“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


The Zen Way of Recovery – Laura Burges

Aug 13, 2023

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In her signature humorous fashion, Ryuko Laura Burges shares wisdom from her latest book: “The Zen Way of Recovery: An Illuminated Path Out of the Darkness of Addiction.
Listen in as she reveals her insights on:

  • How recovery can unshackle the mind to deepen one’s practice
  • The healing power of forgiveness, of self and others
  • Why we don’t have to be limited or defined by the ways in which we have been hurt

Ryuko Laura Burges, a lay-entrusted dharma teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, lectures and leads retreats at practice centers in Northern California. She received monastic training at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen Buddhist Monastery in the United States. Laura taught children for 35 years and mentored other teachers, helping to bring mindfulness practice into the elementary classroom.

Laura is active in recovery, co-founded the Sangha in Recovery Program at the San Francisco Zen Center, and is the abiding teacher at Lenox House Meditation Group in Oakland. Her two children’s books are “Buddhist Stories for Kids” and “Zen for Kids.” Her latest book is “The Zen Way of Recovery: An Illuminated Path Out of the Darkness of Addiction.”