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Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world.

Refuge Recovery is a systematic approach to training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming. You are entering a way of life that may be familiar to some and foreign to others. In the beginning some of it may seem confusing or counter-instinctual, and some of it is. But you will find that with time, familiarity and experience, it will all make perfect sense and will gradually become a more and more natural way of being.

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    Tonglen Meditation

    Guided Tonglen Meditation from the Refuge Recovery book.

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    Mindfulness of Breathing

    Guided Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation from the Refuge Recovery book.

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    Compassion Meditation

    Guided Compassion Meditation from the Refuge Recovery book.

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    Equanimity Meditation

    Guided Equinimity Meditation from the Refuge Recovery book.

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    Metta Meditation

    Guided metta meditation from the Refuge Recovery book.

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    Speakers: Jannis F.

    Jannis F. spoke at the Wednesday night Refuge Recovery meeting in Berlin, Germany on 11/8/17.

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    Speakers: Casey C.

    Casey C. spoke at the 3rd annual Refuge Recovery Conference in Los Angeles, CA on 6/18/2017.

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    Speakers: Rachael S.

    Rachael S. spoke at the 3rd annual Refuge Recovery Conference in Los Angeles, CA on 6/18/2017.

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    Speakers: Molly R.

    Molly R. spoke at the 3rd annual Refuge Recovery Conference in Los Angeles, CA on 6/17/2017.

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    Speakers: Gary S.

    Gary S. spoke at the 3rd annual Refuge Recovery Conference in Los Angeles, CA on 6/17/2017.

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    Speakers: Taunia K.

    Taunia K. spoke at the Saturday night Refuge Recovery meeting in Nashville, TN on 2/25/2017.

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    Speakers: Jeff C.

    Jeff C. spoke at the Thursday night Refuge Recovery meeting in San Franciso, CA at the San Francisco Gratitutude Center on 1/5/17.

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    Talk & Sit: Mindfulness of Phenomena

    This series of guided meditations accompanied by an overview of the practice follows the standard structure of mindfulness practices outlined in the Buddhas' teaching found with the Satipatthana Sutta.

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    Talk & Sit: Mindfulness of the Body

    The first foundation of mindfulness. This series of guided meditations accompanied by an overview of the practice follows the standard structure of mindfulness practices outlined in the Buddhas' teaching found with the Satipatthana Sutta.

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    Talk & Sit: Mindfulness of Mental States and Emotions

    The third foundation of Mindfulness. This series of guided meditations accompanied by an overview of the practice follows the standard structure of mindfulness practices outlined in the Buddhas' teaching found with the Satipatthana Sutta.

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    Talk & Sit: Mindfulness of Feeling

    What can you "feel" or "know" as being pleasant, unpleasant......or neutral? This series of guided meditations accompanied by an overview of the practice follows the standard structure of mindfulness practices outlined in the Buddhas' teaching found with the Satipatthana Sutta.

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    Talk & Sit: Mindfulness of breathing

    A talk and meditation on Mindfulness of breathing. This series of guided meditations accompanied by an overview of the practice follows the standard structure of mindfulness practices outlined in the Buddhas' teaching found with the Satipatthana Sutta.

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    Talk & Sit: Equanimity

    This comes from a series of talks and instructions given at a retreat in Thailand. The meditation starts approximately 30 minutes into the talk. The series covers all heart practices.

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    Talk & Sit: Appreciation / Gratitude

    Learning to appreciate that which is good. This comes from a series of talks and instructions given at a retreat in Thailand. The meditation starts approx 30 mins into the talk. The series covers all heart practices.

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    Talk & Sit: Forgiveness

    This comes from a series of talks and instructions given at a retreat in Thailand. The meditation starts approx 30 mins into the talk. The series covers all heart practices. Enjoy.

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    Talk & Sit: Compassion

    This comes from a series of talks and instructions given at a retreat in Thailand. The meditation starts approx 30 mins into the talk. The series covers all heart practices.

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    Talk & Sit: Metta

    This is the first in a series of talks and instructions given at a retreat in Thailand. The meditation starts approx 30 mins into the talk. The series covers all heart practices.

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    Talk: Working with Feeling

    This refuge recovery talk outlines the role of “feelings” within the practice of dharma. The buddha presents this as the master key to understanding how we relate to the reality of pleasant, painful and neutral feelings. It can be seen as the core mechanism that drives all of our addictive tendencies.

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