Beginners GuideWELCOME, WELCOME!
This is a simple, step-by-step introduction to Recovery Dharma.
New to RD? Start at (1) and work your way up at your own speed. We are so glad you are here!
Our community has recorded some basic meditations that you can access here: recoverydharma.org/meditations
For beginners, the heart practice meditations can be highly effective, namely forgiveness and lovingkindness.
Inquiry Circles are small closed groups who meet weekly with a goal of completing their inventories (investigation of the underlying causes of addictive behaviors). These groups offer mutual support, a schedule, momentum, accountability, friendships, co-mentorships, safety, and more. Some people like to do inquiries with a single mentor, some like to do them with an Inquiry Circle.
Finding Refuge in Buddhist Principles / Dharma
— Page 7, Recovery Dharma
Finding Refuge in Our Own Potential / Buddha
Inquiry and Investigation
You’re reading this right now because you had enough wisdom to start seeking the end of the suffering of your addiction. You’ve already taken the first step on the path to your own awakening. Everyone who has made the wise intention to recover, wherever they are on their path, has accessed that pure, wise part of themselves that the wreckage of addiction can never touch.
— Page 1, Recovery Dharma
Many Buddhist ideas are still described in Pāli, or in a very closely related language called Sanskrit, because they are difficult to translate into English. Therefore, the definitions given below are only rough approximations, and it may be beneficial to deepen the understanding of the truths behind these words through reflection and personal practice.