Spreading the word – Buddhism & Recovery

The Marin Mindful Recovery Group was formed to provide an alternative path for those in recovery from the addictive cycles of dysfunctional living.  We introduce and emphasize teachings from non-traditional Western spiritual practices and bring them into the foreground of the recovery process.   These teachings include various non-theistic practices borrowed from eastern and indigenous religions, modern psychology and new science,  all in support of the recovering persons need to heal from addictive behaviors and afflictions.  In most cases, these practices parallel traditional theistic religions and the 12 Step process.

Our core values and themes come from the Buddha’s central teachings. These ideas include:

  • Fabrication & Identity View:  Modern insight into how our we create a sense of ourselves.  How we identify with our sense experience (thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and mind-states) to create our sense of who we are.
  • How the mind reacts to pleasure and pain.  Seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. How our mind increases our suffering. The mind-body connection. Buddhist teachings on Dependent Origination.  
  • The use of Meditation, Mindfulness, and Awareness to quiet our minds. What the Buddha actually taught about Mindfulness. How this is understood as we relate to both our outer and inner environments. Emptiness.  Nondual perspective.
  • Seeing the Three Characteristics of Experience –  the constant change that is occurring, the selfless nature of experience, and how this creates stress.
  • Karma, Skillful Means, and Present Moment Rebirth.  Hindrances that block our spiritual development?
  • The Four Noble Truths and the Path to Recovery. How to eliminate stress and suffering.

Although principally these teachings come from Theravada Buddhism, other Buddhist and non-Buddhist supporting practices and beliefs are emphasized as these connections can greatly assist in the post-recovery process.  These practices and teachings include:

  • Emphasis on Loving Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy, and Equanimity in our practice.
  • The Tibetan Buddhist Seven Point Mind Training.  Alternative approaches to seeing thru the illusion of self.
  • Understanding aspects of Modern Psychology and Brain Science that support Buddhist training.  Human nature.
  • Service of others and Spiritual Friendship.

These topics are explored in the blog entries, dedicated sub-pages, and resources made available on this site.  It is our deepest intent to carry this message to those willing and interested in discussing these topics, to practice noble friendship and to engage in other noble discussions.  We will continue to develop this forum with this in mind.

The remaining areas of the web site include a blog on subjects that come up as suggested via other portions of the web and our own experiences, a list of resources in the community and in various media formats.   We look forward to any feedback that would aid us in further developing and disseminating these teachings.

 

 

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