About us


The Buddhist Recovery Network promotes the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths.

“The Buddhist Recovery Network has been a definite “plus” in my life. I like the on-line aspect especially since people from all over attend bringing diversity to the meetings. I attend BRN meetings more consistently than with other groups because of the variety of meetings. Also, the opportunity to chair meetings provides a great way to stay sane! Thanks, everyone, who contributes to maintaining and sustaining the Buddhist Recovery Network!”
Gary from Ohio

Legal Status

The Buddhist Recovery Network is a not for profit organization incorporated in the USA, and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Federal Internal Revenue Service Code; and its Federal Identification Number is 26-2127441. The Buddhist Recovery Network also qualifies to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the U.S. Federal Internal Revenue Service Code. Non U.S. residents are encouraged to seek advice from their local taxation office.


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

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin (www.kevingriffin.net) is a Buddhist teacher and author best known for his work integrating Dharma and recovery. He is a co-founder of the Buddhist Recovery Network, and the author of several books, including One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. He has been practicing Insight meditation for over forty years and teaching since the late 1990s. His recovery dates from 1985. He has taught in a wide range of settings including Esalen, Kripalu and Omega Institute; diverse Buddhist centers; academic and research institutions; treatment centers, rehabs, and prisons. His latest book is Living Kindness: Metta Teachings for the Whole of Our Lives, an exploration of the broad meaning and purpose of the Buddha’s teachings on lovingkindness. His interest in the suttas of the Pali Canon is now a prime source of study and teachings.

Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He is a founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, and is a husband and father. His books include A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. (quoted from www.spiritrock.org )