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Buddhist Recovery Meetings: United Kingdom


Totnes, Devon

  

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.

 

Venue:

The Arcturus Clinic

Day:

1st and 3rd Thursdays every month

Time:

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Type:

Buddhist Recovery Sitting Group

Address:

47 Fore Street, Totnes, Dev TQ9 5NJ (map)

Other info:

The meeting is a meditation and support group which explores the relationship between meditation practice, 12 step programs and recovery.
The meeting format is: a sitting meditation, Dharma talk/reading, check in and share, and a final sitting meditation before close.

Contact:

Email- buddhistrecoverytotnes at gmail dot com

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Dundee, Dundee

Venue:

Nilipul Centre

Day:

Dates to be advised, see website (below)

Time:

7:00pm - 9:00pm (please arrive from 6:30pm ready for a prompt start at 7:00pm)

Type:

Sit-and-Share

Address:

51 Reform St, Dundee, Dundee DD1 1SL (map)

Other info:

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

Contact:

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

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London, London

Venue:

The Jamyang Centre

Day:

Sundays

Time:

6:50pm - 8:20pm

Type:

Refuge Recovery

Address:

43 Renfrew Road, Kennington, London, London SE11 4NA (map)
(5 mins walk from either Elephant & Castle or Kennington Tube Stations)

Other info:

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

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

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

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

Always free; donations welcome.

Contact:

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

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London, London

Venue:

North London Buddhist Centre

Day:

Friday

Time:

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Type:

Eight Step Recovery

Address:

72 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London, London N7 8JG (map)

Other info:

Eight Step Recovery is an alternative recovery program to the 12 step program of Alcoholic Anonymous. It uses the Buddhist Teachings to overcome addiction. This Eight Step program  is a set of mindfulness teachings outlining a suggested course of action for recovery from addiction, stinking thinking, negative mental states, and  compulsive and obsessive behaviours.

This program was cofounded by Dr Valerie Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and Dr Paramabandhu Groves Ph.D. in 2013, and published in their book: “Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's teachings to overcome addiction”.

Contact:

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

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Ipswich, Suffolk

Venue:

Ipswich Buddhist Centre

Day:

Sunday

Time:

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Type:

Eight Step Recovery

Address:

4 Friars Bridge Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1RR (map)

Other info:

Eight Step Recovery is an alternative recovery program to the 12 step program of Alcoholic Anonymous. It uses the Buddhist Teachings to overcome addiction. This Eight Step program  is a set of mindfulness teachings outlining a suggested course of action for recovery from addiction, stinking thinking, negative mental states, and  compulsive and obsessive behaviours. This program was cofounded by Dr Valerie Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and Dr Paramabandhu Groves Ph.D. in 2013.

Contact:

Email- caroline at realizemedia dot org
Website(s)- Ipswich Buddhist Centre

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Belfast, Ulster

Venue:

Black Mountain Zen Centre

Day:

Sundays

Time:

7:30pm - 9:00pm (please arrive by 7:20pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm)

Type:

Mindfulness and Recovery Group

Address:

64 Donegal street, Belfast, Ulster BT12 6LX (map)

Other info:

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

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

Remember: Forgiveness is abandoning hope for a better past.

Contact:

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

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Marlborough, Wiltshire

Venue:

St Mary’s Church Cottage

Day:

Fridays

Time:

8:00pm - 9:30pm (please arrive from 7:30pm ready for a prompt start at 8:00pm)

Type:

Sit-and-Share

Address:

Silverless Street, Marlborough, Wilts SN8 1JQ (map)

Other info:

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

Contact:

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

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