Addicted to alcohol, drugs, nicotine,
porn, gambling eating, relationships, etc?
Come and join us.
Discover liberation from this suffering.
– 8: 30 p.m.
Church of the
381 Main Street,
About our Meeting
As part of the Social Action
Project, we would like to welcome you to our 12 Step Buddhist Group, a non-sectarian chapter of the Buddhist
Faith Fellowship of Connecticut. We are a community focused on recovery.
We use both the buddhist
version of the 12 Steps and the Buddha's Eightfold path to help us in our collective journey into a mindful, recovery oriented
lifestyle. You do not need to be in any specific kind of recovery to
participate in the group. We welcome anyone who struggles with the suffering associated with addiction and craving or those
touch by them via family, friends and other relationships, and who seeks to cultivate freedom and peace through living
Our meetings include inspirational Buddhist scriptural readings, silent meditation, mindfulness, prayer and plenty
of discussion. Brief meditation instruction is always given to new guests. In addition, all guests will receive an inspirational gift
book called, A Teaching A Day.
We are a complimentary approach
to recovery. We are not a substitute. Seeing a therapist, doctor, counselor etc. are still advisable and necessary
on the road to full recovery.
In order to see and listen
about this unique community and to learn more about our basic philosophy, visit our 12 Step Buddhist YouTube video.
For Buddhists and Non-Buddhists
You do not need to be a Buddhist
to participate in our group. Anyone can benefit from mindfulness practice and the buddhist teachings. Also, we are a non-sectarian
Buddhist community open to the fundamental teachings accepted by all branches of the Buddhist tradition.
You also do not need to be
in any specific kind of recovery to participate in our group. We welcome anyone who struggles with the suffering associated
with craving and who seeks to cultivate peace through living mindfully.
A Circle of Equals
We are a circle of equals.
No one member is more important than any other. Our group will only thrive if we choose to approach it in a spirit of compassion
and interconnectedness. We ask that members be mindful of one another's anonymity and confidentiality.
Our Guiding Book
Among our guiding books is
The 12 Step Buddhist by Darren Littlejohn. It combines Zen and Tibetan teachings
with the traditional 12 Step program. It shows how Buddhism can enhance the traditional program in order to enrich the recovery
process. This book is available at many local book sellers and Amazon.com. Some copies may be available during the meeting.
Mr. Littlejohn writes in
the introduction that “Buddhism is not a substitute for the 12 Steps…Spiritual work is difficult. When engaging
in deep spiritual practice, you’ll need support in and out of the 12 Step communities. Share this book with your sponsor
(who guides you through the 12 Steps), doctor therapist, spiritual advisor, and family. Use it as part of a comprehensive,
multifaceted recovery program. Such a program includes multiple aspects. Do as many of the following as needed to help with
your recovery and to live to your potential.
- Commit to therapy
- To facilitate therapy, take medications as prescribed by a doctor who understands addiction
and is willing to talk with your therapist
- Exercise your body and mind
- Participate in spiritual groups
- Volunteer in your local community”
Our other inspirational and
guiding books are One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the
12 Steps by Kevin Griffin, Mindful Recovery by Thomas Bien, and The Zen of Recovery by Mel Ash.
Contact Us & Join
If you are interested in
participating or are looking for more information about our Buddhist 12 Step Group or joining our 12 Step e-mailing
list, please contact us at
Directions & Parking
There is plenty of street
parking in front of and in the parking lot in the rear of the church. Just walk in. You cannot miss
For directions to the Church
of the Holy Trinity, see Google Maps below.