Newsletters, Online Events and Next Year’s Schedule

I am ​offering this invitation to sign-up to a new automated – but very occasional – Newsletter to all ​the many, many email addresses of individuals and organisations that were previously ​stored on too many disparate and unmanageable sources including feedback forms, spreadsheets, and odd scraps of paper​! From this point on, I will only be sending the Hungry Ghost Retreats […]

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Healing & Insight Online

World Wide Insight - Healing and Insight

Buddhist Health and Wellness dharma teachings launching January 2016 This new online initiative will be exploring the sharp edges of suffering through the lens of the buddhist teachings. Including addiction in it’s broadest sense, depression, physical and mental pain, and stress. I will be teaching on January 23, 2016 at 11:00am PACIFIC / 7pm UK Online : Healing & Insight   […]

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Download or read the ‘Hungry Ghost’ Booklet

Hungry Ghost : We are all in recovery from Cravings, Aversions and Delusions.

  ‘Wholehearted Recovery’ is a work in progress. The booklet is intended primarily as a hand-out at ‘Hungry Ghost’ recovery retreats and secondly as an informal Handbook for the Fifth Precept Sangha (see The latest version can be downloaded from:   Should you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to  

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There is no such thing as ‘Buddhist Recovery’

Hungry Ghost Retreats

Although I have used the word ‘recovery’ throughout this website [and the Hungry Ghost booklet], I am increasingly uncomfortable with this term.  The Buddhist universal characteristic of impermanence implies that there is nothing to recover; we are a work-in-progress; we cannot go backwards!   It may be better to describe this process as ‘Life after Addictions’, or simply as ‘Awakening’ or […]

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Personal mentoring is now available

Every attendee at Hungry Ghost retreat is invited to partake of a personal 1-to-1 mentoring interview (usually between 20-30 minutes). Further interview sessions are available by pre-arrangement.  These sessions may be in person face-to-face or via Skype and last 1-hour. There is no cost for these sessions but you are invited to offer Dana as you see fit. Click here […]

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What’s the difference?

'Sit-and-Share' Meetings

What’s the difference between the Fifth Precept fellowship and Hungry Ghost retreats? Fifth Precept Sangha (Fellowship) : is a Peer Led, mutual-help organisation that uses Buddhist mindfulness teachings and practices to help people make a wholehearted recovery from the suffering caused by addictive behaviours. This approach encourages individual commitment to total-abstinence and includes peer led ‘Sit-and-Share’ recovery meetings – Hungry Ghost Recovery Retreats […]

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Cold Turkey in a Hot Climate: Detox Treatment at Wat Tham Krabok

Addiction treatment from a unique Buddhist perspective. I wrote the article ‘Cold Turkey in a Hot Climate: Detox Treatment at Wat Tham Krabok‘ for the special ‘Addiction‘ issue of the Buddhist magazine ‘Inquiring Mind‘ in 2010. It seems like a long time ago now but the content is still just as valid today. This special edition of ‘Inquiring Mind’ also […]

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