Using the Buddha’s teachings to overcome addiction

March 3, 2014
Valerie Mason-John Aka Vimalasara co-author of Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction
Valerie Mason-John Aka Vimalasara co-author of Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery Launched in the UK January 2014. It will launch in the States this month and will be distributed by Consortium. And in Canada too, distributed by Raincoast books.

http://youtu.be/faX2wG-tk5A

One reviewer said: “It’s the best book on Buddhist recovery, because it does not try to fit Buddhism into the 12 step model. It comes directly from the Buddhist teachings, and compliments the 12 step recovery.” As authors we have put the Buddhism back into Mindfulness. While we recognize there is much to be gained from mindfulness that is being presented in the mainstream, however there is … Read more »

Interview

February 2, 2014

Interview with the co author of Eight Step Recovery – Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction

Most of us either know someone who has suffered from some form of addiction or have suffered from addiction ourselves. Why do you think it is so common?

Suffering is Universal. Human nature has an inbuilt tendency toward addiction. I would say that the main reason why we become addicts is that there is some dis-ease deep in our minds, and I think most of us can relate to that experience. Our addictions are usually misguided kindness towards ourselves – we’re trying to take care of something difficult that is arising in our minds. The problem is that … Read more »

Make a plan

January 10, 2014

Red and green pushpin on a mapChristmas is behind us and new year has unfolded for many in all, sorts of interesting ways. How many of us made new year resolutions? And how many of us have broken them already?

I remember as a child being told promises are made to be broken. And soon realized how hard promises were to keep. It was because while I was enthusiastic about a promise and had all intentions of keeping it, I forgot the most important thing: my plan. Promises are only made to be broken if we don’t make a plan.

How many of you have made a plan? A plan is essential for recovery. Without it we will be like the … Read more »

We are what we think

December 2, 2013

This month I share my dharma talk – given on TEDx – it could have been called many names, like the Power of Loving Kindness. I explore through my personal and professional experience how our ‘stinking thinking’ can be our biggest addiction. It is the cause of heedlessness – and it has been said: ‘That those who are heedless are like the dead, and those who are heedful do not die.’ When we are heedful we are mindful, attentive and aware. When we are heedless we are negligent, thoughtless and undmindful.

TEDx Conference in Vancouvr
When we are addicted to our ‘stinking thinking’ we are on the path of the death, there is no room for mindfulness. Yes of … Read more »

Sobriety of mind

November 18, 2013
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 … Read more »

Why meditate?

November 4, 2013

Meditation for Recovery squareOn the 17th of November 2013 I will be releasing the 21 Day Meditation Recovery to listen to or download free. It’s a short course in meditation to accompany our book, Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, which will be published in January in the UK and in March, North America.

For a free sample chapter of Eight Step Recovery – Using The Buddha’s Teachings To Overcome Addiction please email: eightstepsrecovery@gmail.com

Each meditation is about 15 minutes long. It’s a bite-sized length – perfect for people with busy lives who find it hard to make time or if some of you struggle with longer meditations. The meditations cover a … Read more »

Eight Step Recovery

October 7, 2013

Eight Step RecoveryEight Step Recovery – Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, by Valerie Mason-John and Dr Paramabandhu Groves

‘Blending Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery with traditional Buddhist teachings and personal stories, the authors give us a wise and compassionate approach to recovery from the range of addictions. This comprehensive approach will be a valuable tool for addicts and addiction professionals alike.’
Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

Foreword written by Gabor Maté
Publication date 2014

The Eight Steps

Step One: accepting that this human life will bring suffering
Step Two: seeing how we create extra suffering in our lives
Step Three: embracing impermanence to shows … Read more »

International recovery day

September 2, 2013

DharmachakraSeptember 8th is International Recovery Day. Every day is a recovery day for me as I wholeheartedly go for refuge to the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. The more I can place these jewels at the centre of my life, the more I walk the Noble Eightfold path that the Buddhas taught as a way out of our misery.

This path is a way to live our life that will bear the fruits of stillness, simplicity and contentment.

Perhaps choose to focus on one of the stages of the path each week throughout September and October.

detox your heart

For a free sample epub chapter of Detox Your Heart and a sample from Vimalasara's online course on

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The three marks of human existence

August 5, 2013

Three single ranunculus flowers on vintage backgroundWhen we turn our life over to the Dharma, we surrender to the teachings of the Buddha. What are those teachings? There are many, and I encourage you to explore and see what resonates for you. They are all doorways onto the path of liberation, freedom and a new understanding of happiness.

Perhaps one of the most accessible teachings is the three Laksanas (The three marks of human existence.) In brief;

Dukkha (unsatisfactoriness) – suffering comes up time and time and again in the Buddhist teachings, it is the back bone of the Four Noble truths – a teaching that connects all Buddhist traditions. The Buddha taught: (1) that there is suffering, (2) a path … Read more »

What is at the center of your life?

July 1, 2013

ensoIn the 12-step tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous it clearly states in the third step that we need to make a decision ‘ to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a God as we understood him’, if we are to maintain sobriety and abstinence.

Buddhists whether in recovery or not, or have an addiction or not, turn their lives over to the Buddha, Dharma the Sangha. When we surrender to this action, we are placing positive refuges at the center of our lives. We are placing the ideal of liberation and freedom, the teachings of the Buddha and the spiritual community at the center of our lives.

What this means is … Read more »