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Buddhist Recovery Christchurch

Who we are

Buddhist Recovery Christchurch operates in association with the Buddhist Recovery Network (BRN). The BRN is an international organisation that “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 Christchurch/St Albans meetings are supported by members of a local Buddhist charity called open Dhamma.


In the Buddhist Recovery 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 teachings of 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.

With the increasing secularity of today’s society, persons in recovery may find it difficult to relate to God-oriented models. Buddhist Recovery meetings offer a different spiritual perspective on the recovery process —the Dharma, the Buddha’s teachings, which are remarkably relevant to the process of recovery. No previous practice or knowledge of meditation or Buddhism is required, and an open mind is always helpful. Instructions on meditation will be provided to those who have not meditated before.

It must be stressed that these meetings are not AA meetings and they are not an alternative to AA meetings (a note here: we use the AA acronym for convenience; we are open to members of other 12 step programs such as NA, OA, SCA, etc). Those who attend Buddhist Recovery meetings are encouraged to carry on with their regular recovery path. In fact it is requested that those attending abstain from their addictive substance or behaviour for at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. It is also strongly suggested that those attending be formally on a recovery path (AA or other). The meetings follow the AA tradition of anonymity and confidentiality: who is seen and what is heard at the meeting, stays at the meeting.

Lastly there are no joining fees: the meetings are ‘not-for-profit’: donation/koha will be gratefully accepted to help with running costs.


A typical meeting will include:

  • A preamble, read by the chair.
  • A check-in.
  • A 20 minute meditation.
  • Reading of relevant material: a book/text on recovery and Buddhism, followed by discussion, and anything that arises from the check-in.
  • A few minute meditation/reflection/contemplation on the discussion, in silence.
  • Meeting ends with recitation of the Serenity Prayer and Transference.

Tea and/or coffe is available throughout the meeting.


We meet weekly at:

Open Dhamma — Maitri

27 Eversleigh Street, St Albans, Christchurch
(Street parking is usually available. Please follow the “Maitri” sign up the driveway to the studio at the back of the garden.)

Contact phone: 022 643 1144 (Text only)
Contact email: buddhistrecoverychristchurch@gmail.com
Day: Fridays (weekly) — Time: 7:15pm to 8:45pm


Documents used in the meetings:

Documents from which we draw inspiration, or that we use as basis for reading and discussion:

“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.”

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