seeking 12 step sponsor

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seeking 12 step sponsor

Postby guyfromlouisiana » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:12 am

I've been in a 12 step recovery group for the past year, and right now I wish I could find a Buddhist sponsor. The reliance upon God, sin, and guilt as motivational tools is ringing increasingly false to me, and I fear it may be obscuring the deeper truths and spiritual practices I need to develop in order to recover.


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Re: seeking 12 step sponsor

Postby Ben » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:23 am

I think thee are a few DW members who have gone through the 12 step program. Hopefully one or more can assist.
Wishing you all the best.
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: seeking 12 step sponsor

Postby bodom » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:50 am

From my experience of going to literally hundreds of meetings you will find that there are many Buddhist's in recovery. My sponsor is a practicing Buddhist. Keep asking around and attending different meetings and you will find one. Best wishes with your recovery.

This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty. Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - Ajahn Chah

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