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12 step Buddhists

Postby greggorious » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:49 pm

I was wondering if any of you are in the AA or indeed any other 12 step fellowship? I'd love to speak with any of you sometime. I'm having some reservations about the steps as they are very Christian in their terminology, I've had to change sponsors several times as they don't seem to accept my Buddhist principles in the steps.
I'm not asking for medical advice, just wondering if there are any other members of the fellowship here? Feel free to PM me if you wish to remain anonymous.
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Re: 12 step Buddhists

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:56 pm

Hi Greggorious,

Here are some discussions of the 12-step methods with a Buddhist slant:

http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 073#p13422
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 058#p78230

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Re: 12 step Buddhists

Postby greggorious » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:29 pm

Thanks :)
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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Re: 12 step Buddhists

Postby 12stepbuddhist » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:22 am

There are also a lot of articles on http://the12stepbuddhist.com and a book called the 12-Step Buddhist which outlines details of the principles of the 12 steps as they relate to Buddhist principles.
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Re: 12 step Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:10 am

12stepbuddhist wrote:There are also a lot of articles on http://the12stepbuddhist.com and a book called the 12-Step Buddhist which outlines details of the principles of the 12 steps as they relate to Buddhist principles.
That is one of the more confusing websites I have seen in a long time. It looks to be on advert after another, and what is not an advert is haphazardly organized.

Is there on this blog an actual discussion of the 12 step program from a Buddhist perspective?
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People live in one another’s shelter.

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