“Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.” -Carl Sandburg
Arrived yesterday morning was was lucking enough to take The Architects Tour on the Chicago River. Highly recommend. This evening after the opening remarks by Jean Tull, I've been asked to lead the opening meditation. Leaning towards the equanimity meditation. The rest of the conference agenda proves to chock full of snap, crackle, and pop especially as, [surprise!] Noah Levine has been added at a participant in the two hour State of the State plenary discussion.
Because, as those of you who have attending meeting in the last week are aware, Refuge Recovery, the existing registered nonprofit, will be no more by August 1. It it's place [I'm tempted to write "arising from it ashes" - which might be a bit melodramatic but Phoenicians are, of course, partial to that metaphor] will be to new organizations as alluded to in the JOINT STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF REFUGE RECOVERY AND NOAH LEVINE ET AL. See the complete legal agreement here.
While Refuge Recovery's main FB page has no mention of the upcoming split, discussion has been fast and furious on both Refuge Recovery's closed group page - which will be turned over to one of the new organization's, Noah Levine's Refuge Recovery Word Service [RRWS] - and the group page of the other, Recovery Dharma
Recovery Dharma already has some exciting initial literature including [in draft form] The Dharma of Recovery: Using Buddhist Practice and Principles to End the Suffering of Addiction and suggested meeting script, format, etc. More will be sure to come.
I'll keep you posted.
As Valley Hope Tempe will be closed for Independence Day, this Thursday, July 4th, there will be no Refuge Meeting that night.
Wishing you a peaceful celebration and consideration of our ideal, a home of the brave and land of the free.
This year's Refuge Recovery's 5th Annual Conference is being held in Chicago and is just a couple weeks away, July 12-14. The agenda includes meditation, yoga, workshops, fellowship,and Refuge business and growth. The full program of activities is here.
Seats are still available - find more information and registration here.
More Paths to Successful Sobriety than Just Alcoholics Anonymous, Says New Study
Read about it here!
The latest bulletin from the Board of Directors of Refuge Recovery has dropped and it includes news with regards to RefCon5, our fifth international conference, in July, Refuge Recovery literature, changes to the Board, and the status of the legal dispute with Noah Levine.
Also, for those interested in learning more and sharing ideas and concerns, there's information on, and instructions for, the latest in a series of interactive Zoom video conferences with the Board:
For full details please see the MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS – INTERNATIONAL SANGHA BULLETIN – MAY 2019
Hey Sangha, Refuge Recovery now has the humble beginnings of our NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL 🎥 Please head over there and SUBSCRIBE to the channel, not only to get updates as they come along, but to check out a couple reels from RefCons of the past!
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At last Thursday's monthly business meeting, the attendees unanimously decided to begin a new book for the reading portion of the meeting. To avoid confusion, let me just add that we are not leaving the book Refuge Recovery behind for good - just taking a break from it for a bit. Once we have finished the pre-personal story half of Refuge Recovery, we will begin Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction by Valerie Mason-John and Dr. Paramabandhu Groves with forewords by Gabor Maté and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Eight copies have been ordered for sharing during the meeting. Printed and digital copies are available for purchase at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon, but please note that the print book is slightly cheaper at Barnes & Noble with an expected delivery time of about a week, whereas Amazon also has a [more affordable] Kindle edition but the print book has a significant shipping delay.
This one is hot off the presses - the dateline on this over at The Atlantic is about 20 minutes ago. The Atlantic, IMHO, vies with The New Yorker as the current preeminent publisher of top feature writing. And Olga Khazan has a pretty impressive track record. So, reading this is on my to do list. After grading, course planning, Refuge business meeting prepping, etc. In the meantime, if you get a chance, tell me what you think.
From the website:
This was the first of two meditation sessions of the Kadampa Buddhism class I attended this week near my house in Northern Virginia, and I did not reach nirvana. Since we were in a major city, occasional sirens outside blasted through the quiet, and since this was a church basement, people were laughing and talking in the hallways. One guy wandered in to ask if this was an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The more we focused on our breath, the teacher assured us, the more these distractions would fade away.
Read more at The Atlantic.
Recovery Dharma Phoenix [RRP]
Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. We are a non-theistic Buddhist Recovery & Meditation Community.