Buddhism In Recovery

Vimalasara Mason-John

Vimalasara Mason-John

Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin

Vanessa Wang

Vanessa Wang

Discussion Guide

A Q&A panel with Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the 12 Steps, Vimalasara author of Eight Step Recovery: Using Buddhas Teachings to Overcome Addiction, Vanessa Wang who is a Buddhist scholar and currently serving on the Board of Directors for Recovery Dharma and Buddhist Recovery Network. The talk will be moderated by Recovery Disco's Valentine Darling. Join us as we explore what Buddhist Philosophy can offer to folx both new and seasoned in recovery.

Reflection Questions

Has Buddhism played a role in your journey?
How do you think meditation and mindfulness could help with cravings and attachment to our old ways of thinking?
How has this conversation confirmed or changed any assumptions or perceptions you had about Buddhism?
What new learnings or insights have you written down?

Additional Resources

Eight Step Recovery is an alternative recovery program to the 12 step program of Alcoholic Anonymous. It uses the Buddhist teachings to overcome addiction. Eight Step Recovery, cofounded by Dr, Valerie Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves Ph.D., 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. You can find an Eight Step Recovery Meeting near you.

Recovery Dharma: "We are a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together."
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.
Recovery Disco led by Valentine Darling is a podcast and community that aims to serve and uplift people from any recovery community or modality. We focus on the resources and tools that empower us to create a unified community that invites dancing instead of dogma.