The 12step buddhist does an excellent job identifying many aspects of recovery, including issues that arise spirituality in the 12 steps that littlejohn demonstrates drawing on his own personal experiences. A recovery workbook for individuals and groups 1 by griffin, kevin isbn. Pdf how to communicate like a buddhist download full. If you have a group, go to buddhist recovery network and contact them to list your group. Three of the more popular ones include kevin griffins work, one breath at a time. The core buddhist teaching on the four noble truths is a teaching on karma. Pdf buddhist approaches to addiction recovery researchgate. The heroheroines journey new three spiritual gifts on five pathways with ten mission elements. Meetings listing buddhist recovery network united states. I am fully responsible to work my own 12 step program.
Granted the buddhist precepts are more extensive, to be expected since the 12 step focus is very narrow. Tell me about how the 12step program at bzc relates to other such dharmainspired meetings. Enhance recovery from any addiction, by darren littlejohn, is a guide for addicts of any type on how to incorporate buddhist philosophy and practices into a traditional 12step program. As with many twelve step meetings, we are a diverse group of people.
Enhance recovery from any addiction, by darren littlejohn, is a guide for addicts of any type on how to incorporate buddhist philosophy and practices into a traditional 12 step program. There are little flyers there that i booked a table. A comprehensive guide or stick of incense, or playing some soft, ambient musicwhatever helps you get in the zone. While many desperately need the help of the 12step recovery program, the. We did five years of 12 step buddhist recovery meetings in portland, as many years summer and winter retreats at breitenbush hot springs. More importantly, littlejohn emphasizes the importance of following the 12 steps, incorporating both the steps and the practice of. Each month, we discuss one of the twelve steps and how buddhist thought, meditation, and mindfulness practice can be applied to our life in recovery. Refuge recovery is a systematic method based on buddhist principles, which integrates scientific, nontheistic, and psychological insight. Came to believe that a power other than self could restore us to wholeness. A conversation with luke holland, director of brooklyn zen centers 12step sangha program, which meets weekly, bringing together people in recovery from addictions of all kinds to focus on recovery in the context of buddhadharma and the twelve steps.
Jul 16, 2014 three of the more popular ones include kevin griffins work, one breath at a time. Buddha and the 12 steps by kevin griffin healyourlife. They comfort the melancholy one by fi rst showing him that his. Enhance recovery from any addiction by littlejohn, darren isbn. The book takes us on a journey through the steps, examining critical twelve step ideas like powerlessness, higher power, and moral inventory through the lens of buddhism. A workbook for individuals and groups kindle edition by griffin, kevin. If men and women didnt exert themselves to be secure in their persons, made no effort to harvest food or construct shelter, there would be no survival. This is a list of questions for working the 12 step program for recovery from addictive behavior.
Read our newly published introduction and extract order the book order the ebook accompanying the book there will be further led exercises and meditations that you can download. The starting point of both paths, then, is to see the truth. Home read the big book and twelve steps and twelve traditions. Guest speakers from other traditions are joyfully scheduled. Did your parents submit to your whims and immature demands most of the time. While many desperately need the help of the 12step recovery program, the traditional aa models focus on an external higher power can alienate people who dont connect with its religious tenets. On some level, we are attached to what we think will make us happy and we have aversion to what will cause us suffering.
Yoga of 12step recovery meetings are now available all over the country. Recovery dharma about starting a meeting with link to download the guidebook, dharma of recovery. For other exercises, see my book one breath at a time. We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics addicts. Personally, i dont believe one can be both a practicing buddhist and a 12step adherent. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. A monthly exploration of addiction and recovery through the lens of buddhism.
While traditional twelvestep programs help addicts become sober by removing the drug of choice and providing a spiritual path, they rarely delve deep into what causes people to suffer in the first place. Kevin griffin has immersed himself in the buddhist and twelve step traditions, and in one breath at a time he gives some surprising and inspiring answers to these questions. I find that its very important to go over your step 8 list with a sponsor or other 12 step member that has worked all the steps someone whom you trust for direction. Pdf the buddha recognized addiction problems and advised his followers accordingly, although this was not the primary focus of his teachings.
When it comes down to it, buddhism is really just a collection of methods and ways of realizing the ultimate truths of this life, and the path to discovering true peace and happiness. Buddhism and the 12 step model of recovery soberrecovery. How to communicate like a buddhist available for download and read online in other formats. The 12 step buddhist podcast began in july, 2008 and has 257, 171 down loads at the time of this writing. And a third is therese jacobsstewarts book, mindfulness and the 12 steps, published in 2010. In a market that is dominated by feel good, inspirational books with wide puppydog eyes and flower gardens, this book stands out like flamethrower at a hayride.
Mar 08, 2017 buddhism and the 12 steps aa agnostica. You are invited to pick those questions that seem most relevant to your recovery and answer them to the best of your ability. We sit in silent meditation together, hear a talk by one of our. Probably an even more common reason for wanting to go through the steps with one breath though is the opportunity to connect our twelve step work with a buddhist understanding. Integrate buddhist and 12 step thought for a path to liberation that is unsurpassable. Buddhist form which probably most mimics this twelve step model is called a kalyana mitta spiritual friends group more about them later. I first help my sponsees determine which amends should be made, and.
From the buddhist perspective of attachment, were all addicted to something. Step four made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. The 12step buddhist is designed to be a complimentary practice to the traditional 12step journey, not a replacement. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. We admitted our addictive craving over alcohol, and recognized its consequences in our lives. A buddhist path to recovering from addiction best ebook online. Or were you afraid not to fight because of pressure from your father or from any older brothers, or others. A mindful guide to recovery for people seeking a new way to approach the 12 step program. Now kevin griffin offers a new approach to the steps informed by buddhist wisdom and timehonored. The site has seen 232,376 visitors since it opened. The first step in buddhism and recovery is letting go. Buddhismtwelve step group guidelines kevin griffin.
Our twopart certification process gives you the tools to create and hold safe and appropriate space for y12sr meetings and yoga. Click like to join the 12 step buddha conversation. The 12 steps originally from alcoholics anonymous are a powerful set of tools to create recovery from any addiction. Enhance recovery from any addiction littlejohn, darren on. Starting a meditation practice can be challenging to people, especially in our fastpaced world. A peaceful path to change, transformation and higher consciousness. Welcome to eight step recovery using the buddhas teachings to overcome addiction to join this space and use the 21 day meditation for recovery. We did five years of 12step buddhist recovery meetings in portland, as many years summer and winter retreats at breitenbush hot springs. More importantly, littlejohn emphasizes the importance of following the 12steps, incorporating both the steps and the practice of. Bill wilson, the founder of aa began the same quest from a different life experience.
In particular, i am looking into working into a 12step program centered around recovery from child abuse andor alanon, but im also interested in peoples experiences in aa or na or any of the programs. The twelve step program big book guide 12 step recovery. The 12 step buddhist does an excellent job identifying many aspects of recovery, including issues that arise spirituality in the 12 steps that littlejohn demonstrates drawing on his own personal experiences. Mindfulness is the fundamental tool offered for practice.
For beyond 50s personal growth talks, listen to an interview with darren littlejohn. That was followed in 2009 by darren littlejohns wellknown work, the 12step buddhist. We have a common interest in meditation practices and how they can inform our recovery from addiction. Needless to say this book provides a more realistic portrayal of addiction and buddhist practice. Aa morning step work this trigger list is designed for newcomers or anyone who has never written down those things that. At this stage of the inventory proceedings, our sponsors come to the rescue. This twelve step workbook guide substitutes terms and phrases related to alcoholism to include any actingout or obsessivecompulsive addiction patterns such as, drugs and all mind altering substances, sugarfoodovereating, nicotine, gambling, sex love pornography, electronic. Mindfulness and the 12 steps therese jacobsstewart. The 12 step fellowships are not affiliated with any particular religious faith. Listen to yourself your internal and external words listen to others speak consciously, concisely, and.
A buddhists insight 12 steps of recovery aa agnostica. Yoga of 12 step recovery meetings are now available all over the country. I find that it is extremely helpful to decide in advance how long. Mindfulness is the fundamental tool offered for practice and is presented in the larger context of buddhist teachings that include the elements of morality and. The story of buddhism begins with the personal journey of a man, siddhartha guatama who sought to find freedom from the bondage of human suffering. Worksheets are buddhismtwelve step group guidelines, mindfulness and the twelve steps, world religions 2, the story of the buddhas enlightenment, hinduism buddhism work, the buddha and his teachings, the substance abuse the recovery workbook, common tibetan buddhist prayers mantras and texts. To read a pdf version of the fourth edition of alcoholics anonymous.
His journey led him to discover nirvana or an enlightened state. Please contact your local meeting organizers before visiting an inperson meeting to confirm. We cant escape it or avoid it, and we cant control it. Jul 03, 20 for beyond 50s personal growth talks, listen to an interview with darren littlejohn. Many people in recovery discover and investigate buddhism as a spiritual path because the 11th step advises us to meditate, and the various buddhist traditions. The author is himself a recovering addict alcohol and narcotics, with two tenyear spans of sobriety to his credit, and experienced a relapse in between. The 12 step buddhist is one of those rare books that transcends genres by seamlessly integrating the 12 step approach, buddhist principles, and a compelling personal struggle with addiction and a quest for spiritual awakening. A recovery workbook for individuals and groups kevin griffin the entire book addresses each of the 12 steps in relation to buddhism, much like the article, while suggesting relevant practices. This twelve step workbook guide substitutes terms and phrases related to alcoholism to include. Our book, eight step recovery will be available from january 2014 in the uk and april 2014 in north america. Possible questions for working a 12 step program of recovery. He is the author of this book that can enhance recovery from any addiction. The 12step buddhist podcast began in july, 2008 and.
That 4 th tuesday of each month at the berkley buddhist monastery there. Coronavirus note due to the covid19 pandemic, inperson meetings may have been canceled or moved online. The author is himself a recovering addict alcohol and narcotics, with two tenyear spans of sobriety to his credit, and experienced a. Find a meeting location or a certified y12sr leader near you. The author, a buddhist meditation teacher and longtime twelve step practitioner, weaves his personal story of recovery with traditional buddhist teachings. This is an open meeting for for all wanting freedom and healing, you need not be in 12 step recovery or buddhist to join us. We sit in silent meditation together, hear a talk by one of our members, and share our re. There are a variety of groups around the country exploring buddhism and recovery. Pdf how to communicate like a buddhist download full pdf. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Darren littlejohn is a best selling author, retreat leader, certified yoga teacher and reiki healing practitioner. The book is based on the 12 steps, intertwining recovery ideas with the buddhist teachings. I spent a while contrasting the buddhist precepts with 12 step, also in excellent accord. Part one als 40 day serendipity journey al kohallek begins his most ambitious undertaking part one covers the first nine steps using the first 164 pages of the big book alcoholics anonymous and the steps form the book 12 steps and 12 traditions.4 69 461 1032 603 372 1049 422 360 720 1341 897 858 1054 1369 186 982 873 830 270 1013 1227 1639 1419 1258 872 657 908 843 517 1280 518 1169 669 685 953 692 605