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Sobriety of mind

Join us for 21 days of 15 minute guided meditations
Join us for 21 days of 15 minute guided meditations

Our 21 day Meditation for Sobriety of Mind, Peace of Mind, and liberation from addictive behaviours began on November Sunday 17th. Join us as we take you on a journey of peace and calm using some of the buddhist teachings, mantras, meditations and harmonized compassion phrases. Perfect if you have a busy life. Only 15 minutes long, time enough to help set up a daily practise. It’s said it takes 21 days to break a habit, and so it must take 21 days to cultivate a new habit. Here is a sample of todays. https://www.dropbox.com/s/nmsbx12ah3mzjoc/2.%20metta%205.mp3 If you enjoyed it then do register for free on www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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Dr Valerie Mason-John is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is currently co-writing Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She teaches a weekly meditation class - Meditation for Addiction. She is the author of seven books, including, Detox Your Heart, a book on working with anger, fear and hatred. She is available for talks, seminars, workshops and retreats. Read more articles by .

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Comment from Dharmamitra Jeff
Time: November 19, 2013, 2:52 pm

Addiction + “12-Steps” (a colloquialism for Recovery. Began as 6, then 12, why not 8? It’s enough for Liberation….) + Buddha-Dharma =
“Eight Step Recovery Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction”

I’ve practiced this approach, in the broadest sense, for many years, and have found the Buddhist/Buddhadharma/ Buddha Sāsana invaluable to ‘Real Recovery,’ from Conditioned to Unconditioned–Recovered** from Addiction and Samsara.

A whole to meaning to the ubiquitous 12-Step phrase: “Uniquely Qualified”… and Experienced (Direct Experiential Knowing) with such matters. I’ve been looking forward to learning from Vimalasara’s experience, insight, foresight, and formulation of such methodology.

“…but it happens that because of your own drinking [Addiction] experience you can be uniquely useful to other alcoholics [addicts]. So Cooperate; never criticize. To Be Helpful is our Only Aim.” Excerpt from page 89, Chap. 7; titled: “Working With Others” from ’the basic text’ of “Alcoholics Anonymous” AKA “The Big Book”

As apropos as succinctly summated; the Center of this ‘Sacred Mandala of Recovery from Addiction’ to Alcohol, Nicotine, Caffeine, Benzodiazepines, Opioids, Crack Cocaine…(Drugs), Sex, Relationships, Gambling, Television, Eating, Work, Power, Money, Information, Chocolate, Meditative Absorptions, Hatha Yoga, Exercise, Thrill-Seeking, Rage (Adrenaline, Dopamine, or any Biochemical neurotransmitter/hormones) etc…as is the quintessential Addiction: the Ignorance, Attachment, Inherent Dissatisfactory-Nature (Sankhāra-dukkha) of Conditioned Existence–the ‘Rounds of Rebirth’ AKA Samsara (Saṁsāra).

**The notion that one is ‘ever-recovering’ is unequivocally, incisively resounded, and rejected by the Founders and Authors of the Alcoholics Anonymous Primary Text. Starting with the very first sentence of the “Forward” to the First Edition, and repeated fourteen more times in the following 167 pages. “We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have RECOVERED from the seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.”

Why is this significant in Recovery and the Buddha’s Dharma? I’ll have to save something for the next 20 Days.

‘Sabbe sattā sukhi hontu’
May all being be well!

🙏💚😊✋
~Upāya Dharmamitra

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