The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast

The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast

Readings and meditations from sacred Buddhist masters. Discussion of methods, techniques and essential principles of Buddhist recovery. Now we're integrating the next level. Are you ready to drop into the deep work? The correct answer is yes! Based on the groundbreaking new book, Compassionate Recovery: Mindful Healing for Trauma and Addictions (2022 Rainbow Light Media). AA deals with the cunning, baffling and powerful nature of addictions. Here, we go down to the roots, with ACEs, Western neuropsychology, and the application of scientifically tested training methods that are based on the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhist, Yoga other systems. Learn to practice easy to follow methods, with powerful effects. Enhance and strengthen your emotional stability in recovery. Discover self-compassion, the wisdom of generosity and more. For a foundation in Buddhist recovery and Dharma recovery, read The 12-Step Buddhist 10-Year Anniversary Edition (2018 Atria\Beyond Words) anywhere books are sold.


March 18, 2023 30 min

What is this Dharma that we are offered to take refuge in? Can it be defined? Continuing our discussion of what, and what not to take refuge in. Now that we have some sense of the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths and basic principles, we'll add the Refuge Field, and all Dharmas in our next Object of Refuge: The Dharma. As always, we'll use the instructions as tools to unlock our realizations and insights that are beyond words and conc...

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This week we continue deepening our understanding of precisely what it means to us to take refuge, in the Buddha, in recovery. Last episode, we discussed the Four Kayas of a Buddha. This episode continues the discussion of Objects of Refuge...

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Work with refuge in our meditations with "objects" to take refuge in. We started the topic on a simple way. Now, we get into the weeds on refuge in this ongoing series. Drawing from a rare translation on Refuge and Bodhicitta by Patrul Rinpoche and having received many teachings on esoteric texts by this amazing master, I comment in terms of the application of refuge in recovery.

The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast: Episode 83
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Two weeks of dental suffering brought my practice, and my sobriety, to the test. This week we take a deeper look at refuge and it's application to our lives as Buddhists in recovery.  More personal sharing this week as I talk about managing pain, with an without an opiate at hand. This is how I dealt with it, in the context of refuge and bodhicitta - compassion, but Supreme, not only relative. https://podcast.compassionaterecovery....

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To understand what is meant by refuge in recovery, we must first understand and integrate some basic Buddhist principles. Intellectual understanding is not sufficient, but we gotta start somewhere. We discuss the meaning of refuge in Buddhism. It There are many lineages and views to consider! It depends on what the Tibetans call Thowa, or the view that the teaching begins with and is based upon. Believe it or not, there are differe...

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If you've ever been to a 12-step meeting, you've probably seen the famous sign, "Easy Does It". Some who've clawed our way out of hell to scratch a morsel of serenity have done so out of sheer force, which can beg the question of how to go easy, when everything has always been hard? Others w/ACEs in recovery may react w/passivity, thus reinforcing a negative action toward ourselves not by what we do, but what we don't do to protect...

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Direct from Peru, Charo Verastegui (María del Rosario Verástegui Schmitt), a fellow practitioner of the Chod, as well as indigenous spiritual practices. See past and future books and episodes for more on Chod as the best tool available to cut the root of attachment, which is the root of addiction. Continuing with Practices of a Bodhisattva, #36.

This is the path of bodhisattvas, yogis and Buddhists in recovery.
"You can judge me, b...

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Addicts are seekers. What do we seek? Transcendence. The mystical. The sacred. Why do we seek the type of experiences that are outside what we call ordinary consciousness? Rather than look for answers out of pure scientific curiosity, we're more likely seeking a way out of suffering, albeit in addictive ways. Yet, when we turn to twelve step programs for refuge, we're often told that suffering is optional. It's a popular meme, but ...

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As addicts in any form of Buddhist Recovery, Dharma Recovery, Refuge Recovery, we try to focus on mindful, compassionate presence in the four moments that Buddha described. Yet, when we have ACEs and are in working with Trauma and Recovery, our resistance seems to persists despite our best efforts. Or is it because of them? Learn how to apply the Backwards Law, and the Law of Inverse Proportion to release our deepest attachments -e...

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We can pretend that we're not angry, but it will make us feel less in control. How does anger affect us in our recovery? We're told in 12-Step meetings that anger is a dubious luxury for "normal" people. Yet it continues to arise and cause problems no matter how long we're sober. How can we deal with the root our anger as Buddhists in recovery to find compassion, peace and ease?

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What is the best thing that we can gift each other? Our mindful, compassionate presence. We discuss the mahayana *(greater) path of dharma, as it applies to recovery from addictions, at any stage. To overcome the root of our addiction, we utilize brain science, trauma psychology and Buddhist practice. In this episode, we will learn and do a practice that considers how to offer something extraordinary.

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Being present with loss and grief. while loss is universal, the experience of grief is individual. it cannot be compared to previous experiences, or those of other people. once we own our own process, grief and loss become part of the path. easier said than done, but this is the path of bodhisattvas, yogis and Buddhists in recovery.

Continuing w the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, #31.

The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast - Episode 074


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celebrating 25 years of sobriety

how the past influences our perception and therefore experience of this infamous now. the holy now. the nowness of now. but is what we think is the now really the present moment, or a pervasive, consistent layer of trauma from the past?

Continuing w the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, #30

The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast - Episode 073

Readings from Internal Family Systems. Richard schwartz, Ph.d


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So called insight meditation practices are perhaps the most widely diffused in the west, in terms of what people think of as buddhism. today we'll expand our view and understand something of value when it comes to the nature and meaning of the next level of dharma teaching as it pertains to concentration, insight into our recovery and ourselves as compassion seeking addicts in recovery. 

The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast - Episode 072


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Emotional Surrender: How to Be Non-Toxic. Addicts are very sensitive, empathic, highly emotional creatures. The inability to be comfortable in our own skin creates suffering that contributes to our addiction and other dysfunction. How does Dharma deal with toxic emotions and people?

Continuing w the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, #28.
Readings from Entering the Way of the Bodhisattva: A New Translation and Contemporary Guide.

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Teachings ask us to practice the perfection or paramita of patience. But as any good addict knows, it's never fast enough for us. We operate on our own time, often expecting the world to warp its perceptions to match ours. Yet, our impatience causes stress, can trigger us out of our Window of Tolerance into Allostatic Overload, leaving us in a state of alarm if not distress. The energy of our impatience extends like a net into the ...

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How does a Buddhist deal with the sex drive, sex roles, morays, expectations, taboos in the dharma, and the dharma of recovery? What role does trauma, particularly sexual trauma, play in our choices, drives as Buddhists in recovery? Why do we repeat the same roles and characters, leaving train wreck after catastrophe in our wake?

Continuing w the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, #26.
Readings from Time Travel: A History.

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How does a Buddha make amends? In 12-Step, we learn the necessity not of insincere apology, but absolute willingness to right the wrongs we've done. Given that we've accumulated infinite negative karmas in our Realm of Desire, just how long do you think your Buddhist amends list would be...

Continuing w the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, #25.
Readings from Longchenpa.

The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast - Episode 068

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If being is one thing and space is another, we suffer. In being space, we create a split between samsara and nirvana. From the beginning of beginningless time, when we separate subject and object, we create infinite causes for suffering. To see space seeing its nothingness, with no reference point or subject that percieves an object...this is the view we try to take.

Continuing w the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, #24.
Readings fr...

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Join me for a special guest meditation. On this episode, we practice together with an excellent instructor in the Dzogchen space. 

The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast - Episode 066

Igor Berkhin is a long-term meditation practitioner, a Buddhist translator, and a teacher authorized by a prominent Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. One of his projects is about how to apply contemplative practices for recognizing and neutralizing psychol...

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