The Zen of Recovery

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In this compelling blend of East and West, which has sold 53,000 copies, Mel Ash shows how Zen mind and practice connect to the heart of recovery. Courageously drawing from his lifetime of experience as an abused child, alcoholic, Zen student, and dharma teacher, Ash presents a practical synthesis of AA’s Twelve Steps and Zen’s Eightfold Path.

You don’t have to be Buddhist to appreciate the healing power of THE ZEN OF RECOVERY. The book makes ...
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Overview

In this compelling blend of East and West, which has sold 53,000 copies, Mel Ash shows how Zen mind and practice connect to the heart of recovery. Courageously drawing from his lifetime of experience as an abused child, alcoholic, Zen student, and dharma teacher, Ash presents a practical synthesis of AA’s Twelve Steps and Zen’s Eightfold Path.

You don’t have to be Buddhist to appreciate the healing power of THE ZEN OF RECOVERY. The book makes Zen available to all seeking to improve the quality of their spiritual and everyday life. It also includes practical instructions on how to meditate and put the book into action. Its message will help readers live more profoundly “one day at a time.”

Zen mind connects to the heart of recovery in this compelling blend of East and West. Courageously drawing from his lifetime of experience as an abused child, alcoholic, Zen student, and dharma teacher, author Mel Ash gives readers a solid grounding in the Twelve Steps and the Eightfold Path and shows their useful similarities for those in recovery.

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Editorial Reviews

Shinzen Young
“The effectiveness of the Twelve Step program is well established, but its power is vastly enhanced when the systematic techniques of Eastern meditation are incorporated into the Eleventh Step. THE ZEN OF RECOVERY represents a pioneering effort in addressing this important issue.”
Father Leo Booth
“This most exciting book brings together the wisdom of Zen with the spirituality of recovery. It speaks to the problems of life in an exciting, dynamic, and practical approach—a must-read.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874777062
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 252,168
  • Product dimensions: 7.11 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Mel Ash is a writer, artist, and teacher/performer with a lifelong interest in transformative experience, cultural change, and consciousness. A former authorized Zen teacher in an Asian tradition, he has taught workshops nationally on Zen, Beat spirituality, and alternative psychology.

Present during many cultural shifts, he attended Woodstock as a young teenager, worked at a punk rock paper in the eighties, and is currently active in contemporary alt. culture, exploring the cultural dimensions of spiritual action.

In addition to Shaving the Inside of Your Skull, he is also the author and illustrator of The Zen of Recovery (1993) and Beat Spirit (both published by Tarcher/Putnam). He is currently researching and working on his new book.

He is active in Providence's First Unitarian Church, lives with Sarah Owens-Ash, a Boston radio personality, his two sons, many cats, one newt (no, NOT THAT ONE!), and occasional wayfarers in Providence's "International Neighborhood."

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Yet Another Finger Pointing at the Moon: An Introduction 1
Foundations: The Finger
Hi! My Name Is . . . 13
What is Zen? 31
What is Recovery? 51
The Zen of Recovery: An Interpretation of the Twelve Steps 61
The Zen of Recovery Heart Sutra 91
Reflections: The Pointing
You Are Enlightened Already 97
You Are Dead Already 105
This World is Dream Enough 115
The Emptiness of Love 123
The Fullness of Love 129
Love the One You're With 135
Your Defects are Defective 143
Moment to Moment, A Day at a Time 147
You Have Nothing to Fear 153
Alone Together 159
Inner Child + Inner Monster = Original Face 165
The Further You Go, The Closer You Get 179
Directions: The Moon
Hanging from a Cliff: How to Let Go 187
Killing the Buddha Instead of Ourselves: An Approach to Teachers and Sponsors 193
A Day Without Work is a Day Without Eating: Personal and Global Recovery 199
Sitting Around Doing Nothing, Looking at the Floor: The Spiritual Mechanics of Meditation 211
The Bones of Others 231
Yet More Fingers Pointing at the Moon: Readings and Bibliography 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Wonderful

    My husband steered clear of all Zen reading, sure that it was too strict an area of Buddhist study. This book is absolutely wonderful. It is educational, enlightening, and a great one to keep on your night stand for regular referral. AWESOME reading! Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    Eight Fold Path to the Twelve Steps.

    Wonderful guide to recovery. Explores the 12 steps from the viewpoint of the eight fold path (buddhism). Delightful alternate to Christian system of belief. Clear with great humor and humiltiy. Many in recovery have been helped by this work, including myself.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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