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.
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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.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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