Buddhist Recovery Group


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: 43
Latest Activity: Aug 14, 2022

Discussion Forum


Started by Ronald Reed Slater Oct 4, 2021. 0 Replies

Do you have Zoom meetings?   I'm a SGI member from Springfield, ORContinue

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

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Comment by Kari Carlile on June 29, 2010 at 11:32am
I have found many, many similarities as I advance in my practice and sobriety. For me, it has to do with taking action. I take action by chanting then acting on what I'm chanting about. Staying very active with SGI activities and recovery groups on a regular basis works. In fact, I've found other members in the same mind set after doing this . You are not alone!
Comment by Barbara Walter on June 29, 2010 at 7:54am
I am familiar with the 12 steps concept but how does that balance with our Buddhist practice? I just could not embrace the practice. Thoughts and experience? Guidance that I received identified this as addiction karma. I continue to chant determined to change my karma and create good for myself and others.
Comment by Kari Carlile on June 20, 2010 at 7:31pm
Great Post, Richard!
Comment by Richard Douglas Powell on June 20, 2010 at 6:21pm
I try once again every morning to remember and put the practice of Ho'nin-myo into my daily practice, that is to say to myself, "Today I'm starting all over again, from the top, no matter what" and I find that that ichinen is incredibly liberating, dependent only on the sincerity that I'm bringing to the table. I want to manifest Sensei's sincerity. Nothing in the universe is as strong as his sincerity, hence my own...
Comment by Steven Roberge on June 20, 2010 at 11:17am
Hey Tim, Addiction can manifest in many ways, food, sex, gambeling. Drugs and alcohol just happend to be lethal, socially destructive and often fatal so they get a little more attention. The more I try to understand my own addiction karma the more I realize it comes down to "changing my state". Feelings of love push large amounts of endorphins and dopemine thru our receptors and we feel "high" same effect as meth for me. Your broken heart can lead to addictive behaviors as you try to keep that dopemine flowing without a source. So yes - I think you qualify :)
Comment by Donovan Lauderback on June 15, 2010 at 9:10pm
Hey TVC-16 (is that like TVC-15 the Bowie tune)...
Relationships can be very addictive..so of course you are welcome here!
Comment by Tim Janakos on June 15, 2010 at 12:41am
I'm trying to recover from a broken heart, but I'm never self medicated for it. Does that count?
Comment by Roger Thompson on June 13, 2010 at 6:02pm
Darcey,thanks for the information. I found the group and like that adaptation of the 12-steps the Lotus Recovery group utilizes too...

Comment by Darcey Jane on June 13, 2010 at 5:26pm
FYI there is also a group on here called Lotus Support Group which has the 12 steps adapted for Nichiren Buddhism
Comment by Donovan Lauderback on June 13, 2010 at 9:51am
To Budog...
Wow..I am hoping to arrest my relapse at the 3 year mark. I couldn't imagine going on like this for 10 years..but alas..when we are in the grip..the years, money, people and opportunities to get loaded seem endless! The horrible part for me is when every musical instrument is in the pawn shop (now) and I am contemplating very "out there" ideas to get one more...I am fortunate to know MANY strong people in my local NA org and SGI..I have the support I need, I just need to tap into it. YOU CAN DO IT..just keep it simple. 12 steps was the only thing that ever worked for me to attain any length of recovery. I am also the "sex, drugs and rock-n-roll" guy..been in bands (mostly punk rock) since I was 13. I still love to play music..but luckily the people I play with just drink a bit (and although I know I can't personally drink and recover..alcohol hasn't been my substance of choice since the 90's). Thanks for the suggestions..I had seen those books on google. I have heard Dharma Punx is incredible for those from that scene (like me)..who got caught up. So many of us died staying true..when punk was never about getting loaded..for it was all about self-expression and not being held down by anyone.
And KAREN...WOW..That was a very inspiring post. I am so grateful to have read that today. Know that you are truly helping people near and far. I am so happy that AA has enhanced your relationship with the Gohonzon. My friend who introduced me to SGI has around 7 years clean and he told me the combination of working a strong recovery program and chanting is a POWERHOUSE. He is the happiest and most successful person I know..and he has had all the same problems and issues I have. He just chose to stick with the program when I chose to stray...
I am so glad you pointed the fact that it is impossible for me to give 100% to kosen-rufu if I am loaded.
I know that without the protection afforded by this practice I would be in deep shit. That is nothing less than miraculous. However, I need to take responsibility for my disease and recovery. Karen, your insight has helped greatly and encouraged me to take the next logical step and begin my journey of recovery. "if not now..when"..right.
When I was clean before I didn't have the Gohonzon and always felt there was still something missing in my life. Now I know with the Gohonzon in my life I can conquer this addiction (with a little help from my friends).
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU BOTH for replying with honesty and care.

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