includes a short meditation instruction, 20 minutes of silent mediation, a talk and an open discussion. The group is led by Buddhist practitioners in recovery. By donation.
Check the SFZC website for retreats and other offerings for people in recovery.


Contact: Phone- (415) 863-3136    Email- ccoffice at sfzc dot org
Website(s)- www.sfzc.org


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California, San Francisco


Buddhist Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Fridays  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Hartford Street Zen Center

57 Hartford St, Castro district, San Francisco, CA 94114   Map


Other info:

The format is the same as our Monday meeting at the Zen Center but the group is smaller than the one at Zen Center, more intimate with between 20 and 30 people each week.
All recovery backgrounds are welcomed.


Contact: Email- timothywicks at comcast dot net


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California, San Francisco


Women's Meditation & Recovery Sangha


Day/time: Every first Thursday of the month  —  7:15pm - 8:45pm


Hartford Street Zen Center

57 Hartford St, Castro district, San Francisco, CA 94114   Map


Other info:

Co-leaders: Laura B (25+ year recovery, Lay Entrusted by Linda Ruth Cutts) and Cynthia K (25+ years recovery, Dharma Transmitted by Darlene Cohen)
Format: Meditation, dharma/recovery talk/discussion/meditation
All recovery lineages welcome
Established April, 2010


Contact: Email- cynthia dot kear at gmail dot com


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California, San Francisco


Sangha in Recovery, 2011-2012


San Francisco Zen Center

300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   Map


Other info:

The San Francisco Zen Center is offering, in three trimesters, a yearlong experience of Sangha for people in recovery.

Those who join this group will commit to the practice of meditation three times a week (either at home or in a formal setting), attending a class on basic Buddhist concepts, meeting together and individually with the organizing teachers. Other opportunities will be offered throughout the year as electives.

This program is open to anyone in recovery from substance abuse or behavioral disorder. We ask that you be already involved in a recovery program and that you have a minimum of a year of continuous sobriety. Sangha in Recovery is not meant to replace, but to augment, our efforts elsewhere.

The year will be divided into three trimesters and the events scheduled to accommodate working people. The fees listed cover the class, the group meetings and meetings with teachers for the first trimester. The elective events are offered at a reduced rate for those enrolled in Sangha in Recovery.

For more information go to the SFZC website.


Contact: Outreach Coordinator, Jeffrey Schneider Phone- (415) 354-0379    Website(s)- www.sfzc.org


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California, San Jose


Meditation and discussion


Day/time: Thursdays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


The Friends Meeting House

1041 Morse St, San Jose, CA 95126   Map


Other info:

Hosted by San Jose Dharma Punx, with Jason Murphy.
All are welcome.
No Charge - by Donation Only.


Contact: Email- jasmurph40 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- Yahoo Group


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California, Santa Cruz


Conscious Contact Meditation Meeting. Open AA Meeting


Day/time: Sundays  —  5:00pm - 6:00pm


Pacific Cultural Center

1307 Seabright Ave, Soquel, Santa Cruz, CA 95062   Map


Other info:

Meeting is divided into three segments:

  • reading (from either Big Book, 12 x 12, or Spiritual Awakenings [Grapevine excerpts]);
  • discussion;
  • 20-minute meditation.

Meeting has been held since 2006, regular attendance approx. 20-25 persons.


Contact: Tom W: Phone- (831) 295-2127    Email- tlwatson812 at gmail dot com


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California, Santa Cruz


Sought Through Meditation - Open AA meeting


Day/time: Monday - Saturday daily  —  11:00am - 12 noon


Calvary Episcopal Church

532 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060   Map
"Fireside Room"


Other info:

Sought Through Meditation is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, dedicated to the practice of meditation in an AA meeting setting. It offers an opportunity to share the experience, strength and hope of the 11th Step. All are welcome who are interested in improving their conscious contact with the God of their understanding.
Format: 30 minute silent meditation followed by general discussion/sharing.
The meeting began 3/2/09. Usual attendance: 8-10 people.


Contact: Tom Watson: Phone- (831) 426-2268    Email- tlwatson812 at gmail dot com


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California, Santa Cruz


Ordinary Recovery


Day/time: Fridays  —  6:45pm - 7:45pm


Santa Cruz Zen Center

113 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060   Map


Other info:

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Zen Center, the group began November 6, 2009, and meets in the Zendo.
This is a group for people working with recovery and the addictive mind. Sessions consist of 20 minutes of meditation, a reading and short talk, followed by open discussion.
The group is open to all addictions and those interested in integrating all modes of addiction recovery practice, including 12-step work, with Zen Buddhism.


Contact: JP: Phone- (831) 457-0206    Email- jplavalamp at yahoo dot com


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California, Santa Cruz


Rebel Dharma


Day/time: Sunday  —  6:00pm - 7:30pm


Insight Santa Cruz

1010 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060   Map


Other info:

This meeting is open to all forms of recovery. There is no requirement for attendance and we welcome all those who are seeking freedom from addiction. We will explore how Dharma practice can deepen this process.


Contact: Email- jasmurph40 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.insightsantacruz.org


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California, Santa Monica


Buddhist Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Thursdays  —  7:30pm


Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401   Map


Other info:

The meeting will focus on Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices that can be helpful to people recovering from all addictions. There will be an emphasis on meditation practice and waking up to the habitual patterns that drive us and our unskillful behaviors. These are not 12-Step meetings, but we will see how the steps can be understood from a Buddhist perspective.
Each week the meeting will focus on a different topic:

  • Four Truths of Recovery
  • Fifth Precept
  • Buddhist Perspective on the 12 Steps
  • Speaker

These meetings are appropriate for anyone in recovery, or interested in recovery. No meditation experience is necessary.


Contact: Phone- (323) 665-4300    Website(s)- www.againstthestream.org


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California, Studio City


The Heart of Recovery Meditation Group (Buddhism and the 12 steps)


Day/time: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month  —  8:15pm - 9:30pm


Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City

12355 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604   Map


Other info:

All 12-step and recovery meditation groups welcomed.

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and sharing support group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of Recovery with the goal of integrating the basic sanity of the Dharma and the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence. We welcome all those who wish to share in these common interests.  The best way to stay in touch and keep up with upcoming gatherings is to sign to our meetup group where you will be able to add upcoming meeting dates and times to your calendar and receive the latest announcements.


Contact: Website(s)- meetup.com/The-Heart-of-Recovery-in-Los-Angeles


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California, Ventura


Mindfulness Recovery


Day/time: Saturdays  —  6:30pm


Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (CA)

5654 Ralston Street, Ventura, CA 93003   Map


Contact: For more information, please email David Email- mindful dot sobriety at mindspring dot com


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California, Woodacre


Dharma & Recovery


Day/time: 2nd Friday of each month  —  7:30pm - 9:30pm


Spirit Rock Meditation Center

5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, CA 94973   Map
(Community Meditation Hall)


Other info:

With Kevin Griffin or others.
This group explores the intersection of recovery with Buddhist Teachings and practices. We welcome all people who identify with any of the full range of addictions, from substances, to behaviors, to habitual thought and emotional patterns.
This is not a 12 Step group, but we look to ways that members of that community can support each other on the path of recovery. Each gathering begins with a period of guided meditation and new meditators are welcome. There is time for discussion about meditation practice and each month a recovery/dharma theme will be discussed.
To support the event and meet like-minded people, we encourage you to arrive early and/or stay after to help us with a few simple tasks. The first four people to sign up to volunteer will have their event registration fee waived!
Cost: $8-$10 sliding scale class fee, plus a donation to the teacher.
Pre-registration not required, just come!


Contact: For more information or to sign up, please contact us at: Phone- (415) 488-0164 X224    Email- volunteering at spiritrock dot org
Website(s)- www.spiritrock.org/


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Colorado, Denver


12-Fold Path Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  6:30pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver

2305 S. Syracuse Way, Denver, CO 80231-3784   Map
Suite 214


Other info:

This welcoming meeting is open to anyone who is interested in relating 12-step work to the Buddhist path. We begin at 6:30 with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a meeting lasting approximately one hour. This group is not intended to replace a 12-step program, and all people in recovery from any addiction are welcome.
For all meetings, attendees volunteer to select material from 12 Step and Buddhist literature for discussion. A copy of the topic is given to each attendee for further study.
A volunteer donation is requested.
On the second Saturday of the month we offer a half day study session where various meditation practices and Buddhist philosophy are taught and discussed. Time is 9-12. Same location. There are no prerequisites. Donation is requested.
All announcements, cancellations etc are listed on the Denver Shambhala Center web page (see below.)


Contact: For information feel free to call: Phone- Martha: (303) 671-00611 - Dave: (303) 918-8841    Email- denver dot shambhala dot info at gmail dot com
Website(s)- denver.shambhala.org/


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Colorado, Denver


12-Fold Path Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Mondays  —  6:30pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver

2305 S. Syracuse Way, Denver, CO 80231-3784   Map
Suite 214


Other info:

This welcoming meeting is open to anyone who is interested in relating 12-step work to the Buddhist path. We begin at 6:30 with 30 minutes of meditation followed by a meeting lasting approximately one hour. This group is not intended to replace a 12-step program, and all people in recovery from any addiction are welcome.
For all meetings, attendees volunteer to select material from 12 Step and Buddhist literature for discussion. A copy of the topic is given to each attendee for further study.
A volunteer donation is requested.
On the second Saturday of the month we offer a half day study session where various meditation practices and Buddhist philosophy are taught and discussed. Time is 9-12. Same location. There are no prerequisites. Donation is requested.
All announcements, cancellations etc are listed on the Denver Shambhala Center web page (see below.)


Contact: For information feel free to call: Phone- MARTHA: (303) 671-00611 - DAVE: (303) 918-8841    Email- denver dot shambhala dot info at gmail dot com
Website(s)- denver.shambhala.org/


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Colorado, Fort Collins


Heart of Recovery


Day/time: Sundays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center

126 A West Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524   Map
(down the alley next to Enzio's then left)


Other info:

The first meeting will be on March 25th 2012 :-- April 15th is cancelled

Heart of Recovery is a weekly meeting that joins Buddhist meditation, and 12-step work in order to connect to and engage in a commitment to recovery from addiction, addictive behaviors and patterns in our lives. We provide basic meditation instruction, group meditation, and work with a twelve-step, Buddhist/spiritual understanding of recovery. Everyone is invited to participate regardless of any affiliation or non-affiliation with any religious view or 12- step program.

This gathering is not associated with any 12-step program, and is not intended to replace a 12-step program. We strongly suggest that, if you believe that you have a problem with alcohol or any other addiction, you attend 12-Step meetings, and use this meeting as a supplement to deepen your recovery and enhance your spiritual connection.

Our format begins with introductions; a brief instruction on meditation, followed by a 20-minute sitting. The group leader will then share a brief reading. The floor will be open for sharing and discussion for around 45 minutes. We will end with a brief period of meditation and a closing dedication.

We recognize that the anonymity and confidentiality, of who is present here and what is said here, are essential principals to respect.
We ask that you make every effort to be on time or a bit early, so as not to interrupt the meditation session. Thank you!

Recovery - “Sobriety is finding a new way of living that involves engagement where there was withdrawal; generosity where there was self-centeredness; community where there was isolation; joy where there was bitterness; trust where there was cynicism.
Kevin Griffin, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps


Contact: For more information email the group's coordinator at Email- heartofrecovery at gmail dot com
Website(s)- fortcollins.shambhala.org - fcheartofrecovery.com


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Colorado, Steamboat Springs


Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group


Day/time: Thursday  —  5:30pm - 6:30pm


The Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs

2250 Copper Frontage RD #201, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477   Map


Other info:

This welcoming meeting explores recovery through meditation (15- 20 min), book study and open discussion.
Open to all faiths and addictions.
Currently studying, ‘The 12 Step Buddhist’, by Darren Littlejohn.
This is not an AA/NA meeting and is not intended to replace a 12 step program.
Free (donations are appreciated).
Note that we are not affiliated to The Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs.
We feel that it's important to extend our recovery support and fellowship beyond just the four walls of the Buddhist Ctr, we are working to start promoting some outdoor activities such as; hiking, skiing, mtn biking and other various activities.


Contact: Todd Phone- (720) 670-8642    Email- lvtoclimb at comcast dot net


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Connecticut, Middletown


12 Step Buddhist Recovery Group


Day/time: Mondays  —  7:00pm


Church of the Holy Trinity

381 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457   Map


Other info:

As a 12-Step Buddhist Group, we practice a complementary approach to recovery that blends Buddhist principles with the traditional Twelve Step method. We are not a replacement for traditional 12-Step Groups, but a supplement to them.

We are open to any who wish support in dealing with cravings and attachments. Membership in another 12 step program is not a requirement, nor is being a Buddhist or identifying any specific addiction.

Our meeting format includes reading of a slightly modified version of the 12 Steps, a reading of the 8 Fold Path, periods of meditation and a discussion based on a dharma reading selected by the chairperson of the meeting. We are sponsored by the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut.


Contact: Email- buddha12step at hotmail dot com
Website(s)- Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut


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Florida, Tampa


Meditation in Recovery


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


Florida Community of Mindfulness

6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604   Map


Other info:

This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other 12 Step programs. Also, we hope this meeting will be helpful for those who are looking to espouse a non-theistic concept of a “Higher Power.” Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. The meeting will be led by teachers with extensive experience in both meditation and recovery.

The format of the meeting a few introductory remarks, followed by 20-30 minutes of meditation, some of it guided. Then there will be a dharma talk followed by a question and answer session.


Contact: Eleanor Website(s)- floridamindfulness.org


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Florida, Titusville


12 Step Buddhist Gathering


Day/time: Mondays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Shanti Johnson's Home

20 N Hilltop Dr., Titusville, FL 32796   Map


Other info:

Join us if you are part of any Twelve Step Group. We will be gathering in the Buddhist Tradition and doing this from the book One Breath at a Time, based on the Twelve Steps through the Buddhist tradition.
Great for anyone looking outside the traditional Twelve Step groups. We will give support, structure and our experience, strength and hope with the focus on Buddhism.


Contact: Shanti Johnson Phone- (321) 505-8139    Email- shantifla at yahoo dot com


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Georgia, Atlanta


One Breath at a Time


Day/time: Thursday  —  7:30pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta

1447 Church Street, Decatur, Atlanta, GA 30030   Map


Other info:

We usually meet in the main shrine room, but sometimes there will be a sign telling you to go to some other location in the center. We start off with 10 minutes of sitting meditation, then read from the book “One Breath at a Time” written by a Buddhist meditation instructor who is in recovery. After that it’s just like a regular open discussion meeting.


Contact: For more information call Tom: Phone- (404) 237-6968    Website(s)- Buddhist Friends Of Bill W.


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Georgia, Atlanta


One Breath at a Time


Day/time: Monday  —  8:00pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta

1447 Church Street, Decatur, Atlanta, GA 30030   Map


Other info:

We usually meet in the main shrine room, but sometimes there will be a sign telling you to go to some other location in the center. We start off with 10 minutes of sitting meditation, then read from the book “One Breath at a Time” written by a Buddhist meditation instructor who is in recovery. After that it’s just like a regular open discussion meeting.


Contact: For more information call Tom: Phone- (404) 237-6968    Website(s)- Buddhist Friends Of Bill W.


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Georgia, Atlanta


One Breath at a Time


Day/time: Wednesday  —  12 noon


Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta

1447 Church Street, Decatur, Atlanta, GA 30030   Map


Other info:

We usually meet in the main shrine room, but sometimes there will be a sign telling you to go to some other location in the center. We start off with 10 minutes of sitting meditation, then read from the book “One Breath at a Time” written by a Buddhist meditation instructor who is in recovery. After that it’s just like a regular open discussion meeting.


Contact: For more information call Tom: Phone- (404) 237-6968    Website(s)- Buddhist Friends Of Bill W.


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Hawaii, Honolulu


Buddhism and the 12 Step Model of Recovery


Day/time: Mondays  —  7:00pm - 8:15pm


Church of the Crossroads

1212 University Ave., Honolulu, HI 96826   Map
1.5 blocks up from S King St. ewa side


Other info:

Meetings start with a 20-minute meditation.

We welcome anyone who has an interest in 12 step recovery process and Buddhist principals and concepts. This meeting is particularly of value to people in recovery who wish to “go further” in their recovery and in their life.

We are a book study and sharing meeting. Book study selections have been made by group conscience and may include but not be limited to material by:

  • Zen Center of San Francisco
  • Kevin Griffin
  • Ajahn Chah
  • Anthony DeMello
  • Tara Brach

And other literature selected by group conscience.


Contact: Phone- RICHARD R. (520) 241-8497 - ARNE P. (808) 781-1414    


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Hawaii, Keaau


Dog Barking, Tree Frog Singing Meditation Group


Day/time: 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month  —  4:30pm - 5:45pm


Changes. Email first.

HC2 Box 6895, Keaau, HI 96749   Map
(mailing address)


Other info:

We have been sitting since November of 2008.
The meeting is led by Tom who has been clean in NA since Oct. 20th, 1971
Format: we sit for 20 minutes, then do a short reading, usually out of Kevin Griffins book, One Breath at a Time, sometimes other Buddhist readings.
We are then open for sharing.
Location is 15-1883 Mikana Ave, or 21st in Hawaiian Paradise Park, this is on the east side of the Big Island.


Contact: Email- namastetom at hawaii dot rr dot com


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Illinois, Chicago


Heart of Recovery


Day/time: Sunday  —  10:30am - 12:00pm


Chicago Shambhala (Main Center - West Loop)

37 N Carpenter St., West Loop, Chicago, IL 60607   Map


Other info:

Weekly meditation and support group which explores the relationship between Buddhist meditation practice, 12 Step programs and recovery.
Meetings consist of:

  • Brief meditation instruction (more detailed instruction can be arranged as well)
  • Meditation practice
  • Sharing by the night’s facilitator (We alternate every week between a short talk on Buddhism and its relationship to our recovery and a personal share)
  • Group sharing our personal experience, strength and hope.

Contact: Phone- (773) 743-8147    Email- heartofrecovery at chicagoshambhala dot org
Website(s)- chicago.shambhala.org/community/diversity/heart-of-recovery/


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Illinois, Chicago


Friday night Recovery Sangha


Day/time: Friday  —  6:30pm


918 N. Damen Ave

918 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622   Map
(Storefront)


Other info:

The meetings are peer facilitated; the format is open, with a focus on Buddhist psychology and perspectives as they relate to recovery from all addictions.
There will be a 25-30 minute silent meditation or sometimes a short guided meditation followed by silent meditation, equalling about 30 minutes. Then there will be a break for tea and refreshments for about 10 minutes; reconvene for a dharma talk or reading followed by discussion.
Following the Buddhist tradition of dana, there is no charge. Donations are welcome and will be used to offset the running costs and purchase meditation equipment, etc.
Note: please arrive on time because once the meditation begins the door will be locked.


Contact: Aaron Phone- 773-235-9927    Email- iamswerdlove at sbcglobal dot net


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Indiana, Evansville


11th Step Meditation Group


Day/time: Thursdays  —  7:00pm


The Bead Angel

3033 West Maryland Street, Evansville, IN 47720   Map


Other info:

We started on February 2, 2012 and have been growing, with a steady core of 10-12 people weekly.
A few of us are Buddhist, but we welcome people of any faith and have several other faiths represented in our readings. We also welcome people from any 12 step group looking to learn or share about meditation as it pertains to recovery through the 12 steps.
The meeting format consists of readings from 12 step literature and other meditation literature, 2-5 minute sits, a discussion of the readings, and closes with a 10-15minute sit.


Contact: Email- kylekellogg at hotmail dot com


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Kansas, Lawrence


Friends of Buddha (12 step recovery group)


Day/time: Thursdays  —  6:30pm - 7:30pm


Oread Friends Meeting House

12th and Oregon St., Lawrence, KS 66044   Map


Other info:

The meeting starts with 20-25 minutes of meditation, then we read from a 12 step recovery book (currently Kevin Griffin’s Burning Desire). This is followed by a discussion.
This coming year we plan to have some speakers and possibly a retreat.
Also we are in the process of setting up a Facebook page.


Contact: Phone- (785) 979-2751    Email- wbabbit at yahoo dot com


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Kentucky, Louisville


Louisville Recovery Sangha


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  8:00pm


Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion

411 N Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207   Map


Other info:

The Louisville Recovery Sangha holds as its primary focus to providing a peer-led, Buddhist-based recovery program for people suffering from any type of addiction. The basis of the program of recovery is in the Buddhist teachings and principles including the Four Noble Truths. Each recovery meeting will include meditation, readings and discussion with a focus on the relationship between Buddhist teachings and recovery.
We are not affiliated with any outside organization or institution. We practice anonymity. There are no dues or fees, we meet expenses by voluntary contributions. Please attend a meeting and help yourself and others on the recovery path.


Contact: Email- louisvillerecoverysangha at gmail dot com


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Kentucky, Louisville


Louisville Recovery Sangha


Day/time: Sundays  —  6:00pm


Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church

2231 Payne St., Louisville, KY 40206   Map


Other info:

The Louisville Recovery Sangha holds as its primary focus to providing a peer-led, Buddhist-based recovery program for people suffering from any type of addiction. The basis of the program of recovery is in the Buddhist teachings and principles including the Four Noble Truths. Each recovery meeting will include meditation, readings and discussion with a focus on the relationship between Buddhist teachings and recovery.
We are not affiliated with any outside organization or institution. We practice anonymity. There are no dues or fees, we meet expenses by voluntary contributions. Please attend a meeting and help yourself and others on the recovery path.


Contact: Email- louisvillerecoverysangha at gmail dot com


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Kentucky, Louisville


Louisville Recovery Sangha


Day/time: Friday  —  5:30pm


Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion

411 N Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207   Map


Other info:

The Louisville Recovery Sangha holds as its primary focus to providing a peer-led, Buddhist-based recovery program for people suffering from any type of addiction. The basis of the program of recovery is in the Buddhist teachings and principles including the Four Noble Truths. Each recovery meeting will include meditation, readings and discussion with a focus on the relationship between Buddhist teachings and recovery.
We are not affiliated with any outside organization or institution. We practice anonymity. There are no dues or fees, we meet expenses by voluntary contributions. Please attend a meeting and help yourself and others on the recovery path.


Contact: Email- louisvillerecoverysangha at gmail dot com


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Maryland, Baltimore


Baltimore Dharma Bums


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Baltimore Yoga Village

6080 Falls Rd #2, Mount Washington, Baltimore, MD 21209   Map


Other info:

For right now until we grow a bit more we will be meeting on from 7pm to 8:30pm for meditation, with fellowship afterwards. This is a group of 6 or so that as facilitator I rely on input as we move forward.
The plan is to make the group independent of the meditation group in a month or so.
The format of the meditation group is standard Vipassana meditation.
Afterwards those of us that will be the Dharma Bums group go to a restaurant for coffee, tea, and food.


Contact: Bradley Email- chefbrw at gmail dot com


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Massachusetts, Boston


The Heart of Recovery


Day/time: Mondays  —  7:30pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston

646 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02445   Map
(one block off Route 9 and the Riverway)


Other info:

The Heart of Recovery: A weekly meditation and sharing support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the Twelve Steps.

The group will meet weekly in the main shrine room to: welcome each other; practice Shamatha Viphasyana (peace of mind, awareness of mind) meditation; share our personal experience, strength and hope. We will use the principles of Council (a talking stick) practice and The Twelve Step traditions (no cross talk & anonymity) to: integrate the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to abstinence. Open to all Buddhist practitioners from all traditions and Twelve Step practitioners from all programs.


Contact: Leader: John R.: Phone- (617) 699-8130    Email- recovery at shambhalaboston dot org
Website(s)- www.shambhalaboston.org


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Massachusetts, Brewster


12 step Buddhist meeting


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Drydock Clubhouse

1439 main Street Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631   Map


Other info:

Format of the meeting:
- Welcome
- 20 minute meditation
- Read from “One Breath At A Time”
- Discussion
- Declaration of Merit
- Serenity Prayer
- Close


Contact: Phone- (508) 922-2917    Email- redc52 at me dot com


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Massachusetts, Hyannis


Mindful Recovery 12 Step Group


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  7:00pm – 8:30pm


The Foster Building

76 W. Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601   Map
Suite 302 (Please note that there is no elevator.)


Other info:

This weekly meditation & 12 step group integrates the wisdom of Buddhism and the 12 Steps to help us end the suffering of our addictions (alcohol, other drugs, food, gambling). You don’t have to be a Buddhist or experienced with meditation to participate.

The format is:

  • Introductions.
  • Reading from Buddhist (Vipassana, Zen, Tibetan), nonsectarian mindfulness, or 12 Step literature.
  • Sitting meditation for 20 minutes.
  • Open or topical discussion.
  • 10 minute period of sitting meditation.
  • Closing.

Please note: meeting starts May 16, 2017

 


Contact: Carol Bolstad Phone- (617) 650-6497    Email- clearmindcapecod at gmail dot com


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Massachusetts, Pittsfield


Buddhism and the 12 Steps


Day/time: Fridays  —  5:30pm - 6:30pm


George B. Crane Memorial Center

81 Linden St., Pittsfield, MA 01201   Map


Other info:

Our weekly Buddhism and the 12 Steps Recovery Meeting is open to people of all recovery paths, including but not limited to, all 12 Step programs. We incorporate Buddhist teachings and practices as tools for recovery from any addiction. A daily practice of mindfulness and meditation is encouraged.
Our meetings begin with meditation, followed by reading and discussion and concludes with a Buddhist prayer or blessing.

Our meeting was established under The Pittsfield Sangha, founded by Pema Tara. The Pittsfield Sangha is currently led by Mr. Bruce McCarter.

Our meeting operates within the AA tradition. A basket is passed to collect funds to pay for the rent of the space.


Contact: Katherine G. Phone- (413) 464-4905    Email- pauseinpittsfield at yahoo dot com


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Massachusetts, Vineyard Haven


Meditation Recovery


Day/time: Monday Evenings  —  6:00pm - 7:00pm


Vineyard Haven Public Library

200 Main St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568   Map


Other info:

“Meditation Recovery” is a meditation group for anyone recovering from any addiction. Our focus is the ways in which Buddhist philosophy and the twelve steps of recovery intersect and enhance each other, and how meditation can deepen and enrich the spiritual path of recovery, though you don’t have to be a Buddhist to attend. We just work with our minds, and see what’s what.
Our format is meditation, a reading or presentation, and discussion. First there is a brief welcome/introduction, followed by a 15-minute meditation period. This is followed by a short reading a selected text, then discussion. We finish with another ten minutes of meditation, and close with the serenity prayer, and a bow.
This group is not affiliated with any major 12-step program, but many of our members are. Donations are accepted, but none is expected. This is an open meeting; all are welcome.


Contact: Email- sit dot stay dot heal dot bow dot wow at gmail dot com


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Michigan, Grand Rapids


Zen Buddhist Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Monday Evenings  —  6:30pm - 6:55pm: Meditation
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Recovery Meeting


Grand Rapids Zen Buddhist Center

156 Fulton, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503   Map


Other info:

We have carefully and mindfully rewritten Bill and Dr. Bob’s “How it Works” and the 12 Steps in language that (hopefully) preserves the integrity of the original intent while adjusting the language to a Buddhist perspective. We are also writing Meditations for each week, and will...a year from now...have 365 of them.
Our group consists of 12 members, 6-8 who come regularly, and we have had several guests from other states.


Contact: (Centre phone number) Phone- (616) 822-2465    Email- info at grzen dot org
Website(s)- www.grzen.org


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Michigan, Kalamazoo


Buddhist 12 Step Recovery


Day/time: Thursdays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Sanctuary Yoga

1919 Stearns Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008   Map


Other info:

We welcome anyone seeking relief and recovery from the suffering caused by substance-related and behavioral addictions.

We seek to apply Buddhist principles to our recovery and in our lives in order that we may learn to recognize our attachments, practice letting go, and uncover our basic Buddha nature.

Join us in practicing meditation, discussing Buddhist teachings, and learning skills and tools for your recovery.

Meeting activities:

  • Greeting and Introduction
  • Meditation Practice
  • Recovery/Buddhist Reading
  • Discussion and Sharing

Beginners and those more experienced in meditation are welcome.  If you are new to meditation, instruction is available.

Donations accepted.

You are welcome to contact us!


Contact: Blaire or Travis Email- blablah789 at gmail dot com - spartantrav at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.sanctuary-yoga.com


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Michigan, West Bloomfield


Step 11 Meditation and Mindfulness


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Henry Ford Maplegrove Center

6773 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322   Map
Conference Room D


Other info:

These meetings are for anyone with a desire to stop driking or stay sober, and you will have an opportunity to improve your conscious contact with your higher power through the use of vipassana techniques.
We open with a few readings followed by a 20 minute guided group meditation. After meditation we have a period of sharing and, if you have time, you can stay for more fellowship along with tea and treats.
Please visit our website for more information and resources.


Contact: Email- steves at step11mm dot org
Website(s)- www.step11mm.org


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Minnesota, Duluth


Buddhism and Recovery


Day/time: Every Monday  —  7:00pm - 8:00pm


Inner Bliss

1434 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55805   Map


Other info:

We use the books Buddhism & The Twelve Steps Workbook and Eight Step Recovery as guiding texts. The topic may be taken from, or a reading of, either text.

"The purpose of this group is to support those who want to integrate Buddhist teachings and practices into their recovery from any addiction. We are open to people of all backgrounds and recovery paths, including but not limited to all of the 12-Step programs.  We encourage the use of mindfulness and meditation and are grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion, and interdependence."
               —  Adapted from Buddhism & The Twelve Steps Workbook


Contact: Email- buddhismandrecoveryduluthmn at gmail dot com


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Minnesota, Minneapolis


Mindfulness in the 12 Steps


Day/time: Fridays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Common Ground Meditation Center

2700 26th Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55406   Map


Other info:

This ongoing program is for those seeking spiritual development by practicing the principles of the Twelve Steps and the Buddha’s teachings in everyday life. This program supplements recovery and is designed to reveal to us that consistent mindfulness practice is vital to spiritual progress. This ongoing practice group is open to all who have an interest in mindfulness and the Twelve Steps.


Contact: Phone- (612) 722-8260    Email- info at commongroundmeditation dot org
Website(s)- www.commongroundmeditation.org


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Minnesota, Minneapolis


Buddhism and the 12 Steps of Recovery


Day/time: Thursdays  —  7:00pm - 8:15pm


Minnesota Zen Meditation Center

3343 East Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55408   Map


Other info:

The group explores some of the basic teachings of Buddhism and their reflection in the twelve steps. Each session begins with a period of meditation followed by a brief presentation and discussion. Anyone who wants to support a 12-step program with a deepened understanding of meditation and Buddhism is welcome. Donations welcome. No pre-registration required.


Contact: Phone- (612) 822-5313    Email- info at mnzencenter dot org
Website(s)- sites.google.com/site/recoverymeeting/


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Minnesota, Minneapolis


Twin Cities Insight


Day/time: 3rd Wednesday of each month  —  6:30pm


Coffee Canteen

3255 Bryant Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408   Map
(Bryant Ave S and W 33rd St)


Other info:

The meetings are filled with kindness and compassion, and grounded with feeling for taking small and yet important steps for inner awareness.
The group is facilitated by Constance Casey, MDiv. She provides perspective for recovery and Buddhist practice.
Here is a link for folks to rsvp for the meetings and join the group: meetup.com/TwinCitiesInsight/

You can learn about Constance at constancecasey.com


Contact: Website(s)- www.meetup.com/TwinCitiesInsight - www.constancecasey.com


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Minnesota, St Paul


12 Steps and Buddhism


Day/time: Mondays  —  7:00pm - 8:15pm


Clouds in Water Zen Center

445 Farrington Street, St Paul, MN 55103   Map


Other info:

Open to all 12-step program participants. This open meeting explores some of the basic teachings of Buddhism and their reflection in the twelve steps. It is for those seeking spiritual development by practicing the principles of the Twelve Steps and the Buddha's teachings in everyday life. This program supplements recovery and is designed to reveal to us that consistent mindfulness and meditation practice is vital to spiritual progress. We begin each meeting with a period of meditation and follow with a brief presentation and/or discussion. This ongoing practice group is open to all who have an interest in mindfulness meditation and the Twelve Steps. Led by members of the group. Donations welcome.


Contact: Website(s)- cloudsinwater.org


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Missouri, Kansas City


Buddhism & 12-Step Recovery


Day/time: Sundays  —  12:30pm - 1:30pm


Temple Buddhist Center - Classroom A

707 W 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112   Map
Unity Temple on the Plaza


Other info:

We are a peer-led support group of individuals who are interested in integrating Buddhist practices into our recovery process.


Contact: Victor J. Dougherty Phone- (816) 994-8015    Email- victordougherty at unitytemple dot com
Website(s)- www.templebuddhistcenter.org/


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Missouri, Kansas City


Buddhism & 12-Step Recovery


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  6:15pm - 7:15pm


Temple Buddhist Center - Myrtle Fillmore Chapel

707 W 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112   Map
Unity Temple on the Plaza


Other info:

We are a peer-led support group of individuals who are interested in integrating Buddhist practices into our recovery process.


Contact: Victor J. Dougherty Phone- (816) 994-8015    Email- victordougherty at unitytemple dot com
Website(s)- www.templebuddhistcenter.org/


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Nebraska, Omaha


Dharma Chautauqua Recovery


Day/time: Thursdays  —  6:00pm - 7:30pm


First Unitarian Church

3114 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68131   Map
(enter through side door)


Other info:

This group reflects a free and open-minded exploration of ideas and practices found within Buddhism, mindfulness, psychological, spiritual, and recovery literature. There is no specific belief system here. Our intention is to help each other access wisdom tools and embark upon the journey we find for ourselves to be most beneficial. Dharma presentations from other wisdom traditions/psychological wellness strategies and/or recovery program philosophies are also acceptable here. This group practices keeping an open mind with an attitude of "If we find it to be true and helpful, use it."

The meeting is broken down into three segments: 1) Introduction, Meditation Reading, and Meditation, 2) Dharma Presentation (about 30 minutes), 3) Group Sharing.

Any group member can present and determine the content of the Dharma presentation (with some advance notice, i.e. at the next meeting). We will also be inviting people from the spiritual community to speak at the meeting about how their contemplative practice has improved their quality of life.

People are also invited to attend our Insight Meditation group immediately preceding the recovery meeting, from 5:00-5:50PM at the same location.

Buddhist Center/stablished teacher/supervision:
We are not officially under supervision by any established teacher, however some of our members (myself included) are involved with the Honeylocust Sangha (http://honeylocustsangha.weebly.com), and we operate with their knowledge and support.


Contact: Email- forrestknapp at yahoo dot com
Website(s)- dharmachautauqua.drycreekhost.net


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Nevada, Las Vegas


Vipassana Sitting Group


Day/time: Mondays  —  6:00pm - 7:00pm


Lohan School of Shaolin

3850 Schiff Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89103   Map


Other info:

Our group is a Buddhism & Twelve Step group called Desert Dharma.
We practice Vipassana Meditation followed by a dharma talk centering on some aspect of Buddhism relevant to recovery.


Contact: Greg Pergament Phone- (702) 525-6490    Email- wakanmonk at aol dot com


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New Hampshire, Laconia


Hour of Stillness


Day/time: Sundays  —  5:30pm - 6:30pm


Riverbank House

72 Church Street, Laconia, NH 03246   Map
(Nibbuti Yoga Studio)


Other info:

There are many different paths to peace.
Riverbank House is hosting a regular hour of Stillness for the recovery community at 5:30 pm on Sunday evenings at 72 Church Street in Laconia at the Nibbuti studio. We’ve already had a wonderful introduction to mindful meditation and a great discussion about how we each experienced it. Please join us.
No experience in meditation is necessary. Each week we will rotate a lead, so if you have a particular practice of inner Stillness that you would like to share, we’d love to learn from you. This is a cost-free, affiliation-free, brain-free, judgment free, shoe-free, drug-free hour of unity and peace and it will be enriched by your presence! So please join us!


Contact: Email- r at riverbankhouse dot net
Website(s)- riverbankhouse.net/


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New Jersey, Cherry Hill


  

Please note: People in the area have tried to attend this meeting and reported to us that there was no one at the venue at the time listed below. The Buddhist Recovery Network has attempted to correspond with the contact for this meeting and received no response. As a result, we suspect this group may have stopped meeting. If anyone has any information regarding this meeting; meeting status, new contact information, or other, please contact us at meetings at buddhistrecovery dot org. We will remove this listing from the website after 60 days if we have not received an update. Thank You.

 

Meditation and dharma study – group discussion meeting


Day/time: Every Friday  —  7:00pm – 8:30pm


The Unitarian Universalist Church

401 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034   Map
Hillside Building, Room H201


Other info:

In these weekly sessions, meditators of various levels of experience gather to meditate, read Buddhist texts related to recovery, and discuss their personal struggles with addiction and recovery. As a community, we deal with all forms of addiction including alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs, sex, tobacco and others as well as problems resulting from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
Meetings are anonymous and confidential. No prior meditation or Buddhist experience is necessary to attend. The group is open to anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of religious affiliation. Basic meditation instruction is provided at all meetings. We are respectful of all recovery paths.
No registration is necessary. Meetings are open to all. There are no fees but donations are welcome and are used to cover room rental fees, purchase texts, and other costs. All service is performed by volunteers and no one receives payment for their services.


Contact: Joe — Email- jp76461 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.workingwithaddictions.org


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New Jersey, Maplewood


Noble Steps


Day/time: Sundays  —  5:00pm - 6:30pm


Shakti Yoga and Living Arts

1861 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040   Map


Other info:

Welcome to the Noble Steps. The purpose of this group is to support those who want to integrate Buddhist teachings and practices into their recovery from any addiction. We are open to people of all backgrounds and recovery paths, including, but not limited to all 12 Step programs.
We encourage the use of mindfulness and meditation and are grounded in Buddhist principles including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, non-harming, compassion, and interdependence. While not affiliated with any 12-Step group, we do follow the 12-Step traditions of confidentiality and no cross talk between participants.
This Group is peer led.  We ask all who attend to respect and study Buddhist teachings, recovery techniques and be willing to share their experience, strength and hope with the group.
(The above description is partially excepted from Buddhism and the Twelve Steps Workbook, by Kevin Griffin)
Meeting format (90 minutes):

  • Opening introductions
  • 20-30 minute meditation
  • 10-15 minute group reading from a book on Buddhism and recovery.  The group rotates books throughout the year.
  • 20-30 minute discussion on the reading
  • Closing announcements/ritual

Contact: George Johns Email- noblesteps at me dot com
Website(s)- www.thenoblesteps.com


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New Jersey, Rockaway


The Noble Steps


Day/time: Friday  —  6:00pm - 7:15pm


CARES

25 West Main St., Rockaway, NJ 07866   Map
(Behind Quickchek)


Other info:

What is Noble Steps?

The purpose of this group is to support those who want to integrate Buddhist teachings and practices into their recovery from any addiction. We are open to people of all backgrounds and recovery paths, including, but not limited to all 12 Step programs.

We encourage the use of mindfulness and meditation and are grounded in Buddhist principles including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, non-harming, compassion, and interdependence. While not affiliated with any 12-Step group, we do follow the 12-Step traditions of confidentiality and no cross talk between participants.

This Group is peer led. We ask all who attend to respect and study Buddhist teachings, recovery techniques and be willing to share their experience, strength and hope with the group.

Partially excepted from Buddhism and the Twelve Steps Workbook, by Kevin Griffin.


Contact: Email- kenmuz at yahoo dot com
Website(s)- www.thenoblesteps.com


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New Mexico, Albuquerque


Albuquerque Buddhist recovery Sangha


Day/time: Sundays  —  9:30am - 10:30am


Congregation Nahalat Shalom

3606 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107   Map
(Sanctuary)


Other info:

The Albuquerque Buddhist Recovery Sangha has been meeting continuously since October of 2009.

We’re non-sectarian. The meeting consists of a reading related to Buddhism and recovery, mediation and open discussion. The meetings are facilitated by Dug Corpolongo, a certified Dharma teacher through the North American Shin Buddhist Association. Dug is also a student in the Chaplaincy Program at Upaya Zen Center Santa Fe NM.


Contact: Phone- (505) 681-2641    Email- info at recoverysangha dot com
Website(s)- recoverysangha.com


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New York, Albany


Heart of Recovery Weekly 12 step and recovery meeting


Day/time: Monday  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

747 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208   Map


Other info:

A weekly sharing support group bringing together meditation practice and the Twelve Steps. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addiction and recovery to our personal path as spiritual warriors, bodhisattvas, meditators.
Meeting format includes sitting practice, a topic offering in the form of brief comments or a reading by the night’s facilitator, discussion and exploration by group members, sharing our personal experience, strength and hope and dedication of merit.
$5 suggested donation.
Coordinator: Joe M.


Contact: Coordinator: Matt H. Phone- (518) 729-4055    Email- shambhala dot albany at gmail dot com
Website(s)- albany.shambhala.org/programs


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New York, Brooklyn


B-12 Buddhism and the 12 Steps of Recovery


Day/time: Second & Fourth Sunday of the month  —  6:00pm - 7:30 pm


Brooklyn Zen Center

505 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY 11215   Map
Suite 2A


Other info:

"B-12" is a Brooklyn 12-Step Sangha open to people from any recovery program who would like to explore the Buddhist path through the 12 Steps. We begin our evenings with brief meditation instruction, followed by a period of mediation, a short talk and discussion.

  • B-12 is a supportive, ongoing, drop-in practice group
  • 2nd Sunday meeting includes a guest speaker
  • 4th Sunday meeting focuses on a Step
  • Donations welcome

Contact: Maya P. or Flo L. Phone- (718) 701-1083    Email- b12recoverybrooklyn at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.brooklynzen.org


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New York, New York City


Addiction and Recovery


Day/time: Monday (first Monday of each month)  —  7:00pm - 9:00pm


New York Insight Meditation Center

28 West 27th Street, New York City, NY 10001   Map
10th floor


Other info:

The Buddha and Bill W. The meetings will include Buddhist meditation practices, interactive exercises, dharma talks and discussion. Meeting facilitated by Sandra Weinberg.

2500 years ago the Buddha said craving and attachment is the cause of suffering. In the 1930’s Bill Wilson started the first Twelve Step program that worked with a deep form of craving and suffering: addictions. In these monthly meetings, we will explore the ways that Buddhism and the Steps support and complement each other and can deepen our spiritual lives. The meetings will include Buddhist meditation practices, interactive exercises, dharma talks and discussion. The evenings are open to all who are interested. You need not be in a Twelve Step program nor have a background in Buddhism. The fee is by donation.


Contact: Phone- (212) 213-4802    Email- nyinsight at earthlink dot net
Website(s)- www.nyimc.org


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New York, New York City


Heart of Recovery


Day/time: Sundays  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


The Center

208 W 13th Street, New York City, NY 10011   Map
(Between 7th and 8th avenues)


Other info:

A weekly sharing support group bringing together meditation practice and the Twelve Steps. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addiction and recovery to our personal path as spiritual warriors, bodhisattvas, meditators.
$3 suggested donation.


Contact: Rick Phone- (212) 675-6544    Email- recovery at shambhalanyc dot org
Website(s)- ny.shambhala.org


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New York, New York City


A SOBER MEDITATION COMMUNITY COMBINING INTER FELLOWSHIP 12 STEP AND BUDDHIST TRADITIONS


Day/time: Fridays  —  7:00pm - 8:15pm


New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

119 West 23rd Street, New York City, NY 10011   Map
between 6th and 7th Aves. Suite 401


Other info:

Deepen your 11th Step practice of meditation in this new, unified, sober 12 Step fellowship which examines the 12 steps through the lens of the Buddhist precepts.
The format for each meeting will be meditation, teaching (by someone who has five years or more of sobriety and has taken the Buddhist precepts) followed by sharing.
There is a Suggested Donation of $5
PLEASE NOTE: The main entrance closes promptly at 7pm. Usually there is a greeter stationed at the entrance until 7 to let people in.


Contact: Phone- (212) 677-1087    Website(s)- zencare.org/


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New York, Rochester


Step and speaker meeting - with an initial period of meditation


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  5:00pm - 6:30pm


Rochester Zen Center

7 Arnold Park, Rochester, NY 14607-2082   Map


Other info:

The first 30 minutes we meditate in the zendo, then have an hour long 12 Step meeting in the library. The front door is usually locked, so please ring the bell. We don’t really have a name, but we are a step and speaker meeting open to all 12 Step members who are interested in how to work the steps as a Buddhist. Since we include all 12 steppers, and use Buddhist literature at times, we cannot be an official 12 step group. We have been meeting since around 2005. The majority of our members are Buddhist of some sort, but at least a third of the regulars are either Christian or uncommitted.


Contact: Kadi: Email- ksprengle at gmail dot com


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North Carolina, Asheville


Mindfulness and 12 Step Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Wednesday  —  7:30pm - 8:45pm


Asheville 12 Step Recovery Club

22B New Leicester Highway, Asheville, NC 28806   Map
G4


Other info:

Who: Open to anyone from any 12 Step Recovery program.
What: This meeting combines actual meditation practice, open sharing, plus brief readings or talks linking Mindfulness Meditation practice to the specific 12 Step of that month.
Cost: We pass the basket to help cover operating costs and refreshments at Asheville 12 Step Recovery Club.


Contact: Eddie LeShure Phone- (828) 772-1746    Email- ibliving at hotmail dot com
Website(s)- www.asheville12stepclub.org


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North Carolina, Winston-Salem


Piedmont Triad 12 Step Meditation Meeting


Day/time: Sunday  —  11:30am (1 hour meeting)


930 Burke St

930 Burke St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101   Map


Other info:

Grounded in the 11th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous, exploring mindfulness and Buddhist principles within the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the meeting format is as follows: Reading; Meditation; and Discussion.

The group is peer led and relies upon the San Francisco Zen Center's "9 Essays: Buddhism & The 12 Step Model of Recovery."

The meeting is open to all 12 Step fellowships (NA, DAA, NA, etc...) 


Contact: Andrea Email- triadrecovery1 at gmail dot com


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Ohio, Cincinnati


B12: Buddhism and 12 Step Book Study Group


Day/time: Every Saturday night  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Buddhist Dharma Center of Cincinnati

15 Moline Court, Northside, Cincinnati, OH 45223   Map
(Off Hamilton Ave.)


Other info:

The Buddhist 12 Step Book Study Group (B12) explores how Buddhism and 12 Step recovery programs can benefit and nurture each other. Both practices begin with the acknowledgement of suffering, the realization that suffering arises from craving, and that there is a solution. The path of the 12 Steps and the Noble Eightfold Path travel through remarkably similar territory and have much to offer each other.
No meditation experience or particular faith or spiritual practice is required. Neither is membership in a 12 Step Program. We are simply people exploring the path out of the suffering brought about by craving and clinging... in whatever form that arises. You don't have to believe anything! The Buddha encouraged his students to "come and see" for yourself, and to learn by your own direct experience.
We have been meeting regularly since March 2015, and currently meet every Saturday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Attendees are often from the following fellowships: NA, AA, OA, Alanon, ACA, and CoDa. Following a brief welcoming and introduction period, there is a 20 minute guided mindfulness meditation, followed by shared reading of a Buddhist Recovery themed book, and discussion on how the dharma teachings impact our addiction recovery. We are currently reading and studying Cool Water: Alcoholism, Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery by William Alexander. We end with Loving Kindness (Metta) practice, followed by Dedication of Merit.


Contact: Email- buddhism12steps at gmail dot com


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Ohio, Holland


Meditation & Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Monday  —  8:00pm - 9:00pm


Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo

6537 Angola Road, Holland, OH 43528   Map


Other info:

This weekly meeting is open to people with any addiction, seeking recovery or in support of anyone seeking recovery. Honoring the traditions of anonymity in other recovery programs and to protect the privacy of our members, we use only our first names at this meeting.
With respect for the worth and dignity of each person, all are welcome here. We respect all forms of meditation, however during the meditation period, we ask that everyone be quiet and still out of respect for the practice.
The purpose of this meeting is to strengthen our meditation practice by communal effort and thereby strengthen our recovery program. Our meeting includes time for prayer or intention setting, meditation and discussion. Our discussion period offers us a chance to share openly about our experiences with meditation and recovery. For those new to meditation, beginning instruction will be offered.
A weekly book club meets just prior to this meeting to read and discuss a book related to meditation and recovery.


Contact: For more information: Website(s)- www.buddhisttempleoftoledo.org


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Ohio, Holland


Meditation & Recovery Meeting


Day/time: Friday (excluding the last Friday of each month)  —  7:30pm - 8:30pm


Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo

6537 Angola Road, Holland, OH 43528   Map


Other info:

This weekly meeting is open to people with any addiction, seeking recovery or in support of anyone seeking recovery. Honoring the traditions of anonymity in other recovery programs and to protect the privacy of our members, we use only our first names at this meeting.
With respect for the worth and dignity of each person, all are welcome here. We respect all forms of meditation, however during the meditation period, we ask that everyone be quiet and still out of respect for the practice.
The purpose of this meeting is to strengthen our meditation practice by communal effort and thereby strengthen our recovery program. Our meeting includes time for prayer or intention setting, meditation and discussion. Our discussion period offers us a chance to share openly about our experiences with meditation and recovery. For those new to meditation, beginning instruction will be offered.
A weekly book club meets just prior to this meeting to read and discuss a book related to meditation and recovery.


Contact: For more information: Website(s)- www.buddhisttempleoftoledo.org


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Ohio, Silver Lake


Heart of Recovery - Akron - 12 step & Buddhism


Day/time: Wednesday  —  7:00pm - 8:15pm


The Church in Silver Lake

2951 Kent Rd, Silver Lake, OH 44224   Map


Other info:

Format: 20 minute meditation, Discussion of book, dharma talk or  topic, 5 minute closing meditation.


Contact: Yeshe Choumo Phone- 330-256-8291    Email- crdelong12 at gmail dot com


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Oregon, Portland


12-Step Meditation Meeting


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  7:00pm


The Alano Club of Portland

909 NW 24th Avenue, Portland, OR 97210   Map
The Loft Room


Other info:

The meeting is open to anyone, with any addiction, from any 12-Step program.


Contact: Website(s)- www.portlandalano.org


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Oregon, Portland


The Having Had Group, a 12 Step Meditation Meeting, cultivating mindfulness in recovery


Day/time: Sunday evenings  —  5:30pm


Portland Center for Spiritual Living

6211 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211   Map


Other info:

The meeting is open to members of any 12 Step organization, includes a 15 minute silent meditation, a Mindfulness Talk on one of the 12 Steps from “9 Essays, Buddhism and the 12 Step Method of Recovery” by the Meditation in Recovery group at the sfzc.org; and a Mindfulness Practice on Insight Meditation from “Breathe, You Are Alive!” by Thich Nhat Hanh.  There are no dues or fees; however, a basket is passed in keeping with A.A.’s 7th Tradition. 


Contact: Email- pwtgtinfo at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.probthing.com


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Oregon, Portland


The Having Had Group, a 12 Step Meditation Meeting, cultivating mindfulness in recovery


Day/time: Tuesday evenings  —  6:30pm


Kaiser Permanente Town Hall

3704 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227   Map


Other info:

The meeting is open to members of any 12 Step organization, includes a 15 minute silent meditation, a Mindfulness Talk on one of the 12 Steps from “9 Essays, Buddhism and the 12 Step Method of Recovery” by the Meditation in Recovery group at the sfzc.org; and a Mindfulness Practice on Insight Meditation from “Breathe, You Are Alive!” by Thich Nhat Hanh.  There are no dues or fees; however, a basket is passed in keeping with A.A.’s 7th Tradition. 


Contact: Email- pwtgtinfo at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.probthing.com


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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Meditation and Recovery - Sitting on the cushion, the next right step


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)


The Philadelphia Meditation Center

8 East Eagle Road, Havertown, Philadelphia, PA 19083   Map


Other info:

Using the booklet “9 Essays: Buddhism and the 12th Step Model of Recovery” made available to us by the generosity of the San Francisco Zen Center, this group will be exploring the connection between practice and recovery. Our mission is to bridge the Twelve Steps of AA and the four Noble Truths of Buddhism. The meeting will include a 20 minute silent meditation sit, a reading from the “9 Essays”, and an open discussion in the format of an AA meeting.
Booklets will be available at the center or can be downloaded from the internet. Click to download a PDF file of “9 Essays on Buddhism & the 12 Step Model of Recovery”
We will be adhering to the AA traditions (which include anonymity and confidentiality).
Creating a supportive community is an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to daily practice.


Contact: Phone- DIANE - (484) 326-1102 - WILLIAM - (610) 608-4499    Email- dooeyann at hotmail dot com - williamorem1 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.philadelphiameditation.org


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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Heart of Recovery


Day/time: Fridays (except major holidays)  —  7:30pm


Philadelphia Shambhala Center

2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103   Map
3rd floor


Other info:

A weekly support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the wisdom of recovery. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addiction and recovery to our personal path as warriors, bodhisattvas, and meditators through readings, contemplations, and sharing.

Each week we:

  • Meditate with others who are in recovery or exploring recovery
  • Offer contemplations or readings which inspire our recovery and support our practices
  • Share our personal experience, strength and courage
  • Integrate the basic goodness of meditation with our commitment to recovery

"Sobriety is finding a new way of living that involves engagement where there was withdrawal; generosity where there was self-centeredness; community where there was isolation; joy where there was bitterness; trust where there was cynicism."
~ Kevin Griffin, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

Open to meditation practitioners from all traditions and to Twelve Step practitioners from all programs.


Contact: Mark M. or Ned R. Email- phl dot hor dot coord at gmail dot com - nedster51 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- philadelphia.shambhala.org


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Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh


One Pine Zen Meditation Recovery Group


Day/time: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month  —  7:00pm


First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh

605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213   Map


Other info:

We offer a Zen (or Ch’an) Buddhist meditation and discussion group for people in 12-step recovery programs. This group supports those who want to integrate Buddhist teachings and practices into their 12-step program.
One Pine Zen Meditation Recovery Group offers teachings on basic Buddhist principles and will address such issues as how a “Higher Power” is understood in the context of Buddhist practice and how 12 step recovery programs fit within those principles.
The group is not an 12 step (AA, NA, etc.) meeting, but is an open group for anyone who is interested in Zen Buddhism and recovery. The group is not meant to replace, but to augment, other recovery efforts.
This group is led by Venerable Shih He-Laohu, a Ch’an monk with experience in recovery programs.
The evening begins with a brief meditation instruction, a period of meditation, seated meditation, a Dharma talk, followed by an open discussion. Like 12-step meetings, a donation is appreciated.


Contact: Venerable Shih He-Laohu Email- jmdudley92 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- www.onepinemeditation.org


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South Dakota,



Other info:

If you live in Western South Dakota or Eastern Wyoming, and wish to become part of a group please see the contact details below.


Contact: Richard: Email- tipsyhotei at gmail dot com


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Tennessee, Nashville


Dharma practice and study group


Day/time: Sundays  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


Embracing Simplicity Nashville

100 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208   Map
B-8


Other info:

Embracing Simplicity Nashville offers meditation, dharma study and support for your recovery from the phenomenon of suffering (mental anguish) and the conditions that give rise to suffering. No affiliations required or excluded.
Its founding teacher is a Dharmacharya and Lay minister of the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order ordained by Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa.
The format is 30 minutes of meditation followed by discussion and dharma study, including works of authors in the Insight tradition, especially the Thai Forest teachers. The group is also supported by additional Dharmacharyas-in-training with Buddhist recovery experience.


Contact: Christie Bates (Passatininna) Phone- (615) 802-7287    Email- mettaphoric at gmail dot com


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Tennessee, Nashville


Embracing Inner Child


Day/time: Friday  —  6:30pm - 7:30pm


Mindful Nashville

100 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208   Map


Other info:

20 minutes of meditation followed by open shares based on ACA Recovery.


Contact: Anthony Best Phone- 971-801-5230    Email- innerchild1978 at gmail dot com


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Texas, Austin


D.I.Y. Dharma


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  7:30pm - 8:30pm


People's Pharmacy

3801 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704   Map
(Meeting room in the back of the building)


Other info:

We are non-denominational, and unaffiliated with any specific Recovery Group, Buddhist Group or teacher. We are a peer led meeting with leadership that rotates monthly. We are not a 12 Step Meeting but most of us attend regular 12 Step Meetings outside of this weekly group.
As a group we welcome anyone who wants to align their recovery with their Buddhist Practice. We welcome anyone at any level of practice and at any stage of recovery.
Our primary aim is to help anyone who wants to, to develop a regular meditation practice as a part of their recovery and to offer support for each other for our practice and our recovery.


Contact: Email- boscofreak at att dot net


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Texas, Richardson


Meditation and Recovery


Day/time: Thursdays  —  7:15pm - 8:30pm


The University of Texas at Dallas - Center for Students in Recovery

965-967 Drive A, Richardson, TX 75080   Map


Other info:

We are not a 12 step group but use Buddhist principles and meditation to address addiction. There are readings out of various books.

All are welcome.


Contact: Phone- (469) 502-1957    Email- janeinplano at gmail dot com


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Texas, San Antonio


Buddhism and the 12 Step Model of Recovery


Day/time: Fridays  —  8:00pm


San Antonio Zen Center

417 W Woodlawn Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212   Map


Other info:

The format for the group is: 20 minutes of meditation, introductions (brief such as, “Hi my name is Rick and I’tm an addict”), then we read a Step from a book of nine essays on Buddhism and the Steps, which was compiled at the San Francisco Zen Center. We then have a discussion (the bulk of the meeting) followed by 5-10 minutes of meditation. We have been meeting weekly since the beginning of 2008. We are not a registered AA/NA/Alanon group but many of those who attend have experience in these traditions.


Contact: Email- info at sanantoniozen dot org
Website(s)- sanantoniozen.org


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Vermont, Washington


Recovery zazenkai


Day/time: Sundays (twice monthly)  —  3:00pm


Zen and the Art of Recovery

320 Sargent N Rd, Washington, VT 05675   Map


Other info:

In Japan, many Buddhists meet informally in small community meditation groups call “zazenkai”, to practice meditation and offer one another support through life and love.

Our “zazenkai” is based on the principles of Soto Zen Buddhism, meditation and the teachings of Esai Dogen—the founder of my lineage. It is appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike who would like to explore Buddhism as an additional support system while they go through the recovery process. This will be a closed group and will meet two times a month in a rural home in eight week cycles. The group will not exceed 5-8 people maximum but is often as small as three. You will be required to bring or buy a meditation cushion. I may be able to arrange buying some if you need one. The meeting consists of 30 minutes of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a dharma talk followed by sharing.

Please note: This is NOT a 12-step meeting nor is it a substitute for one. It is not meant for people trying to get clean and sober -it is meant to be a general recovery and support group- a community sitting place for those who are sober from any addiction or in recovery from any trauma, or for those who simply wish to learn more about Zen Buddhism and its helpful relationship to the art of recovery.

Space is limited so if you are interested in attending email us before the next meeting date.

You can read more about the group facilitator louis d. lo praeste on www.thehappyrogue.com

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Contact: To attend the next group please email me first. Phone- 415-316-4773    Email- louisd at bigthinker dot com


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Washington, Bellevue


Bellevue Lunch Bunch - Eight Step Recovery


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  1 - 2pm


Eastside Center for Family

2025 112th Ave NE #201, Bellevue, WA 98004   Map


Other info:

This hour long lunch time group is a learning group using the book Eight Step Recovery.  We will meditate for 20 minutes, read for 5-10 minutes and share for 30 minutes. All are welcome, not just those with a drug or alcohol related addiction. Addiction is defined as any behavior, substance-related or not, that brings temporary pleasure or relief, a behavior one craves but is unable to stop despite negative consequences. We look forward to growing our group to be a mainstay source of support on the Eastside with expansion to another group in the evening.


Contact: Laura Halford Phone- 425-462-8558    Email- laura at eastsidetherapists dot com
Website(s)- www.eastsidecenterforfamily.com


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Washington, Bellingham


5th Precept / Mindful Recovery


Day/time: Fridays (weekly)  —  5:30pm - 6:45pm


Red Cedar Dharma Hall

1021 North Forest, Bellingham, WA 98225   Map
(directions: see website)


Other info:

Mindful Recovery is a peer support group that explores the relationship between mindfulness, Buddhist teachings, and the 12-step path to recovery from addictive behavior. Our weekly meetings focus on mindfulness meditation practice and developing insight into the habitual thoughts and patterns that drive our unskillful behaviors.
The format includes silent meditation, readings from Buddhist, mindfulness, and 12-step recovery literature, and discussion and sharing.
Our group is not affiliated with any Buddhist center or 12-step recovery program, and is not a substitute for 12-step meetings or dharma study. We honor the 12-step traditions of anonymity and confidentiality.


Contact: Leigh - Email- leighawirth at gmail dot com


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Washington, Everett


Eight Step Recovery - NEW TIME!


Day/time: Sundays (weekly)  —  4:30 - 6:00pm


Unity Center for Positive Living

3231 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201   Map
(at 33rd Street)


Other info:

The Eight Step Recovery support group will cover the teachings of Vimalasara Valerie Mason-John and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves from their book “Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's teachings to overcome addiction”.

We have a 3 minute meditation, a 15 minute meditation, and work through the book. All are welcome, not just those with a drug or alcohol related addiction.

Addiction is defined as any behavior, substance-related or not, that brings temporary pleasure or relief, a behavior one craves but is unable to stop despite negative consequences. We hope this group will be a support for you in your recovery and that it will lead you to a happier, more fulfilling way of life.


Contact: Karen and Chris - Phone- 425-772-0724    Email- karenf81092 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- Unity Center for Positive Living


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Washington, Olympia


Buddhist 12-Step Study Group


Day/time: Thursdays (weekly)  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


First Christian Church, Library

701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501   Map
Meeting in the "Sacred Space"


Other info:

The meeting begins with a 30-minute guided meditation.

The group takes a small tea break before a group reading & discussion of 12-Step Buddhist literature to support participants’ walk down the eight-fold path of recovery. Typically, a new book is read every six to eight months.


Contact: Cadence or Steven Email- coyotescofflaw at gmail dot com - stvnald at aol dot com


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Washington, Olympia


Eight Step Recovery


Day/time: Mondays (Except 1st Monday of the month)  —  6:00pm - 7:30pm


P.O.W.E.R.

309 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501   Map


Other info:

Please Note: There is no meeting at P.O.W.E.R. on the first Monday of every month. The first Monday of the month is reserved for Business meeting and Buddhist Recovery Sangha Social at rotating locations. Contact Thomas 360.358.2379 for info.

Eight Step Recovery uses Buddhist teachings and tools to overcome addiction. The 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 behaviors. This is a safe meeting for all including Trans/Queer/People of Color.

Eight Step Recovery is an inclusive resource and can be used in addition to any other recovery program including AA, NA, Refuge Recovery, SMART, etc. For members of AA/NA it can be an expression of the 11th step.


Contact: Thomas - Phone- 360-358-2379    Email- finding dot valentine at gmail dot com


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Washington, Olympia


Exploring Recovery


Day/time: Tuesdays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


115 Legion Way

115 Legion Way SW, Olympia, WA 98501   Map


Other info:

We meet to explore a Buddhist inspired recovery using an inclusive collection of books that support a holistic recovery from addiction, and compulsive behaviors. Together we learn and practice tools such as Mindfulness Meditation, Integral Maps, Non-violent communication and DBT skills. Our focus is on community, empowerment, and knowledge.


Contact: Phone- 360.358.2379    Email- finding dot valentine at gmail dot com


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Washington, Seattle


Buddhism & Recovery peer study group


Day/time: Thursday nights (Weekly)  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Peer Seattle (formerly SASG)

1520 Bellevue Ave Ste 100, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98122   Map


Other info:

This is a peer led meditation and discussion group on Buddhism and recovery, founded in Jan. of 2010. The format includes sitting meditation, a reading on Dharma & recovery, and open discussion on the reading and recovery support. We share facilitation within the group by signing up on a calendar, using a “script” of the meeting format. We do not teach meditation, but offer support for those who wish to find further meditation instruction. The group is not affiliated with any specific Buddhist or 12-step recovery fellowship, all are welcome. 1st THURS. EACH MONTH - MEDITATION PRACTICE, STUDY & DISCUSSION MEETING

This peer group is sponsored by Northwest Buddhist Recovery www.nwbuddhistrecovery.org


Contact: Jeremy Email- bleumyst at gmail dot com
Website(s)- https://www.peerseattle.org


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Washington, Seattle


Heart of Recovery Group


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Seattle Shambhala Center

3107 E. Harrison Street, Madison Valley, Seattle, WA 98112   Map


Other info:

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting at the Seattle Shambhala annex focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to recovery to addictions of all kinds. Newcomers will learn basic meditation techniques to enhance, not replace, their own recovery program in a familiar and comfortable environment. Experienced meditators will discover new ways to deepen their current practice while supporting the group.

Meeting format includes:

  • Sitting meditation practice
  • A topic offering in the form of brief comments or a reading by the night's facilitator
  • Discussion and exploration by group members
  • Sharing our experience, strength and hope
  • Dedication of merit

 

Open to all who are:

 

  • Buddhist practitioners from any tradition
  • 12 Step practitioners from any program
  • Individuals interested in exploring the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction and addictive behaviors.

 

The meeting is free to attend, but we ask for a donation of any size to help cover rent.

 

This group is supported by Northwest Buddhist Recovery www.nwbuddhistrecovery.org.


Contact: Email- heartofrecovery at seattleshambhala dot org
Website(s)- seattle.shambhala.org


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Washington, Seattle


Mindful Recovery


Day/time: Tuesdays and Thursdays (weekly)  —  7:30 - 8:30pm


Fremont Recovery Sangha - Center for Holistic Health and Fitness

425 N 36th St, Fremont, Seattle, WA 98103   Map


Other info:

20 minutes of mindfulness meditation followed by a short reading Of Buddhist teachings and dharma related to recovery. The meeting will then be open for group and peer share followed by a short closing meditation.


Contact: Jeremy - Email- risingsunmindfulness at gmail dot com


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Washington, Seattle


Meditation and Movement


Day/time: Tuesdays (weekly)  —  6:00 - 7:15pm


Peer Seattle (Formerly SASG)

1520 Bellevue Ave #100, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98112   Map


Other info:

Peer led support group where you can practice meditation for well being and healing from recovery of any kind.All are Welcome

This group is supported by Northwest Buddhist Recovery www.nwbuddhistrecovery.org.


Contact: Emily - Phone- 206-322-2437    Email- emilyshimada2 at gmail dot com
Website(s)- https://www.peerseattle.org


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Washington, Seattle


Buddhist Meditation Peer Recovery


Day/time: Sundays (weekly)  —  10:00 - 11:15pm


Peer Seattle (Formerly SASG)

1520 Bellevue Ave #100, Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98112   Map


Other info:

Peer led support group where you can practice meditation for well being and healing from recovery of any kind.All are Welcome

This group is supported by Northwest Buddhist Recovery www.nwbuddhistrecovery.org.


Contact: Noah - Phone- 206-322-2437    Email- noahdorson at gmail dot com
Website(s)- https://www.peerseattle.org


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Washington, Woodinville


Buddhist 12 Step Recovery


Day/time: Mondays (weekly)  —  7:30pm - 9:00pm


Sit Happens - Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church

19020 Woodinville Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA 98072   Map
“We meet in portable classroom #2 behind the church.”


Other info:

We start our meeting with a quick check-in. Each person shares what has been going on with them lately. This gives us a chance to get to know each other better. Next, we take turns reading aloud from the current book selection on Buddhism and recovery. Then, we do a 20 minute silent meditation. After meditating, we have an open discussion about the material we read. We close with a 5 minute meditation and dedication of our practice.

This group is supported by Northwest Buddhist Recovery www.nwbuddhistrecovery.org.


Contact: Gary - Email- gary at tomlinsongroup dot net
Website(s)- www.wuuc.org


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Washington DC, Washington


Heart of Recovery Group


Day/time: Wednesdays  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, D.C.

3520 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008   Map


Other info:

This meditation and discussion group brings together Shambhala Buddhist meditation practice with the Twelve Steps recovery programs.

Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addictions and recovery to our personal paths as warriors, bodhisattvas, and meditation practitioners. Meeting format includes: sitting practice; a topic offering in the form of brief comments or a reading by the night’s facilitator; discussion and exploration by group members; sharing our personal experience, strength and hope; dedication of merit.

Open to all who are: Buddhist practitioners (from any tradition), or 12 Step practitioners (from any program), or individuals interested in exploring the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction and addictive behaviors.


Contact: Scott: Phone- (240) 478-1513    Email- sperkins67 at mac dot com
Website(s)- www.shambhala.org/centers/washingtondc


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Washington DC, Washington


DC Mindfulness in Recovery


Day/time: Sunday  —  6:30pm - 8:00pm


The Center For Mindful Living

4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown, Washington, DC 20016   Map
Suite 200 (2nd floor). 3 blocks north (near Steak 'n Egg) of the Tenleytown-AU Red line Metro stop.


Other info:

No need to apply, just show up!
Our group is open to those new to meditation and seasoned practitioners alike with a common interest in the intersection of Buddhist teachings and 12 Step recovery. All 12 Steppers are welcome and we ask that participants have continuous recovery, as defined by their 12 Step group, and that a working relationship with that group be established before attending your first meeting.


Contact: Website(s)- Insight Meditation Community of Washington


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Wisconsin, Madison


Madison Meditation and Recovery Group


Day/time: Every Wednesday  —  5:30pm - 6:30pm


Neighborhood House Community Center

29 South Mills St., Madison, WI 53715   Map


Other info:

The meeting has been running for 4 years.
Format and approach: 30 minutes of silent meditation; brief reading; 20 minute 12-Step meeting. We are a cross-fellowship group welcoming anybody in any form of 12-Step recovery. We are non-sectarian and promote no specific form of meditation, as long as it is silent and seated.


Contact: Email- meditationandrecovery at gmail dot com
Website(s)- sites.google.com/site/meditationandrecovery


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Wisconsin, Madison


Heart of Recovery Group


Day/time: Sundays  —  7:15pm - 8:45pm


Shambhala Center of Madison

408 S. Baldwin Street, Madison, WI 53703   Map


Other info:

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group at the Shambhala Center of Madison with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the 12 Steps of recovery. We focus on sharing our experience while bringing together meditation practice with our individual paths of recovery from addiction.

Meeting format includes:

Sitting meditation instruction and practice A topic offering in the form of a brief share or reading by the facilitator Discussion and exploration by group members Sharing our personal experience, strength, and hope There is no charge for the meetings, but donations to the operating costs of the Shambhala Center of Madison are welcomed.

Open to all.


Contact: Phone- (608) 441-8868    Email- madisonshambhala at gmail dot com
Website(s)- madison.shambhala.org


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Wisconsin, Milwaukee


11-Step Meditation Meeting


Day/time: Sunday  —  6:30pm - 7:30pm


Milwaukee Mindfulness Practice Center

1922 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211   Map
(a block and a half east of Oakland - between Murray & Cramer)


Other info:

The meeting has been running since fall of 2009. It is open to all interested in working a 12 Step recovery program (from any program). We welcome those individuals interested in exploring the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction and addictive behaviors.
The typical format is: introductions, 20 minutes of mindful sitting meditation, 5 minutes of walking meditation, a reading from the book 12 Steps on Buddha’s Path: Bill, Buddha, and We, followed by sharing.


Contact: Website(s)- www.milwaukeemindfulness.com


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Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Heart of Recovery


Day/time: Thursday  —  7:00pm – 8:30pm


Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

2344 N Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211   Map


Other info:

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Newcomers will learn basic meditation techniques to enhance, not replace, their own recovery program in a familiar and comfortable environment. Experienced meditators will discover new ways to deepen their current practice while supporting the group.

Heart of Recovery is open to all meditation practitioners, all 12-step practitioners and anyone interested in exploring the relationship of meditation to recovery from addiction and addictive behaviors.

Meetings will include sitting practice and discussion and exploration of topics to share our experience, strength and hope.


Contact: Phone- (414) 277-8020    Website(s)- milwaukee.shambhala.org


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Wyoming,



Other info:

If you live in Western South Dakota or Eastern Wyoming, and wish to become part of a group please see the contact details below.


Contact: Richard: Email- tipsyhotei at gmail dot com


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