Buddhist Recovery and the 8-Fold Path

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Dharma Bum Temple, 4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

NEW MEETING FORMAT - We had a group discussion and decided that this group would like to focus on the core Buddhist teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path and how they relate to recovery. We will study and discuss one teaching for an entire month. Jan-April, each of the Four Noble Truths; May-Dec, each of the Eightfold Path.

Join us for an evening of Dharma practice and discussion. Topics will include the Four Noble Truths, Eight-Fold Path, Mindfulness, Loving-kindness, Compassion and other Buddhist topics all from a recovery perspective.

The purpose of this ongoing weekly group is to support those who want to integrate Buddhist teachings and practices into their recovery.

We encourage the use of mindfulness and meditation and are grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion, and interdependence. Each gathering begins with a period of meditation with instructions. New meditators are always welcome

The Buddhist Recovery Group is open to all people who suffer from any addiction or compulsive behavior and are looking for a comprehensive, transformative path to end their suffering. We are open to people of all backgrounds and recovery paths, including but not limited to all 12-Step programs. This meeting is not meant to be a replacement for but rather a supplement to your recovery program.

“Consider the eight-part program laid down in Buddhism: Right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right living, right effort, right mindfulness and right contemplation. The Buddhist philosophy, as exemplified by these eight points, could be literally adopted by AA as a substitute for or addition to the Twelve Steps. Generosity, universal love and welfare of others rather than considerations of self are basic to Buddhism.” –Spiritual Milestones for Alcoholic Anonymous, Akron Pamphlets (1939)

Suggested readings: Mindfulness and the Twelve Steps, by Therese Jacobs-Stewart, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and The 12 Steps, by Kevin Griffin, as well as The Big Book and The 12 & 12.

*Books are available at “Buddha For You Gift Shop” located downstairs at Dharma Bum Temple. Call 619-582-1100 to reserve a copy!

Free Age limit: All ages