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Refuge Recovery | A Buddhism-based program for overcoming addiction with Noah Levine

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Courtesy For Goodness SakeNoah Levine will present once again in Truckee, teaching attendees to break free from addictive thought patterns through and#8220;The Four Truths of Refuge Recovery.and#8221;

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Sierra Agape Center and For Goodness Sake present Refuge Recovery with and#8220;Dharma Punkand#8221; Noah Levine on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Truckee Town Hall. Cost is $30 per day, you may attend one or both days. Space is limited, so sign up early at http://www.goodnesssake.org or call 530-550-8981. All are welcome.

Refuge Recovery is ideal for adults and teens as the new school year begins. Noah Levineand#8217;s approach to overcoming addiction includes learning the basics of meditation and how and#8220;The Four Truths of Refuge Recoveryand#8221; come from a Buddhist perspective. Addiction in any form is an outcome of attachment or avoidance. Learn how the Refuge Recovery program teaches us to be compassionate rather than judgmental toward ourselves on our path to releasing addiction.

The Four Truths of Refuge Recovery come from a Buddhist perspective that says and#8220;All beings have the power and potential to free them selves from suffering.and#8221;

1. Addiction creates suffering. We come to understand, acknowledge, admit and accept all of the ways that our addictions or addictive behaviors have caused suffering in our lives. Write an in-depth and detailed inventory of the suffering you have experienced in association with your addictions.

2. Addiction is not all your fault.

We come to understand that all forms of addiction have their roots in the natural human tendency to crave for life to be more pleasurable and less painful than it actually is. The addict is not at fault for the root causes and conditions that lead to addiction, only for the habitual reactive patterns that perpetuate it. Investigate, analyze and share the inventory with your mentor or teacher and come to understand the nature of your addiction/suffering.

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3. Recovery is possible.

Freedom from the suffering caused by addiction is attainable, If we are ready and willing to take responsibility for our actions and to follow the eight-fold path. Take refuge in the community, practice and potential of your own recovery. Study and apply the principles of the eight-fold path and eventually you will come to a verified faith in the path of recovery/awakening through the actions you take on the path.

4. The Eight-Fold Path to recovery.

This is an abstinence-based path and philosophy, we believe the recovery process begins when abstinence begins. The eight factors or folds of the path are to be developed, experienced and penetrated. This is not a linear path, it does not have to be taken in order, rather all of the factors will need to be developed and applied simultaneously. This is a guide to having a life free from addiction and#8212; the eight-folds of recovery will have to be maintained through out oneand#8217;s life.

and#8212; Noah Levine, author of and#8220;Dharma Punxand#8221; and and#8220;Against The Stream,and#8221; is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif.

He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions, and held several successful talks and retreats in the Truckee-Tahoe area.