LINKS & RESOURCES
The Buddhist Recovery Network lists meetings and meditation groups internationally. The site includes book relevant book reviews and an opportunity to be involved in an international movement. If you have a group, please contact Paul Saintilan: email@example.com to get listed.
Virtual Mindfulness Coach: An online mindfulness training I've collaborated on with Eva Hudlicka. The Virtual Mindfulness Coach is a new way to learn meditation. Instead of a static recording or book, the Coach offers an interactive online environment for self-paced study. Combining ancient Buddhist wisdom with a modern delivery system makes for an engaging and relevant learning experience. Loaded with practical guidance for both formal meditation and daily mindfulness activities, as well as FAQs for every class, this four-session program will help get you started and keep you going with an effective, proven method to reduce stress, increase health, and help you to enjoy your life more.
Bay Area Buddhist Recovery Groups:
- Berkeley Dharma and Recovery, Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm, Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. Led by Walt Opie.
- Mindfulness and the 12 Steps, First and third Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm. a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama St, San Francisco. Led by Stefano Massei.
- Judith Ragir's Website. A Zen priest in Minneapolis/St. Paul who teaches Buddhism and the 12 Steps. Her site includes loads of talks on Buddhism and recovery, as well as her teaching schedule.
- Dharma Punx, Noah Levine's homepage.
- Sarpashana, a program for recovery offered by the Tibetan Shambhala centers at one time. Although the program seems to be defunct, there is a sourcebook available from this page.
An interesting article by George Taylor dealing with a couple dealing with alcoholism.
Here are some Twelve Step and recovery resources on the web:
- Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
- Alcoholics Anonymous Grapevine Magazine
- Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Concordance of the AA Big Book. Great resource for finding quotes in the Big Book.
- Al-Anon World Service
- Twenty Questions to determine whether you are an alcoholic or addict
- Heroin Times resources for recoverying from narcotics addiction.
- LiberationPark.org.This site has talks from Santikaro Bhikkhu on Buddhism and the Twelve Steps.
- 12foldpath Yahoo group for Buddhists in recovery.
- buddhistsinrecovery Another Yahoo group for Buddists in recovery.
- Recovery View A company that works with many of the Southern California treatment centers. I have worked with Josie Ramirez, the owner.
- Spirit Recovery An organization that draws on Toltec Wisdom and the Four Agreements to help people heal from addiction. I have taught with Lee McCormick, the founder.
Here are some great Dharma websites:
- Access to Insight – Amazing set of Theravada Suttas as well as writings from contemporary teachers.
- Buddhanet – look at the "e-books" for some interesting PDF versions of varied topics. Wide variety of excellent teachings.
- Spirit Rock – Spirit Rock Meditation Society in Marin County, schedule of events, teacher bios, retreats, daylongs, benefits. Founded by Jack Kornfield and others, this is a beautiful place for retreat
- Insight Meditation Society - in Massachusetts, schedule, teachers. The sister center to Spirit Rock, founded by Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg, and another wonderful place for retreat practice.
- Inquiring Mind the journal of vipassana meditation. Read articles online and subscribe to this donation-based journal.
- Insight Dialogue - website of Gregory Kramer, an innovative approach to interactive dharma practice.
- Amaravati Monastery - in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chaa. Ajahn Amaro is the Abbott. UK.
- Abhayagiri Monastery - in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chaa. Northern California.
- Leigh Brasington – Home page for Leigh Brasington, a dharma teacher; full of resources for people interested in Buddhism. Especially useful for those interested in the meditative absorptions or jhanas which is Leigh's teaching specialty.
- Bodhi Monastery, home of Bhikkhu Bodhi, noted translator of early Buddhist texts. Site has a treasure trove of talks on the Majjhima Nikaya, one of the most important Buddhist texts. Bhikkhu Bodhi has a great non-profit helping women in developing countries: Buddhist Global Relief.
- Cloud Mountain - meditation center in Southern Washington state. Beautiful place for retreat. Presents a variety of Buddhist teachers.
- San Francisco Zen Center - which holds a Zen/Twelve Step meeting on Monday nights. Also access Green Gulch and Tassajara from this site.
- Shambhala Mountain Center a retreat center in the Rockies where I teach. Founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. And here is their blog: ShambhalaBlog.org.
The artist Scott Harrington does Buddhist-inspired art including a painting called "A Burning Desire."