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Buddhist Recovery Christchurch






Who we are

Buddhist Recovery Christchurch is an outreach of Open Dhamma and is in association with the Buddhist Recovery Network.

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

The Meetings

In these meetings we aim to provide a place where those in recovery from addictive substances or behaviours can explore and develop their recovery from the perspective of the dhamma as taught by the Buddha.

The meetings are open to members of any 12 step program, any professional working with addiction, and any Buddhist practitioner with an interest in the suffering caused by addiction.

We respect all paths to recovery and all Buddhist paths.

We acknowledge the value of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs and recognise that we are not a replacement for them.

We follow the AA guideline of anonymity and confidentiality. Who you see here and what you hear here, let it stay here.

There are no fees or dues, but dana/koha will be gratefully accepted to cover any costs related to the running of the meetings.

Please turn off your cell phones for the duration of the meetings.




The Buddhist Recovery meetings offer a Buddhist perspective to the recovery process, and complement the 12 step program of AA.

They are not an AA meeting and they are not an alternative to AA meetings. Those who attend Buddhist Recovery meetings are encouraged to carry on with their regular recovery path.

The meetings are respectful of all paths of recovery, all Buddhist traditions, and individual Buddhist practice. The meetings are open to members of any 12 step program, or any Buddhist practitioner, and any professional working with addiction.

The meetings are 'not-for-profit', dana/koha will be gratefully accepted to help with running costs.


There are no joining fees.

The meetings will be led by a facilitator and anyone who turns up will be considered a member.

The meetings will follow the AA tradition of anonymity and confidentiality. Who is seen and what is heard at the meeting, stays at the meeting.


It is requested that those attending abstain from their addictive substance or behaviour for at least 24hr prior to the meeting. It is also strongly suggested that those attending be formally on a recovery path (AA or other).

Previous meditation practice is preferable but not required. Basic instruction will be given prior to the meeting, the facilitator must be advised 24hr before the meeting.

Previous knowledge of Buddhism and the dhamma is preferable but not required.

Working a 12 step program to step 11 is preferable but not required.


The meeting starts promptly at 7:15.

  • Preamble is read
  • Check-in (10 minutes total)
  • Meditation (20 minutes)
  • Reading of Step material (see below "San Francisco Zen Center - 9 Essays")
  • Discussion on Step material, and anything that arises from the check-in
  • Sitting/meditation/reflection/contemplation on the discussion, in silence (10 minutes)
  • Meeting ends with recitation of the Serenity Prayer and Transference.
  • Cup of tea

Location and Time

St Albans Community Centre

1047 Colombo St, St Albans, Christchurch
(car park on Caledonian St side, disabled access on Colombo St side)

Contact phone: 0204 121 9715

Contact email: buddhistrecoverychristchurch at gmail dot com

Day: Fridays (weekly)
Time: 7:15pm to 8:45pm



Buddhist Recovery Christchurch - Preamble

Buddhist Recovery Christchurch - Guidelines

Buddhist Recovery Christchurch - Serenity Prayer and Transference

San Francisco Zen Center - 9 Essays: Buddhism & The 12 Step Model of Recovery... Read more >>


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