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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get listed.
Bay Area Buddhist Recovery Groups:
- Berkeley Dharma and Recovery, Second Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9:00pm, Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. Led by Walt Opie.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The artist Scott Harrington does Buddhist-inspired art including a painting called “A Burning Desire.”