Below is a press release sent out today to all the news papers in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ludington, and the Advanced Community newspapers.
The Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple has received a $5,000 grant from the Frederick P. Lentz Foundation for American Buddhism to support and expand its Buddhist Based Addiction Recovery Program.
The Temple’s Addiction Recovery Program was developed by the Temple itself through the efforts of several of its members who saw the need for an alternative to the traditional 12 step recovery programs. It began with the Temple’s opening in 2011 with an initial meeting of 12 participants. Today over 100 people attend one or more of its now five meetings in Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and Ludington.
The Buddhist Based Addiction Recovery Program is a 12 step program that reflects the Buddhist teachings on personal responsibility, love, kindness, and compassion. It is the only Buddhist based Addiction Recovery Program in West Michigan.
The Frederick P. Lentz Foundation for American Buddhism is headquartered in Los Angeles California. It was established by Dr. Frederick P. Lentz (“Rama”) to foster the growth and development of an authentic American Buddhism that is uniquely suited to the contemporary American society and culture. It promotes Dr. Lentz’ goals through grant making, programming, and his own teachings on tape and video. The Foundation grants up to $5 million a year to those institutions and organizations whose activities support of Dr. Lentz’ vision.
The grants proceeds will be used to expand the Temple’s ability to make the Buddhist Based Addiction Recovery Program more available. In addition, some of the proceed will be used to train additional facilitators on the Temple’s program.
For more information on the Buddhist Based Addiction Recovery Program visit the Temple’s website http://www.grzen.org or call the Venerabl Ahm Koh at 616-437-2310