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Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction [Kindle Edition]

Valerie Mason-John , Dr. Paramabandhu Groves
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All of us can struggle with the tendency towards addiction, but for some it can destroy their lives. Whether you are struggling to stay off heroin or with an obsessive pattern of thinking that prevents you from leading a more fulfilling life, the same principles – the Eight Steps of this book – apply. These steps take you away from the trouble caused by addictive tendencies, helping you untangle these drives, to discover a richer way of living.

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The Buddha was in recovery . Taking this bold statement as a starting point, this wonderful book shows how we are all addicted to aspects of life and can all benefit from training our minds and hearts to be free of the tyranny of compulsion. The Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) programme draws on a wide range of the Buddha s practical, yet deeply profound, teachings. Over the eight steps you are given a priceless gift the possibility to gain mastery over your mind and heart and find freedom. --Vidyamala Burch, founder and co-director of Breathworks, author of 'Mindfulness for Health'

Through Buddhist teachings, personal experiences, and case examples, this book provides a wise illustration of the fundamental processes underlying a broad range of addictive behaviors. Mason-John and Groves offer here a practical and compassionate step-by-step guide to freedom from the deep trappings and suffering of addiction. --Sarah Bowen, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, author of 'Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide'

The eight steps outlined here provide a simple, wise and practical approach to recovery from a wide range of compulsive patterns of behavior associated with suffering. They provide a spiritual pathway to recovery for people from any faith tradition, as well as for those who are not religious, and for those who suffer from addiction as well as those who are simply aware of the suffering associated with the human condition. This is a book for everyone! --Professor Chris Cook, Director of the Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health, Durham University

About the Author

Vimalasara is a playwright and the author of seven books. She is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and works as a consultant in Conflict Transformation. Dr. Paramabandhu Groves is a consultant psychiatrist working in the National Health Service in the UK, specializing in the field of addiction. He is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2126 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Windhorse Publications Ltd (3 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Addicts in the traditional sense 9 Jan. 2014
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Not just for 'addicts' If you've a habit such as being hard on yourself, comfort eating or overthinking then this is for you. I was lucky enough to have access to the pre release meditations, can certainly recommend it for the guided meditations

Oh yes, and no I'm not a Buddist, you don't need to be to benefit from this great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictions from a different perspective 4 May 2014
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This book was very interesting reading. It tackles addictions from a different and deeper perspective.

Working with addicts one often feels frustrated and at crossroads, unsure how to help the addicted individual move forward. This book offers simple , yet profound ways of moving forward, in a language that is familiar to us all.

It got me thinking about bad habits of mine that I never thought of as addictive before, but that certainly have addictive qualities, and that with simple mindfulness measures, could be overcome.

I found the way the authors talked about "kindness" particularly moving.
I am not a buddhist either, but would like to read some more about those values after reading the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars But this book if you've ever suffered 2 Jun. 2014
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This book is amazing I love it. I've been through a 12 step program which I still do, it didn't contradict anything I've done there but did give me a refreshingly new perspective on addiction and the solution(s) to it. It cuts through a lot of the wishy washy nonsense that you often get on this subject and gives clear cut instruction on how to lessen the suffering which we afflict upon our selves, which is most of it even to the extent of having a 'tools' section at the back. Very helpful to anyone suffering from addiction in any form!!
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Pretty good practical advice for overcoming addiction, concisely presented by the authors with references to Buddhist teachings. However, it does draw rather heavily on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (see e.g. The Mindful Way Through Depression by Kabat-Zinn et al) which is a good general approach to overcoming the mental health issues that often underlie addiction. However, I would not say that this book is inspirational and some of the 'stories' that accompany it are rather trite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deep read 16 April 2014
By Kimberly Wulfert - Published on
I bought this book a month ago and am slowly taking it in. I work with women who are compulsive eaters and want to lose weight. I teach meditation for mind body health and have a mindfulness-based practice as a psychologist. This book is excellent so far and rich in how it weaves both the story of a former binge and purge and drug addicted woman and a doctor who is also Buddhist. They share their way of helping other addicts. It seems to be written more for drug and alcohol addictions, but it's applicable to eating disorders and other addictions with a focus on reducing and overcoming attachment to suffering, the hallmark of the 8 steps in Buddhist tradition. It's informative, easy to understand and stimulating to read in my opinion. I recommend it highly for anyone interested in the Buddhist perspective.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it delivers! 10 April 2014
By Patricia - Published on
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Well-written, simple, practical! Great for people looking for recovery, already in recovery, and even people recovered and wanting to help others recovering. The testemonials are really helpful and give you something to think about. The suggested meditations are simple and appropriate.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you will love it 26 Mar. 2014
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This is an extraordinary book, you have to read it.

Using mindfulness, in every daily activity and every action we make with our body
teaches us and make us reflect about our personal thoughts, automatic reactions, habits, sensations and emotions.

If we are aware of them, we can change them. With love, kindness and compassion.
We don't judge our self, we just accepted as it is.
We don't add suffering and pain to our addictions, or mental patterns.

This book is not only for people who has an addiction, it can be used for all people who wants a change in their lives.
every body can be bennefit from these teachings, and exercises.

This book is a good friend, you can read it several times and find out each time some new teachings.

you will love it. Give it a chance
4.0 out of 5 stars This book does a great job at explaining how one can apply Buddhist philosophy ... 8 May 2015
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This book does a great job at explaining how one can apply Buddhist philosophy to a journey based in recovery. There are many helpful mediations included in the book as well. I will read this book many times as a tool for my own path to recovery. I gave the book 4 stars opposed to 5 because it can be somewhat repetitive, however it is still an excellent read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ,Left me hopeful and calm 19 Mar. 2015
By Annette - Published on
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This book is beautifully written , so insightful , so heartening , and so incredibly helpful . I'm in 12 step programs but I've always had trouble with certain aspects of them
This book cuts right to the heart of what addiction is without calling it a moral failing if Someone doesn't revover through the 12 steps .
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