Recovery Group

The Modesto Zen Buddhist Recovery Group is a group that explores the ways in which Zen Buddhist practice supports and strengthens all kinds of 12-step work. We begin with a period of zazen meditation (and instruction for those new to practice), a presentation and discussion by a person in recovery and our sangha’s practice leaders; following discussion from those in attendance, we conclude with a period of zazen. We also hold retreats and other special events, and encourage participation in our larger sangha, Empty Nest Zendo. Our practice is to help members to ‘recover’ their ‘beginner’s mind,’ and live skillfully both on and off the cushion.

*A donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Location: 2301 Woodland Ave, Room 5 (Church of the Brethren campus); Modesto, California

Day(s): First Saturday of each month

Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

: Ezo Wilson, gisoezo AT


tom hawkinsEzo Doug Wilson is also a founding member of the Modesto Valley Heartland Zen Group. He received Lay Ordination in March of 2004 and was ordained a Zen priest in December of 2005. He served as Shuso in 2008. In 2005 Ezo spent nine months at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County and in 2006 did two practice periods at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Ezo currently lives in Modesto and is a carpenter by trade.