Recovery – What’s Buddhism Got To Do With It?
Published on the Buddhist Recovery Network
The Buddhist Recovery Network (BRN) will be hosting its next summit in Lacey, Washington September 5-8, 2019. The title of this year’s summit is:
Recovery: What’s Buddhism Got to Do With It?
Come join us at the intersection of Buddhist practice and recovery from addiction. The summit will be a global gathering of teachers, authors, healers, meeting facilitators and practitioners. All recovery paths and Buddhist lineages are welcome.
During the 4-day retreat, we will engage in presentations, group discussion and sharing, practice, networking, collaborating and much more. Some of the topics for this year’s summit include:
- Addressing trauma and creating safe spaces in our sanghas and in the “rooms.”
- Early Buddhist teachings on addiction and recovery. Using stories and suttas from the Pali Canon to address modern challenges.
- Review and experience the many formats for Buddhist Recovery meetings: Refuge Recovery, Heart of Recovery, Eight Step Recovery, 12-step focused, other.
- Buddhist Recovery past, present and future. Where do we go from here? How can the BRN help?
The Summit will be held at the Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey Washington (site of the 2017 summit). Sitting on 29-acres, Gwinwood features 18 acres of forested land, 4 acres of open meadows and 7 acres of undisturbed wetlands, all fronting beautiful Hicks Lake. The summit fee will include accommodations and vegetarian meals.
For more information and to register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AA Agnostica has been publishing articles about Buddhism and recovery since its earliest days. Here are some of them:
Mindfulness and the 12 Steps (2 September 2012)
A Buddhist’s Views on AA (4 August 2013)
Buddhism and the 12 Steps (16 July 2014)
AA as “Stealth Buddhism” (14 December 2014)
The Buddha and Bill W. (11 March 2015)
A Buddhist’s Path to Recovery (24 March 2016)
Buddhist Recovery Summit (6 August 2017)
The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps includes an interpretation of each of the Steps by Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, a practitioner of Buddhism and the author of the book Mindfulness and the 12 Steps.