Thursday, February 28, 2013

Buddhism and Recovery with Kevin Griffin

          Weekend Non-residential Retreat 
                       March 23/24, 2013

           Sponsored by the Victoria Insight Meditation Society

             March 23    9 am–4:30 pm;  March 24    9 am-4:00 pm
                   Goward House 2495 Arbutus Rd, Victoria BC.

Kevin Griffin is the author of the seminal 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and the recent A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery.

The Buddha taught that craving is the cause of suffering. Craving may manifest in habitual thought and emotional patterns, compulsive behaviours, and/or addiction to substances.

Join us for a unique non-residential meditation retreat combining traditional Buddhist meditation practices with 12 step work. Using silent insight meditation, interactive exercises, lecture, and discussion, the weekend will explore the ways that Buddhism and the 12 Steps complement each other. Introductory meditation instruction will be offered.

This weekend retreat is open to all who are interested in the area of recovery, whether you are in recovery, a therapist who treats addictive behaviour, or are interested in investigating your own habitual thought and emotional patterns.

Kevin Griffin has been practicing Buddhist meditation for three decades and has been in recovery since 1985. Kevin has been a meditation teacher for over fifteen years. His teacher training was at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he currently leads Dharma and Recovery classes. He is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and a co-founder of the Buddhist Recovery Network. For more information, see

Online Registrations: click here

For inquiries about this retreat email

Cost: There will be an opportunity to offer a donation to Kevin Griffin for his teachings.
Suggested donation to Victoria IMS for expenses: $40. Please offer within your means.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

                               Shambhala Centre

Community Practice Days Monthly from February -May.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of the Shambhala community, stressed the importance of group practice intensives, urging his students to “please participate in the sitting practice of meditation fully.” In this spirit we invite newer and older practitioners alike to join us, free of charge, for any or all of the following full days of practice:
  • Sunday, February 24th
  • Sunday, March 24th
  • Sunday, April 28th
  • Sunday, May 19th
Each day will include alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation, short readings, periods of contemplation, and breaks for lunch, tea, and dinner.
  • 9:00 AM: Opening chants; sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation
  • 12:00 PM: One-bowl lunch, in silence in the meditation hall—lunch provided (donations gratefully accepted)
  • 1:00 PM: Work period, with time for an outdoor walk
  • 2:00 PM: Sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation
  • 3:30 PM: Tea, with functional talking
  • 4:00 PM: Sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation
  • 6:00 PM: One-bowl dinner, in silence in the meditation hall, and cleanup—dinner provided (donations gratefully accepted)
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM: Sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation; closing chants
If you are unable to join us for the whole day, we encourage you to attend one or more full meditation sessions—morning, afternoon, evening.
Ngondro and Werma practitioners are invited to practice in the upstairs shrine room, joining the other practitioners for opening and closing chants, meals, and tea.
For more information, contact Mark Hazell at