12 Step Recovery Practice
The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock hosts a weekly Buddhist-centered Recovery discussion each Sunday afternoon. The format is as follows:
15 minute silent meditation
30 minute book discussion
30 minute open sharing
Our practice is partially guided by a book that the practice group chooses to read together. Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright is our current book. We have copies available in our bookstore. Pervious books include Recovering Joy and One Breath at a Time: Buddhism And The Twelve Steps, both by Kevin Griffin.
Buddhism and 12 Step Recovery practice meets each Sunday 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
This practice group is open to all. No participation in an outside 12-step group is required, nor is adherence to Buddhist teachings. Anyone who is suffering--with addiction or otherwise--might benefit from the discussions. We do honor confidentiality and ask that all attendees keep what they hear and who they see private.
“What makes Buddhism and the Twelve Steps so compatible? The Buddha said that the cause of suffering is desire, and the Twelve Steps try to heal people from desire gone mad: addiction. This connection is the gateway into integrating the two systems. Both ask you to look at the painful realities of life, to understand them, and to use this understanding as the foundation for developing peace, wisdom, faith, and compassion. Both systems culminate in an “awakening” or “enlightenment.” ~Kevin Griffin, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism And The Twelve Steps