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you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


8-Step Recovery – Vimalasara

Jul 11, 2021

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In this question/response session, Vimalasara highlights the 8-Step Recovery Program, consisting of:
1. Accepting that this human life will bring suffering
2. Seeing how we create extra suffering in our lives
3. Recognizing impermanence shows us that our suffering can end
4. Being willing to step onto the path of recovery, and discover freedom
5. Transforming our speech, actions, and livelihood
6. Placing positive values at the center of our lives
7. Making every effort to stay on the path of recovery
8. Helping others to share the benefits I have gained
Dr. Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John MA (hon. doc) is a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community. She is the award-winning author of 9 books, including her most recently published in 2020 "I'm Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin," and is currently editing an anthology "Afrikan Wisdom: Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond" published in 2021. She is also the author of "Detox Your Heart – Meditations for Emotional Trauma," and the award-winning book, "Eight-Step Recovery Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction," with 8-Step meetings in several continents. 

Named as one of the leading African-descent voices in the field of mindfulness approaches for addiction, she has co-founded the accredited program Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR. She works as a dharma teacher, public speaker, professional trainer, and mindfulness teacher. Learn more at https://www.valeriemason-john.com/  

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