Meditation in Recovery

Four-week online introductory class

With Tim W and Steven T

Class website now open


“The intersection of meditation and recovery is — the singleness of mind to embrace the next moment as all the universe is asking of you.”


Relief from Suffering begins with recognizing the reality of suffering in our lives. Soto Zen Buddhism and 12-Step Recovery share this initial teaching as well as many other parallel ones that point the way to the cessation of suffering caused by craving.

The Meditation in Recovery online course will introduce you to the intersection of 12-Step Recovery and Soto Zen Buddhism. We will explore the profound similarities between these two disciplines and share insights into how they work together to enrich our lives. We will engage in practices that can help you move through the challenges you face in living in an addictive society and help you establish a spiritual practice that supports your well-being.

This online course offers the safety through anonymity that is part of the 12-Step Recovery tradition and will introduce you to a welcoming community of support that is part of the Buddhist tradition of warm hand to warm hand teaching, while practicing in sangha (community).

Meditation in Recovery has been an ongoing program at San Francisco Zen Center for over 17 years. We now bring this offering online to serve those of you who cannot join us at our San Francisco location. You are welcome to join whatever your level of experience with these two rich traditions.


“Whatever has the nature of arising, has the nature of ceasing.”

–the Buddha, Kimsuka Suta


Tim W received priest ordination in 2013 and has completed the Shogaku Priest Ongoing Training (SPOT) program. A member of the Meditation in Recovery Steering Committee, he has facilitated Meditation in Recovery meetings at City Center for many years and has led Meditation in Recovery retreats at City Center and Green Gulch Farm.

Steven T is a licensed psychotherapist and certified addiction specialist and is the co-founder of a foundation that focuses on creating and delivering therapy and services in the areas of recovery and life transitions. Steven has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 20 years. He was ordained by Dairyu Michael Wenger and served as shuso in 2013.

During Each Week You Will Receive:

Weekly pre-recorded video instruction and coursework that are 20 minutes each.

Interactive online sessions available every Thursday at 6:00 pm PDT: October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16. The sessions are recorded; attending live is not a requirement.

Invitation to join online zazen each morning from 6:30AM to 7:00AM (not required)

Online discussion groups with the Meditation in Recovery community


Course Fees

$89 (member)
$79 (limited income)

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please fill out the online programs application.

To Register:

Please call the SFZC Reservations Office at our toll-free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

This thousand-year old statue of Shakyamuni Buddha shows a rare mudra called the Uttra Bodhi Mudra of Supreme Enlightenment. It symbolizes perfection. The photo was taken by Bill Baker at City Center.