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Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

This event is ongoing each Sunday. The page is updated occasionally. Be sure and look for the most recent update below.


The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock is hosting a weekly Buddhist-centered Recovery discussion each Sunday afternoon. The meeting is in the large hall from 1:00-2:15. We most recently used the book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism And The Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin to guide us.  The next book, also by Kevin Griffin, is Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction. It can be purchased in our book store or online. Mr. Griffin is a Vipassana practitioner and his work synchronizes Buddhist teachings and the Twelve Steps quite well.  His approach works both as an introduction to Buddhist thinking for Twelve Steppers and as and introduction to the Twelve Steps for Buddhists.

This group is open to all. No participation in an outside 12-step group is required, nor is adherence to Buddhist teachings. Anyone who is suffering--with addiction or otherwise--might benefit from the discussions. We do honor confidentiality and ask that all attendees keep what they hear and who they see private. 

A quote from the author.

“What makes Buddhism and the Twelve Steps so compatible? The Buddha said that the cause of suffering is desire, and the Twelve Steps try to heal people from desire gone mad: addiction. This connection is the gateway into integrating the two systems. Both ask you to look at the painful realities of life, to understand them, and to use this understanding as the foundation for developing peace, wisdom, faith, and compassion. Both systems culminate in an “awakening” or “enlightenment.”
(Excerpt From: Griffin, Kevin. “One Breath at a Time.” iBooks.)

For questions please contact Karen Wisdom at