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The Four noble truths
The Buddha also taught the way to free ourselves from this suffering. The heart of these teachings is the Four Noble Truths and the corresponding commitments, which are the foundation of our program.
1. There is suffering.
We commit to understanding the truth of suffering.
2. There is a cause of suffering.
We commit to understanding that craving leads to suffering.
3. There is an end to suffering.
We commit to understanding and experiencing that less craving leads to less suffering.
4. There is a path that leads to the end of suffering.
We commit to cultivating the path.
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Ways to practice with the Four Noble Truths
Many of us are familiar with this reading. The next step, however, is to work with these truths as a focus for practice. Here are a few suggestions.
Causes and Conditions
As people engaged in the world, rather than withdrawn from it, we can use Wise Understanding to live without clinging, attachment, or craving. By paying attention to our actions and the results of those actions, we can begin to change where our choices are leading. If we intend to act in ways that have positive results, and if we’re aware of the true intention and the nature of our actions, then we’ll see better results—better meaning less suffering and less harm.
– Recovery Dharma, Page 21
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.
(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.
(Community) We find refuge within the community of others who are walking this path with us.
We attend meetings and cultivate deeper connections with Wise Friends and Mentors.
Like a Map
“It can be incredibly liberating to hear this said so plainly and directly. No one is trying to convince or convert us. No one is telling us we have to believe something. No one is sugarcoating our experience. For once, it feels like we’re being told the truth.
“Like a map that shows us the path, these truths help us find our way in recovery.”
– Recovery Dharma, Page 7