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Dharma and Recovery Intensive: Buddhism and the 12 Steps

September 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am - September 25, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

This three-day non-residential retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Centeris a unique opportunity to work in an intensive way to open and deepen your recovery.
Daily schedule: 9:30am-4:30pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Over these three days we will work the Twelve Steps using Buddhist teachings and practices, through meditation, lecture, discussion, interactive and written exercises. Students will learn mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation practices that support their recovery. Sessions will explore Twelve Steps themes including:
• Powerlessness,
• Higher Power,
• Inventory,
• Amends,
• Spiritual Awakening.
Buddhist topics include:
• Four Noble Truths,
• Eightfold Path,
• Five Hindrances,
• Five Precepts,
• Three Refuges
• Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
The Buddha’s teachings on craving and letting go will be a particular emphasis as well as self-compassion and loving-kindness.
Each session will include periods of meditation and time for questions. Students will have the opportunity to write and share on recovery topics, as well as developing community in an intimate setting.
We will use the Buddhism & The Twelve Steps Workbook as a framework for working the Steps.


September 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am
September 25, 2016 @ 4:30 pm


Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Woodacre,CAUnited States
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