InquiryThis page explores a few ways our community members have worked with the inquiry practice.
The Practice of Inquiry
The inquiry practice is a a tool we use to strengthen our recovery. Inquiry questions can be found throughout the Recovery Dharma book. They can also be found listed together in the Index under Questions for Inquiry (pp 92-102). The questions were written with the vision of combining the wisdom of recovery with the wisdom of the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, and Five Precepts.
As you read the Recovery Dharma book, you are encouraged to write your responses to the inquiry questions. You can then share your written responses with a therapist, wise friend, or mentor.
“We’ve found that it’s useful to make inquiry and investigation a normal part of our everyday routine, especially when we’re feeling uncomfortable emotions or facing tough decisions. We can take a moment to pause and sit with whatever it is we’re experiencing, identify our situation, and just allow it to be there, with compassion and without judgment, and then use the Eightfold Path as a guide to go inward and forward. In any situation, we can ask ourselves: “How can I apply the Eightfold Path?” It can also be beneficial to use the different parts of the Eightfold Path as an end-of-day reflection”
Recovery Dharma, Page 21