A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery

A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery

by Kevin Griffin
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A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery by Kevin Griffin

A Burning Desire is a gift for those who struggle with the Twelve Step program's focus on the need to surrender to a Higher Power. Taking a radical departure from traditional views of God, Western or Eastern, author Kevin Griffin neither accepts Christian beliefs in a Supreme Being nor Buddhist non-theism, but rather forges a refreshing, sensible, and accessible Middle Way. Griffin shows how the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, can be understood as a Higher Power. Karma, mindfulness, impermanence, and the Eightfold Path itself are revealed as powerful forces that can be accessed through meditation and inquiry. Drawing from his own experiences with substance abuse, rehabilitation, and recovery, Griffin looks at the various ways that meditation and spiritual practices helped deepen his experience of sobriety. His personal story of addiction is not only raw, honest and engrossing, but guides readers to an inquiry of their own spirituality. In doing so, he poses profound questions, including How can I understand God from a Buddhist perspective?; How can I "turn my will and my life over" as a Buddhist?; How can this idea of God "remove my shortcomings"?; and How do I learn this God's "will"?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401927677
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 623 KB

About the Author

Kevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, the breakthrough book that established him as a leader in the mindful recovery movement. Since its publication, Kevin has toured extensively, giving workshops and lectures at places as diverse as Harlem, the Colorado Rockies, and Hawaii. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he teaches “Dharma and Recovery” at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In addition, Kevin is co-founder and board member of the Buddhist Recovery Network (www.buddhistrecovery.org), an international organization that serves people in the recovery community through training, treatment, and research. He continues to offer workshops, lectures, and retreats around the country.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Dharma God 13

The Higher Power of Karma 19

The Higher Power of Mindfulness 29

The Higher Power of Wisdom 41

The Higher Power of Love 63

The Higher Power of the Eightfold Path 75

The Higher Power of Faith 109

The Higher Power of Presence 117

The Higher Power of Spiritual Awakening 123

The Higher Power of the Group 127

The Mystery 131

Part II The Path of Recovery 135

from Despair to Hope: Step Two 137

Diving in: Step Three 151

Self-Revealing: Step Five 169

Preparing for Freedom: Step Six 175

Letting Go: Step Seven 183

Living the Path: Step Eleven 205

Continuing the Path of Recovery 215

Acknowledgments 217

Resources 219

About the Author 223


Berkeley, CA

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BuckOR More than 1 year ago
Many people enter 12 Step programs reluctantly and one of the things many of them struggle with is "The God Thing." The feeling that the 12 Step process is "too religious." Well, if you are wrestling with trying to find a higher power that works for you, I highly recommend that you read this book. Kevin comes at recovery from a Buddhist perspective, but you certainly don't have to be a Buddhist to get a tremendous amount of guidance and inspiration from this read. He offers a number of things that can be used as a higher power such as wisdom or love or mindfulness and includes such Buddhist concepts as Karma or the Eightfold Path. But whether you are Buddhist or not, I guarantee that if you try to follow these ways of living you will definitely be working the steps. He offers a number of exercises that you can do on your own and gives some very practical advice on meditation. Another aspect that I found extremely helpful is that he devotes a whole section of the book on each of the 12 Steps (numbers 2,3,5,6,7,and 11) that mention the word "God." He presents ways of looking at these steps that take any religiosity out of them and yet strongly maintains the inherent spirituality that is there.
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