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.

1 comment:

Henry Jordan said...

Meditation creates states of "mindful awareness." Labeling thoughts that come into the mind as one meditates, and learning to observe them without judging, or becoming attached to them, teaches the meditation practitioner to separate these feelings or cravings from the self.

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