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The Zen of Recovery [Read] ➲ The Zen of Recovery By Mel Ash – In this compelling blend of East and West Mel Ash shows how Zen mind and practice connect to the heart of recovery Courageously drawing from his own experience as an abused child alcoholic Zen student In this compelling blend of East and West Mel Ash shows how Zen mind and practice connect to the heart of recovery Courageously drawing from his own experience as an abused child alcoholic Zen The Zen Epub / student and dharma teacher Ash presents a practical synthesis of AA's Twelve Steps and Zen's Eightfold PathYou 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 uality of their spiritual and everyday life It also includes practical instructions on how to meditate and put this book into action Its message will help readers live profoundly one day at a time.

10 thoughts on “The Zen of Recovery

  1. Meen Meen says:

    I should probably just make this an always reading bc every so often I get all whacked out wo the external chemicals and need to remind myself that this usually an intimate relationship too is recovery growth change etc Since I've dropped all the supernatural stuff this is about the only 12 Step related book I can read without wanting to poke my eyes out except for Living Sober Trade Edition which is good because it's practical not dogmatic and even with this one I have to remind myself to read and interpret symbolically though it's not too hard to do with Buddhism

  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    Feeling different is one of the symptoms of your human disease Only by being one among many do we find true recovery of our human nature p5When asked if he was a god Buddha replied that he was not 'Are you a saint then?' he was asked He replied that he was not a saint either 'Then what are you?' 'I am awake' was his answer p8I simply disappeared for a second in a void of complete surrender egolessness and nonsuffering p25We sleepwalk through the scripts and sets of our lives only dimly recalling their vague outlines and meanings Always living for a better tomorrow or running from a numbing past we inhabit this present moment like a shabby motel on the way to somewhere else p31'An extreme virtue consists in killing one’s passions A deeper virtue consists in balancing them' uoting Albert Camus p35'Be lamps unto yourselves Rely upon yourselves Seek salvation in the truth alone Everything is transient and passing Seek diligently your own liberation' uoting Buddha p41If you decrease the population of dysfunction and pain by only one meaning yourself you have already made a giant step in saving the whole world p61First we must admit the wrongdoing in regard to ourselves that above all else we were the primary recipients of the worst actions of our disease and that we harmed ourselves nearly irrevocably with the denial of our true original nature Our other actions were simply the mindless thrashings of a wounded animal not malicious or intentional p75We have to empty ourselves of even our darkest secrets in order to become filled with potential Otherwise we remain tainted vessels poisoning every new experience with our denial p76Zen stresses our obligation to spread the message and save all beings from suffering It is not for ourselves alone that we get better p87Even on our deathbeds most of us refuse to stop our denial and wake up still holding resentments and suffering as though they were some great treasure and our own invention and uniue infliction p88Whenever we believe a person place or situation to be bad or good we are cutting ourselves off from half of true experience p105We follow the thoughts and opinions of this mind wherever they take us But we don’t have to We can merely be aware that we’re thinking in the same manner that we’re breathing and let it go at that Thought comes Thought goes Just like the beat of our heart Your heart will probably let you down a lot less than your thinking You already know this to be true for yourself p108We lived in this dream world full of anger and resentment that the real world just didn't understand and wouldn't let our dreams come trueIn our dreaming we were beautiful successful women or handsome wealthy men or anything other than what we really were suffering disease ridden people in the death grip of fatal illusions p119This world seems to demand conformity and ‘normalcy’ of us Even our friends and teachers reinforce the idea that just being ourselves with no apologies is somehow dirty Forget them Cut them loose p136My inner being became to open and vulnerable that it was hard to tell the difference between a healing and a wound p173If we hold our teachers sponsors and even counselors to some kind of spiritual yardstick I fear we’ll all fall short students and clients included Most spiritual teachers are teachers because they’ve recognized their own shortcomings and will readily admit them A true teacher will not claim to be the only store in town selling this product or badmouth his competitors' wares p194How can we ensure that our personal awakening and healing don’t degenerate into a self absorbed narcissistic isolation? p199Whose recovery is this? You have an obligation to share You have an obligation to get better and recover your true self and become a real human being This is your real purpose in being alive You have the obligation to extend your recovery to all beings and all things Together we get sick both as addicts and as a species Together we can get better p201I don’t call my Higher Power anything at all My collection of bargain basement bodhisattvas and Salvation Army saviors reminds me that if I do so I’m already dead and defined unable to flow with the ever changing and passing world The God that can be named is not God p215

  3. Steve Woods Steve Woods says:

    There was some good material in the early parts of this book those that dealt with the Steps and the author gave us his take from what would be his personal Zen Perspective The sections titled reflections and directions were a bit facile and pretentious in parts I experienced sections of the book in those parts as the author being teacher rather than relating his experience in a very personal way at those times the material just didn't have any weight for me It's not that what was being put was false it just didn't connect with me it seeme strained and forced in parts seeking to impress?maybe me rather than Mr Ashe but it would have been a better book if he had kept it condensed around the issue of the relationships between the 12 steps and Zen and left the raves for midnight coffee crawls with the groupies

  4. Ben G Ben G says:

    Lots of useful information particularly for those of us who may struggle with Steps 2 and 3 and 6 and 7 but want to be honest about understanding adopting and accepting the path they lay out It seems from the stories I’ve listened to that a lot of 12 Steppers just gloss over the Godspirituality uestions which reuire meaningful contemplation

  5. Anton Anton says:

    As I am not in AA only zen parts was intresting for me

  6. Mark Mark says:

    I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of the Zen of Recovery Ash has a compelling life story and does a very good job in making important connections between the twelve steps and a non theistic approach to recovery and to Zen in general As a nice side benefit I also really enjoyed learning some things about the Korean school of ZenIf I were to be in the position to give the author some feedback I'd probably tell him after heartily thanking him for making an important contribution to the literature of recoverythat his earnest altogether sincere but excessively exhortational prose style wore thin after a while To paraphrase the counsel of an old time Zen master While you were busy preaching you already received thirty blows

  7. Jenny Jenny says:

    I have had this book since about 1993 I skimmed through the author's take on the 12 steps back then then put it on the shelf Now I am reading it very slowly letting it sink in About half way through I am slowly gaining some understanding of the basic ideas he is putting forth I have a hard time imagining what my life would be like if I did not attach values to everything that happens Good and bad positive and negative are my go to judgements To detach from emotionally judging and ualifying everything seems hard to do But he keeps repeating that the way to this is to meditate and be aware So that is what I am doingFinished it some ideas have been permeating my daily life Lots of food for thought

  8. Colinski Colinski says:

    I don't really agree with a lot of his views on Buddhism and on recovery but all in all I'm glad someone attempted this and this is a hell of a lot interesting than most related books appear to be

  9. Susan Susan says:

    Some people say Bill W studied Buddhism Nah there are universal truths common to AA Buddhism

  10. Leah Leah says:

    Good book Twelve Steps MantraOne Day at a TimeZenBeing ok and aware of this moment Very interesting corellations and enjoyable short read

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