Getting StartedGuides to starting the path of Recovery Dharma
Starting the practice
Here you’ll find concrete steps for beginners to get started, for members to launch their own meetings, and for volunteers to offer service. No matter where you are in your journey, the Practice offers a simple way forward, rooted in your own wisdom.
This path is grounded in our Core Intentions: to create and maintain safe, supportive meetings, and to offer peer-to-peer support, which is given freely in the spirit of generosity.
Recovery Dharma is founded on, and inspired by, Buddhism that originated in India and later on flourished in other regions of Asia (e.g., South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia). We deeply appreciate the Buddhist heritage that was protected and freely offered by the ancestors of these cultures.
These readings highlight the basic practices and principles of our program. Each concept provides an opportunity for deeper understanding, personal inquiry, and practice.
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We have found that one of the sources of deepest healing and connection comes from the practice of sharing what has been so freely offered to us.
Dedication of Merit
We pause at the end of our practice to dedicate the benefits of our efforts to all living beings.
We support meetings by showing up and volunteering for service tasks, such as reading, timekeeping, or facilitating.
We deepen our connections by engaging in service work with our group, inter-sangha, region, and global sangha.
We contribute financially to enable and sustain the efforts of this non-profit, peer-led program in order to support our community of recovering individuals around the world.
We are excited to announce the release of the Second Edition of “Recovery Dharma: How to Use Buddhist Practices and Principles to Heal the...