Fellowship (Kalyāna-mittatā)

Admirable Friends and Spiritual Fellowship 

Joining a ‘recovery’ group of any type is an act of generosity and kindness both for yourself and for the other members of that group. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Buddhist community, a 12-Step Fellowship or a SMART group. As long as you can get and give support as appropriate.

If you decide to join – or even start – a Buddhist recovery group then you might also consider an occasional ‘retreat’ to refresh and energise your recovery and your practice.

In the ancient Buddhist texts, there is a conversation between the Buddha and his cousin and disciple Ānanda in which Ānanda enthusiastically declares,

"This is half of the spiritual life, lord: 
admirable friendship, admirable companionship, 
admirable camaraderie.‘ 
The Buddha replies: 
'Don't say that, Ānanda. Don't say that. 
Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, 
admirable camaraderie is actually 
the whole of the spiritual life."

Recovery groups are:
For mutual support
For sustenance
For community


Related resources:

Buddhist-oriented retreats :  Hungry Ghost Retreats (International)

Mindfulness based retreats :  Nalagiri Mindfulness (Nalagiri House – Ireland)

Topics for contemplation & investigation :  Spiritual Friendship (Kalyana-mittata)

Audio Link : Spiritual Friendship – a talk by Ajahn Succito   (103:40)

Online talks and videos: for example:

Insight Meditation Centre :  www.audiodharma.org
Dharma Seeds :  www.dharmaseed.org/talks/
Against the Stream :  www.againstthestream.org/audio/

Books, downloads and links :        www.buddhistrecovery.org/resources.htm

Buddhist Retreat Centres in the UK and International

The Barn : (a gentle caring introduction to mindful living):   www.sharphamtrust.org/barn/
Gaia House : (for more experienced meditators):  www.gaiahouse.co.uk
London Insight :  (short non-residential retreats):  www.londoninsight.org

Wat Thamkrabok Drug Treatment Center – Thailand
Official website :  www.wat- thamkrabok.org
Independent website :  Thamkrabok-Assistance-and-Recovery-Advice

International Recovery Community – Thailand
New Life Foundation :  www.newlifethaifoundation.com