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 Global acknowledges that our program is founded on, and inspired by, Buddhist heritage that originated in Asia and was passed on by its community. The content of this site reflects the diverse experiences of our members, not the opinions of professionals or Buddhist teachers.
These readings highlight the basic practices and principles of our program. Each concept provides an opportunity for deeper understanding, personal inquiry, and practice.
An outline of the actions we take as members of this program to help heal ourselves from the suffering of addiction.
The Four Noble Truths
The first, basic teaching from the Buddha that outlines our path of recovery.
Eight areas of practice and study.
Our commitment to standards for how our global sangha operates.
A collection of meditations created by the RD community, an essential tool in our program.
Dedication of Merit
We remind ourselves of the benefits of our practice and then dedicate it to all living beings.
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Opportunities for healing begin with the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma (the path), and the Sangha (community).
We take refuge in our own capacity to heal and recover.
We cultivate a deeper connection with ourselves through meditation, inquiry, and renunciation of harmful and intoxicating behaviors and substances.
With the Dharma, or the path, we seek refuge in the Buddhist teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
We deepen our understanding of these principles through, studying these teachings.
One of the most integral supports to our recovery is community, known traditionally as the "sangha" in Buddhism.
We attend meetings and cultivate deeper connections with Wise Friends and Mentors.
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.
Information about our nonprofit organization.
Guides for beginners, new meetings, and volunteers.
Literature, meeting materials, and community guides.
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