This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

My Experience In A Buddhist Recovery Meeting

1219 words - 5 pages

I have been in recovery for over 3 years. Throughout that time, I have attended and supported many meetings highlighting 12 step principles. Consequently, as my recovery has evolved, I have sought more spiritual models of recovery, building on the AA principle that addiction is a “spiritual malady” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 2001). As a result of this quest, I have studied various religions, including Buddhism, with Buddhism being the religion I most identify with. Therefore, as a result of my spiritual growth and transcendent pursuits in Alcoholics Anonymous, I decided to attend two Buddhist Recovery meetings.
Before attending Dharma & Recovery, I explored the principles, focus and meeting format of Buddhist recovery. While Dharma & Recovery does not present itself as a 12 step meditation meeting, it does welcome those in 12 step programs. However, it is not allied with any 12 step program. According to buddhistrecovery.com, Buddhist recovery advocates the beliefs that “Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices…help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors,” is “open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, the organization promotes mindfulness and meditation, and is grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence” and “seeks to serve an international audience through teaching, training, treatment, research, publication, advocacy and community-building initiatives” (Welcome, 2013). The focus of Buddhist recovery is meditation, during which “meditators observe and analyze the workings of their own mind” (Stephens, n.d.). The meeting format consists of a 20 minute meditation, a reading from a dharma teacher, a discussion of the reading, and a 10 minute final mediation.
There were several questions I had about Buddhist recovery before the meeting: Do you have to be Buddhist to attend? What type of commitment is required for Buddhist recovery? Are the 12 steps used?
As I walked into the meeting, I was met with a practice quite different than any 12 step meeting I have attended, silence. Everyone appeared to be preparing for meditation, settling into their seats and applying deep breathing techniques. After a brief introduction, where we all stated our names and addictions, 20 minutes were spent in meditation while the leader periodically reminded us to clear our minds of all outside thoughts and concentrate on the here and now. We then listened to a reading from “12 Steps on Buddha's Path: Bill, Buddha, and We” by Laura S., the story of a woman whose recovery was transformed due to her discovery of Buddhism and her personal assimilation of Buddhism and the 12 steps. After the reading, there was an open discussion based on the reading, followed by another short meditation.
Although the practices of the 12 step/medical theory of recovery were perceptible in the meeting, the overwhelming majority, particularly the open discussion, appeared to be guided by the...

Find Another Essay On My Experience in a Buddhist Recovery Meeting

Music Industry in a Battle for Recovery

2127 words - 9 pages In the past two decades, the music industry has been and still is facing a major battle against online piracy and trying to make successful baby steps towards recovery. As a result of this illegal activity conducted allegedly or not, led the recording and distributing companies into economic shock. As stated in 2011 Frontier Economics article, in 2008 “the total commercial value of global music piracy was estimated at close to $40 billion” (qtd

The Storm: My experience as a photographer in a lightning storm

576 words - 2 pages bolt was wide, covering the tops of 3 trees. As I looked up from my screen, I could hear what sounded like applause. The rain was pouring down and dousing the wildfire by the cabin. My parents and grandparents gathered around the computer astounded at the image I managed to capture. For a photographer, an experience like this would have been rewarding. But for me, it almost meant life or death. Later that night, as I looked out the doors one last time, the lightning had not disappeared but rather remained behind the clouds, restrained in its movement.

Field Experience Report Meeting Needs of Special Students in Elementary School

1869 words - 7 pages .2)Learning Disabilities: There are 8 identified children with learning disabilities, and there are 5 who are in the process of being indentified. Four children in this class are classified as autistic, one is developmentally delayed, one has a communication disability, and two are considered "other" health impaired.3)Minorities: The teacher had no information on the quantities, she said that isn't something they pay attention to. Based on my own

My College Plan. A personal experience

575 words - 2 pages         At first I never had wanted to go to college because I didn't like school, but now as I get older I realize that I will need a college education to make it in life. So when the question came up what college would I like to go to? I knew right away that I wanted to go to the University of Kentucky. It is the only college that I would ever considering going to, I love this college with a deep passion. They have my favorite

My Work Experience at a Primary School

1391 words - 6 pages My Work Experience at a Primary School For my work experience I received a placement at Primary School. It is located in Wyke, Bradford and provides education for children aged three to eleven. I attended High Fernley primary school for two weeks; my work placement began on 27 September and ended on 9 October. Each day I arrived at 8.30amand normally finished at 3.10pm; sometimes I would work slightly longer in order

My Experience in the Student Leadership Program

944 words - 4 pages My experience in the student leadership program was interesting and informative. These are two descriptive words that stand out in my mind about the whole program. There were times in the student leadership program when I questioned myself about being part of the class, but I overcame this once I reflected on the many things that we have learned. From the guest speakers to the projects, the class has always kept me thinking. First, the

My Organisational Experience in The Body Shop

3243 words - 13 pages BA (HONS) Business Studies (2008-2011) SECOND YEAR Experiencing organisations assignment LECTURER: MARTIN BROWN SUBMITTED BY: INGA TROFIMOVA (TRO08431937) Submission Date: 15th May'2009 My Organisational Experience in The Body Shop Introduction This essay explores my organisational experience. I have chosen to write about this organisation because I think

My Experience of Tension in Academic Studies

1191 words - 5 pages My first impression when I entered high school was, “it’s not that big of a deal.” The opening to my primary year as a high school student, in the beginning, I thought it was the most fun year in my high school life so far and I thought that it would be like that throughout all four years. To add on, everything was great, I got all A’s for my first semester, my teachers were awesome too. “Life is fun,” was my quote back then. I didn’t get too

So you want to have a positive cultural experience? How to travel by using ideas expressed in "My Sojourn in the Lands of My Ancestors" and "La Relacion"

561 words - 2 pages different culture. Following the stories of “My Sojourn in the Lands of My Ancestors”, “My Sojourn in the Lands of My Ancestors”, and “Of Plymouth Plantation”, you can learn the “do”s and “don't”s of having a cross-cultural experience.In “My Sojourn in the Lands of My Ancestors”, Maya Angelou writes about her experience of traveling to Africa and meeting the tribe that her ancestors belonged

My Horrible Experience of Learning How to Ride a Bike

2235 words - 9 pages I was only ten years old when I began learning how to ride a bike which wasn’t easy for me but got the hang of like any other person would. My family members were annoyed of me constantly asking for someone to teach me. I wanted my own bike just like my sisters and be able to ride along with them and not bother with their rude remarks of not being able to ride a bike. So my father decided to help me learn in front of my building in the summer

Personal Experience: My Weaknesses and Strenghts as a Writer

1931 words - 8 pages vivid imagination, my descriptive vocabulary, and my ability to compose factual pieces of writing. I would say that my imagination has changed and upgraded this year because I have experienced, read, seen, and learned so much in such little time of my life. Reading The Outsiders, Out of the Dust, and To Kill a Mockingbird in class have really given me a fresh egg of pure, imaginative power to experience and use. They have also exposed me to more

Similar Essays

Field Study In A Buddhist Temple

2011 words - 8 pages Buddhist religion is the only break from custom that could be observed. Buddhism is very focused on its community but individual when reaching Nirvana. “Ho! Ye who suffer! Know ye suffer from yourselves. None else compels, none other holds that ye live and die…” (Novak, 59) You are responsible for relieving yourself from suffering. The meeting of a group once a week is in contradiction to this statement. Here you are to hold your

My Experience In Medical School Essay

648 words - 3 pages Internal medical for 2 months. I use to run the follow up of outpatients with my seniors and was able to diagnose and manage ailments such as acute bronchitis, Pneumonia, Pleural Effusion, Hypertension follow up, Gastroenteritis, Pains, etc. also, I worked in ward and learned swiftly all the ward procedures. The most lovable experience during my Internship was when I got chance to work with residents during an emergencies. I use to work 24 hours a

My Experience In English Language Essay

607 words - 2 pages Mint VinojarProf. BryantENGL 1301.8100829 September 2014My Experience in English LanguageI am not a professional reader, nor am I a professional writer. As a matter of fact, I do not like writing at all especially in English, but then writing is a part of life. Since English is my second language, I always have a hard time writing and reading in English.However, I have had to learn English to survive in this big country. I was born in Thailand

My Experience In English Language Essay

607 words - 2 pages Mint VinojarProf. BryantENGL 1301.8100829 September 2014My Experience in English LanguageI am not a professional reader, nor am I a professional writer. As a matter of fact, I do not like writing at all especially in English, but then writing is a part of life. Since English is my second language, I always have a hard time writing and reading in English.However, I have had to learn English to survive in this big country. I was born in Thailand