meeting materials

Sample Formats and Scripts

These formats and scripts provide structure to have meetings with others on the Recovery Dharma path.  Like other materials, they have been developed by members to address a diverse range of needs and goals of local groups and inter-sanghas.  These formats are not from the perspective of professionals or Buddhist teachers, but rather from the practice of generosity of peers sharing with each other. 

Basic Formats

The formats and scripts in this folder are from the book or were developed by one of our online sanghas.

Topic Formats and Scripts

These sample scripts were created by sanghas with specific focuses on topics.

Wise Friends and Mentors

This folder includes formats and guides for meetings among inquiry circles, action partners, wise friends and mentors.

Meeting Materials

Direct links to readings used in many Recovery Dharma meetings.

The Practice

An outline of the actions we take as members of this program to help heal ourselves from the suffering of addiction.

The Four Noble Truths

The first, basic teaching from the Buddha that outlines our path of recovery.

Eightfold Path

Eight areas of practice and study.

Core Intentions

Our commitment to standards for how our global sangha operates.


A collection of meditations created by the RD community, an essential tool in our program.

Dedication of Merit

We remind ourselves of the benefits of our practice and then dedicate it to all living beings.

Learn more about starting a Recovery Dharma Meeting

Sangha Group Guide


We cultivate a deeper connection with ourselves through meditation, inquiry, and renunciation of harmful and intoxicating behaviors and substances.


We deepen our understanding of these principles through reading and discussion of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

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We find refuge and cultivate deeper connections with Wise Friends and Mentors who are walking this path with us.

We are decentralized and leaderless, and there are no rules to follow other than that the meeting should be an open, safe, and accessible space that tries to uphold our core principles of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity. The advice in this chapter comes from the collective experience of hundreds of local groups, and so it’s offered in the spirit of friendly guidance rather than direction. 

– Recovery Dharma, Page 52