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  1. says:

    I had some trepidation about Darren Littlejohn s book The 12 Step Buddhist In a market that is dominated by feel good , inspirational books with wide puppy dog eyes and flower gardens, this book stands out like flame thrower at a hayride Needless to say this book provides arealistic portrayal of addiction and Buddhist practice Most recovery books that touch on Buddhism either water down the Dharma to a base level like learning yoga just to touch your toes useful but dull or scr I had some trepidation about Darren Littlejohn s book The 12 Step Buddhist In a market that is dominated by feel good , inspirational books with wide puppy dog eyes and flower gardens, this book stands out like flame thrower at a hayride Needless to say this book provides arealistic portrayal of addiction and Buddhist practice Most recovery books that touch on Buddhism either water down the Dharma to a base level like learning yoga just to touch your toes useful but dull or scramble it up to such an extent that it is no longer recognizable as Dharma just some self help dribble with an Eastern flare.Darrin did none of these things On the contrary he represented the Dharma and Buddhist practice as a spiritual edge to an otherwise stale 12 Step process The 12 steps taken by themselves were not enough for complete recovery Instead integration was stressed above all else Integration of Buddhist practice, philosophy and religion into the 12 Steps Philosophy Integration of both meditative and esoteric practices in this case Zen and Tibetan Buddhism Integration of the 12 Steps and Buddhist practice beyond the doors of a Zendo or a AA meeting Integration of a home practice with a sangha practice Integration of you with your own addictions and attachments.While an addict with a Buddhist or contemplative leaning would benefit the most from this book, its presentation leaves plenty to gain from just a superficial understanding of addiction, the 12 Steps or Buddhism and will leave the neophyte withthan cud to chew on from the first few chapters that explore Darren Littlejohn s addiction, his practice of Buddhism and several of his successes and failures to the later chapters that outline an actual integrated practice Far from a motivational speech, the 12 Step Buddhist shows where each aspect of recovery is lacking and how each piece, when working together, can make a much clearer but not necessarily easier road to recovery Whether your addition is as serious and destructive as some of those described in the book or simply an attachment to those things around us, the meditations detailed throughout are a useful tool in the realization and the releasing of those things tying us down.A personal favorite passage from the book was this explanation of karma and a higher power Karma, to me is a spiritual law I can t change it I can choose to ignore it, but that doesn t change the outcome In that sense, karma is a power greater than I am Karma means action Action is cause A cause has an effect The law or principle of karma says there is a cause for everything that exists If there is no cause, there is no effect In fact, the logic of karma can be seen to rule our the possibility of a Creator God, which is the cause but has no cause from The 12 Step Buddhist Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction Take home message from this book We have several facets to our practice Whether we are addicts in the strictest sense of the word or attached to living we need an integrated practice A practice that can include the absolute as well as the relative the esoteric as well as the practical When we disregard these aspects of practice because they don t fit into a preconceived framework we let many facets grow dull that otherwise would shine


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    I wrote this book to flesh out my own thoughts and experiences as a lifetime addict and Buddhist What I m learning as I do workshops and talks about the book is that this process is really just beginning There is a lot to learn and apply My hope is that people around the world will take the journey of the 12 Step Buddhist seriously and in turn create new groups and methods The work is deep and powerful and can be applied by anyone, be they addict, non addict Buddhist or not May it be of ben I wrote this book to flesh out my own thoughts and experiences as a lifetime addict and Buddhist What I m learning as I do workshops and talks about the book is that this process is really just beginning There is a lot to learn and apply My hope is that people around the world will take the journey of the 12 Step Buddhist seriously and in turn create new groups and methods The work is deep and powerful and can be applied by anyone, be they addict, non addict Buddhist or not May it be of benefit d


  3. says:

    Littlejohn wrote an resource for those in addiction recoveryThe 12 Step Buddhistdoes an excellent job identifying many aspects of recovery, including issues that arise spirituality in the 12 steps that Littlejohn demonstrates drawing on his own personal experiences More importantly, Littlejohn emphasizes the importance of following the 12 Steps, incorporating both the Steps and the practice of Buddhism to stay healthy in recovery and find peace within yourself and your environment.


  4. says:

    As is often the case on the journey this book fell into my hands at just the right time I have been involved in Buddhist study and practice for about three years It was Meditation that provided me with the spiritual awakening and since then exploration of Buddhism and how to apply the teachings to my life has been the central focus of my being At the same time I found that I was experiencing some dissatisfaction and frustration with AA, both at meetings and in exchanges with my fellow tra As is often the case on the journey this book fell into my hands at just the right time I have been involved in Buddhist study and practice for about three years It was Meditation that provided me with the spiritual awakening and since then exploration of Buddhism and how to apply the teachings to my life has been the central focus of my being At the same time I found that I was experiencing some dissatisfaction and frustration with AA, both at meetings and in exchanges with my fellow travelers and my commitment to the 12 steps of the program seemed to lose ground in my daily practice Darren Littlejohn shares many elements of my own story and so the identification that was such a huge attraction when I first entered the fellowship was very strong in this instance, both as an alcoholic and as a practicing Buddhist He was able to give voice to many of the feelings I had been experiencing and to point the way to integration of both these spiritual paths that have been so central to my life I feel excited, rejuvenated anddeeply committed than ever to pursuit of freedom from the bondage of self I found the book very accessible and a number of his suggestions very powerful I will be incorporating them into my own daily practice I did find some of the references to Tibetan Buddhism and some of his explorations of that tradition a bit difficult to relate to since my own tradition is drawn from the Thervada school.but hey I have learned through all of this that the AA trinity Honesty Open mindedness and Willingness can be brought to anything and the results are always astounding I will take the Buddhas advice in this regard ehi passiko Australian translation suck it and see I recommend the book to anyone who is involved with the 12 steps and any practicing Buddhist, there is much common ground hers and perspectives that illuminate both ways Read it andshall be revealed


  5. says:

    filter and apply with simpliciy and ease In my autographed copy, Darren Littlejohn wrote I hope the book helps you filter and apply with simplicity and ease That is exactly what this book helps me to do More than just a memoir andthan just a buddhist treatise, this book is a spiritual guide of recovery and the 12 steps My own journey has led me to the 12 steps and like Darren, the god concept worked until it didn t work any Knowing that I needed to continue to grow spiritually filter and apply with simpliciy and ease In my autographed copy, Darren Littlejohn wrote I hope the book helps you filter and apply with simplicity and ease That is exactly what this book helps me to do More than just a memoir andthan just a buddhist treatise, this book is a spiritual guide of recovery and the 12 steps My own journey has led me to the 12 steps and like Darren, the god concept worked until it didn t work any Knowing that I needed to continue to grow spiritually and knowing that the 12 steps had to be the foundation of my recovery, I began looking outside to find strength and hope, to find a path The principles of Buddhism very much fit with my own understanding and so without a guide or a teacher I began to explore I was lead to read the works of Tolle, Joko Beck, Osho, the Dalai Lama and others Still it was difficult to find the words and develop an understanding that satisfied my belief in the 12 steps and my belief in the great reality Darren s book provides a useful tool for applying the 12 steps in a Buddhist practice The meditations on the steps are insightful, moving and incredibly useful The integration of the steps and Buddhist principles provide practical everyday methods that enhance recovery and build on the spiritual journey started by the 12 steps For anyone who struggles with the christian language of 12 step programs, this just might be the book for you Even if you re not a Buddhist, The 12 Step Buddhist is a manual for compassionate spiritual living supplementing the 12 steps while navigating a spiritual path Thanks Darren, you have spoken directly to me in this book and I am forever grateful


  6. says:

    If you find yourself in need of working the 12 steps but want to run out of the room over the Judeo Christian Creator god foundation, this book will show you how to stay with it, that is, if you are on board with the principles of buddhism Before reading this, I really did not understand why I would even want to practice spirituality I believe in science and not fond of religion, to put it mildly The reason for practicing spirituality, from Littlejohn s perspective, is to minimize refrain fr If you find yourself in need of working the 12 steps but want to run out of the room over the Judeo Christian Creator god foundation, this book will show you how to stay with it, that is, if you are on board with the principles of buddhism Before reading this, I really did not understand why I would even want to practice spirituality I believe in science and not fond of religion, to put it mildly The reason for practicing spirituality, from Littlejohn s perspective, is to minimize refrain from causing suffering to yourself and others If you don t practice, according to the Buddhist principles outlined here, you will most likely get stuck in a default position of delusion and ignorance, both which cause suffering For an addict, spirituality is an ongoing practice that keeps your negative thoughts and behaviors in check, the very things that drive you numb out For a person who has to deal with addiction, I know I need something else other than myself, and I trust the wisdom of thousands of years of Buddhism s study of the mind and the many mental states which they have identified that do and do not lead to suffering I see science as confirming that my life is in fact meaningless really there is no purpose to it, so in order to give it purpose the best I can do is try to cause the least amount of suffering to myself and others Well, it s worth a shotas I say begrudgingly


  7. says:

    The journey I have been on to find my path in this short and and sometimes overwhealming existance has lead me to a new friend and his amazing book I have not only been reading the book, but I also take a course which is based on Darren s writings Thank you Darren for giving me the something new for which I had searched.


  8. says:

    I haven t finished this book yet, but I m very disappointed so far About way through, and struggling to keep going with it Very slow and rather self absorbed in places More like a biography than anything else, though some nice pointers and quotes along the way I haven t finished this book yet, but I m very disappointed so far About way through, and struggling to keep going with it Very slow and rather self absorbed in places More like a biography than anything else, though some nice pointers and quotes along the way


  9. says:

    Excellent book on dealing with addiction issues while avoiding the typical Judeo Christian ideologies that often accompany recovery programs My full review


  10. says:

    Best book I ve read on 12 Step Spirituality in a very long time Incredibly, human, wise and useful This is my go to guide.


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The 12-Step Buddhist Author Darren Littlejohn Has Been There And Back, And Presents A Complimentary Guide For Recovery To The Traditional Twelve Step Program, Out Of His Own Struggles And Successes Through The Study Of Zen And Tibetan BuddhismThe Face Of Addiction And Alcoholism Is A Face That Many Have Seen Before It May Be A Celebrity, A Colleague, Or Even A Family Member And Though The Step Program By Itself Can Often Bring Initial Success, Many Addicts Find Themselves Relapsing Back Into Old Ways And Old Patterns, Or Replacing One Addiction With Another Working With The Traditional Step Philosophy, The Author First Shares His Own Life Path, And How He Came To Find The Spiritual Solace That Has Greatly Enhanced His Life In Recovery Then, He Details Out How His Work Integrating Buddhism Into The Traditional Twelve Step Programs Validates Both Aspects Of The Recovery Process While Being Careful Not To Present Himself As A Tibetan Lama Or Zen Master, The Author Shows How Each Step Such As Admitting There Is A Problem, Seeking Help, Engaging In A Thorough Self Examination, Making Amends For Harm Done, And Helping Other Drug Addicts Who Want To Recover Fits Into The Bodhisattva Path This Integration Makes Buddhism Accessible For Addicts, And The Steps Understandable For Buddhists Who May Otherwise Be At A Loss To Help Those In Need The Step Buddhist Is Designed To Be A Complimentary Practice To The Traditional Step Journey, Not A Replacement While Traditional Twelve Step Programs Help Addicts Become Sober By Removing The Drug Of Choice And Providing A Spiritual Path, They Rarely Delve Deep Into What Causes People To Suffer In The First Place The Integration Of Buddhism With The Traditional Process Provides The Wisdom And Meditations That Can Help Addicts Truly Find A Deep, Spiritual Liberation From All Causes And Conditions Of Suffering For Good

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The 12-Step Buddhist
  • Darren Littlejohn
  • English
  • 20 June 2017
  • 1582702233

About the Author: Darren Littlejohn

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