The Buddha said craving is the cause of suffering. Twelve Step programs work with the deepest forms of craving. How can these two traditions come together to deepen our recovery and our spiritual life?
Through a combination of traditional and contemporary Buddhist meditation practices, interactive exercises, lecture, and discussion, this workshop will explore the ways that Buddhism and the Steps complement each other on a path of recovery. We will be delving deeply into the practice of Buddhist insight meditation with plenty of time for question-and-answer periods. We will also do mindful walking, speaking/listening, and eating exercises, as well as group sharing. The goal is to bring a mindful approach to all activities. This quality then informs our recovery and our spiritual growth. There will be time to enjoy the beautiful natural setting, as well as the Esalen hot springs.
This workshop is open to all those interested. You need not be in a Twelve Step program, nor have a background in Buddhist meditation. The workshop will include introductory meditation instructions. Beginners are welcome.
Recommended reading: Griffin, One Breath at a Time and A Burning Desire.