Fifth Precept Buddhist Recovery Sanghas

Keep sitting - Keep Smiling
Fifth Precept Buddhist Recovery Sanghas
United Kingdom

Type of Teacher: 

Led by Community or CDL-trained teacher

Teacher/s Name/s: 

Vince Cullen + some groups are peer-led

Sangha Offerings: 

Sitting groups
Non-residential retreats (daylong)
Residential retreats (longer than 1 day)
Online Dharma or meditation courses
Web-based resources (MP3s, readings, etc)

Sangha Contact Name: 

Vince Cullen

Sangha Contact Email: 

Contact Phone Number: 

+44 (0) 7909-545-380

Sangha Description: 

The Fifth Precept Sangha (Fellowship) exists to promote a wholly Buddhist approach to recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. It's core principle is the avoidance of suffering through the positive practice of abstinence from all intoxicants.

The Fifth Precept Sangha embraces the 2,600 year old principles and practices of Sajja (Truth), Dana (Generosity), Sila (Ethical living) and Sati (Mindfulness) as a path of recovery; and promotes this through meditation group(s) and recovery retreats. The ancient practices of Metta (Loving-kindness) and Khama (Forgiveness) are actively encouraged both for the well-being they provide and to close the door to relapse as a result of low self-esteem and guilt; and other negative self-beliefs.

There are many 5th Precept Sanghas and peer-led "Sit and Share" groups. They are listed here: Locations include England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Thailand, as well as virtually by Skype.