Buddhist Recovery Group

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Buddhist Recovery Group

The BRG is an SGI-USA special interest group that was started in Riverside California in 2009. We have monthly meetings at the SGI-USA Riverside Community Center that focus on recovery, addiction and the application of Nichiren Buddhism.

Location: Riverside, California
Members: 40
Latest Activity: Sep 23

Discussion Forum

Does Anyone Have Nichiren Buddhism Study Material for Recovery?

Started by Matthew David Leichter. Last reply by Kanani Dec 2, 2013. 8 Replies

What passages in the WND do people find helpful? Or perhaps in writings of President Ikeda? Anything that is directly related to recovery?

Recovery and SGI

Started by Kari Carlile. Last reply by Frank M Jun 7, 2013. 2 Replies

I've been sober for 5 years and have been able to do so by utilizing AA and SGI. My Buddhist practice has taught me to listen for the good in others and to keep moving forward in human revolution. Is…Continue

Counselors: A source of Hope (from SGI Quarterly)

Started by Dan. Last reply by Marga Apr 15, 2012. 1 Reply

Subject: A series in which SGI members discuss their approach to theirprofession Counselors: A Source of Hope…Continue

Recovery from a Buddhist Perspective. The 12-Steps of Liberation

Started by Roger Thompson. Last reply by Matthew David Leichter Oct 4, 2011. 8 Replies

1. The truth of suffering - We experience the truth of our addictions, our lives were unmanagable suffering. 2. The truth of the origin of suffering - We admit that we craved for and grasped onto…Continue

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Comment by Kanani on June 6, 2010 at 7:46pm
Norb,
thank you for your encouragement. I am currently in school working on my PhD. This keeps me extemely busy. I am also keeping active with my local SGI group.

I know that when I turn my attention and spare time into chanting, instead of watching TV, my thirst for the casino, drink or other non productive activities are less appealing. I shall win over this addiction. I understand that Nicherin Daishonin says we can attain Buddhahood as we are.. each day that I don't go to a casino is a day of realizing that I am a Buddha and "if I use the money (or financial fortune) wisely, I can be a winner in life... thank you to Darcey for reminding me that "I can do so much more"... k
Comment by Darcey Jane on June 6, 2010 at 6:16pm
Hi all
Glad to be invited to this group!
For me, overcoming my addictive behaviours (one day at a time) has been by focusing on what I DO want rather than what I don't - although it has all been part of the process. I have realised, through many hours daimoku and practice for kosen-rufu, that it is about enjoying a lifestyle that supports my mission as a Bodhisattva of the Earth and that every realm I'm in (family, work, friends) is all part of my practice. This has helped me shift iinternally from a 'deficit' paradigm (I can't have fun anymore because I can't drink/smoke etc...) to "this is more fun and I can do so much more (not in an OCD kinda way tho - yet another addictive behaviour).
It is so empowering to have this practice.
Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Norb Logsdon on June 6, 2010 at 6:01pm
I used to gamble too. I learned about my addictive personality in my recovery and now I know there is no winning in gambling for me, just as sure as I know there is no such thing as ONLY ONE drink. I have also been tobacco free for the past 3 years and WILD HORSES cannot drag me back to that slavery!

I have chanted daimoku many many times for the wisdom and courage to overcome my addictions. To me, my additctions are like looking OUTSIDE my life for my happiness. The gosho tells us that is not Nichiren's buddhism, but some inferior teaching.

I hope my experience will encourage anyone who is dealing with their addiction. It can be done! NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO is like the roar of a lion!
Comment by Juliette Contrera on June 6, 2010 at 4:04pm
I would lke to think that I'm addicted to spending money, I cant seem to kep it for long. Do you think this is an addiction? If so I ned to change my financial fortune.
Comment by Kanani on June 6, 2010 at 3:55pm
when we think of our past lives, I can clearly see mine in this life. I have often asked myself, "why does Tula/Maile (my sisters) have the financial fortune and I am stuck with living like the Konkucho bird". Their addiction is family.. although my family (my sons) were my sole reason for continuing this life, when they left home and had lives of their own, I lost something... even chanting didn't fill those holes.. today, with the help of a 12 step program and SGI, the gaps are gone.. I realize that my sisters EARNED their fortune for this life and I must change my behavior (gambling) in order to KEEP the fortune I have...in this life.. k
Comment by Kanani on June 6, 2010 at 3:50pm
I found that the principles of AA go hand in hand with the concepts of Nicherin Daishonin's Buddhism. I can see the 10 worlds in the 12 steps and vice versa.
I have moved on from alcohol and drug addiction to cha ching... casino/gambling.
Have i applied the 12 steps to that? NO.. why? I think that although I don't want to suffer the consequences of my addiction, I don't want to give up the noise and the hoopla that goes with the casino action. I have sat in those places for 2-3 hours thinking, this is boring, I am going to leave, and then someone hits a jackpot ($1,000 or $10,000) and then the fight is on.. the game becomes an obsession... and my fingers cannot stop pushing the button.. all logical thinking is lost and 10 hours and $1000 (or more) have passed and I am broke, writing another hot check that won't get covered for at least another week, but I now need gas to get home..and enough money for cigarettes and, oh yes... food.. I believe that the Gohonzon has protected me enough to get me safely back to my sanctuary and I wait for another opportunity to recoup my losses..
Comment by Norb Logsdon on June 6, 2010 at 11:40am
I am a recovering alcoholic. I have been sober one day at a time for the past 20 years. My practice is night and day different from when I was drinking. Glad to be here.
Norb
Comment by Barbara Walter on June 6, 2010 at 9:46am
Addiction karma is my obstacle to overcome in this lifetime. And whether it is food, alcohol, substances, actions- really all the same. They interfer with my highest life condition.
 

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