Everyone is welcome to join us in this transformative retreat, part of RDG’s annual “Growth in Recovery” series. In this workshop, we will explore the profound wisdom of the Four Noble Truths, and their relevance and application in the context of recovery from addictions of all kinds.

The Four Noble Truths are a cornerstone of Recovery Dharma and provide a framework that bridges cultural and religious boundaries. Offering deep insights into the nature of suffering and the path toward liberation, these truths provide guidance for the path of understanding, healing and ultimately breaking free from the suffering of addiction.

For those seeking financial assistance, please e-mail: info@recoverydharma.org

Schedule (Eastern Time)

2:00pm-3:00pm: First Noble Truth

3:00pm-3:30pm: Break (30 minutes)

3:30pm-4:30pm: Second Noble Truth

4:30pm-5:00pm: Break (30 minutes) 

5:00pm-6:00pm: Third Noble Truth 

6:00pm-6:30pm: Break (30 minutes)

6:30pm-8:00pm: Fourth Noble Truth


Session Descriptions

The First Noble Truth rests on the understanding that in this life, there is dukkha. However, when dukkha is interpreted solely as suffering, we fail to include the subtle aspects of unsatisfactoriness that’s present even in joyous moments. This limited understanding of the First Noble Truth often skews our engagement with the subsequent Noble Truths and misses the more nuanced and key teachings of Buddhism.

The Second Noble Truth allows us to look at the causes of our suffering. Craving is the result of clinging to impermanent solutions for suffering. Learn about the physiological effects of craving and practice a sampler of techniques to help you surf the urges. Then, connect with community members in small groups to share strategies and create plans to support you when moments of craving arise.

The Third Noble Truth provides hope for people seeking liberation from suffering and is an invitation to explore the transformative potential within to cultivate a life of greater wisdom and compassion. Recovery Dharma members tell us how their recovery is possible. 

The Fourth Noble Truth allows us to follow the path. The Eightfold Path is a way of life that each of us follows and practices to the best of our current understanding and capacity. Our guest speaker will touch on each part of the path and how it relates to ourselves, each other, and our recoveries.