Dr. Paramabandhu Groves, now retired, was for many years a consultant psychiatrist specializing in addiction psychiatry. He trained in medicine at Cambridge University and University College London. He was a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a former chair of the College’s Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group. He has also trained and worked as a Core Process Psychotherapist.
Paramabandhu was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1990. He has lived and taught at the London Buddhist Centre for over 20 years. He is the clinical director of Breathing Space, the health and well-being wing of the London Buddhist Centre, which teaches mindfulness meditation for depression, addiction and for carers. He recently developed Kindness Behaviour Training (KBT) to complement the mindfulness courses at Breathing Space. His publications include Practical Buddhism: Mindfulness and Skilful Living in the Modern Era (Muswell Hill Press, 2013) and Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction (co-authored with Valerie Mason-John, Windhorse Publications, 2014).