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The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  276 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The face of addiction and alcoholism is a face that many have seen before -- it may be a celebrity, a colleague, or even a family member. And though the 12-step program by itself can often bring initial success, many addicts find themselves relapsing back into old ways and old patterns, or replacing one addiction with another. Author Darren Littlejohn has been there and ba ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Atria Books/Beyond Words
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John Pappas
Dec 31, 2011 John Pappas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
I had some trepidation about Darren Littlejohn’s book “The 12 Step Buddhist”. In a market that is dominated by “feel good”, “inspirational” books with wide puppy-dog eyes and flower gardens, this book stands out like flame-thrower at a hayride. Needless to say this book provides a more realistic portrayal of addiction and Buddhist practice.

Most recovery books that touch on Buddhism either water-down the Dharma to a base level (like learning yoga just to touch your toes – useful but dull) or scr
Darren Littlejohn
Jul 21, 2009 Darren Littlejohn rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I wrote this book to flesh out my own thoughts and experiences as a lifetime addict and Buddhist. What I'm learning as I do workshops and talks about the book is that this process is really just beginning. There is a lot to learn and apply. My hope is that people around the world will take the journey of the 12-Step Buddhist seriously and in turn create new groups and methods. The work is deep and powerful and can be applied by anyone, be they addict, non-addict Buddhist or not.

May it be of ben
Steve Woods
As is often the case on "the journey" this book fell into my hands at just the right time. I have been involved in Buddhist study and practice for about three years. It was Meditation that provided me with the "spiritual awakening" and since then exploration of Buddhism and how to apply the teachings to my life has been the central focus of my being. At the same time I found that I was experiencing some dissatisfaction and frustration with AA, both at meetings and in exchanges with my fellow tra ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Rich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone

"filter and apply with simpliciy and ease"

In my autographed copy, Darren Littlejohn wrote "I hope the book helps you filter and apply with simplicity and ease." That is exactly what this book helps me to do. More than just a memoir and more than just a buddhist treatise, this book is a spiritual guide of recovery and the 12 steps.

My own journey has led me to the 12 steps and like Darren, the god concept worked until it didn't work anymore. Knowing that I needed to continue to grow spiritually
Sep 14, 2014 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you find yourself in need of working the 12 steps but want to run out of the room over the Judeo-Christian/Creator god foundation, this book will show you how to stay with it, that is, if you are on board with the principles of buddhism. Before reading this, I really did not understand why I would even want to practice spirituality (I believe in science and not fond of religion, to put it mildly). The reason for practicing spirituality, from Littlejohn's perspective, is to minimize/refrain fr ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Isla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great starting point for incorporating your program with Buddhist thought, yoga practice and/or meditations. I used to attend a Buddhist recovery meeting inspired by this book every Friday night. We meditated as a group twice a meeting for about 30 minutes all together, sitting in a circle on the floor, with the sounds of the highway right outside the window. I liked to concentrate on those sounds when they rang that bell, closing my eyes. One time, a pretty blonde high girl arriv ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The journey I have been on to find my path in this short and and sometimes overwhealming existance has lead me to a new friend and his amazing book. I have not only been reading the book, but I also take a course which is based on Darren's writings. Thank you Darren for giving me the "something new" for which I had searched.
Todd Mayville
Jun 28, 2009 Todd Mayville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on dealing with addiction issues while avoiding the typical Judeo-Christian ideologies that often accompany recovery programs. My full review:
Sep 21, 2012 Lisbeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: always-reading
Would keep this at a five were it not for the use of the "alcoholic" model -- not the addict model of NA. Personal stuff, not to worry. A true staple for us Eastern Thinkers
I couldn't get past the second chapter of this book. The author comes off as really arrogant and rubbed me the wrong way.
Jun 08, 2010 Cher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recovery, dharma
I actually learned nothing from this book -the other buddhist-related recovery books are far superior to this one.
Colleen Wainwright
I picked this up after talking with an acquaintance who is a Buddhist in recovery; his passing remarks on how the two frameworks complemented each other piqued my curiosity.

There's lots of good stuff in here, and much of it is in the illumination of the similarities between the paths. For me, though, there was too much; the author has been a student of a few types of Buddhism, and shares so much from so many traditions that the end result was overwhelming, and (for me, anyway), a bit messy. Whi
Billie Pritchett
Darren Littlejohn's 12-Step Buddhist is a Buddhist interpretation and guide for the 12-step programs variously associated with the different Anonymous organizations (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous...). Perhaps one impetus some readers might have for having picked this book is no doubt its approach to the 12-step program that does not make use of a concept of God (Buddhists are not obligated to believe in God). It is not really my impetus for reading the book, how ...more
Dharmamitra Jeff Stefani
Jul 14, 2013 Dharmamitra Jeff Stefani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recovery and buddhism
Recommended to Dharmamitra Jeff by: Amazon
As a Life-Long Spiritual Seeker and Addict, which took me both into recovery (all sorts, but 12-Steps is what i use today, and 'tis true what they say: It Works If Your Work It!
My buddhist oath began over 16 years ago, and the Real Tipping-Point/Critical Mass was attained in December 2012 with the loss of a separate self and the gain of Insight into the True Nature of Reality, which occurred after being sober for a few years, and as i noted, after ~ 15 years as a "devout" Buddhist Practitioner.
Dick Harding
The title is self explanatory. Not being a buddhist, I did not find the book very illuminating, although I did read the entire volume and tried with an open mind. I hope many enjoy the book.
Christopher Cherry
Very disappointed. To much Tibetan Buddhism for me. I prefer a more clinical down to earth approach, Theravada for example. This book is on a high horse and isn't that informative. I guess if you like Tibetan Buddhism you will/should like this. However, I don't. So for that reason I'll give it two stars.
Tia East-lake
I haven't finished this book yet, but I'm very disappointed so far. About way through, and struggling to keep going with it. Very slow and rather self absorbed in places. More like a biography than anything else, though some nice pointers and quotes along the way. ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edited-proofread
I edited this title, and it was a really interesting combination of 12-Step philosophy and Buddhism, which I had never seen before, as 12-Step gets a lot of philosophy from Christianity. I really enjoyed working on this one.
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Darren Littlejohn is a recovering addict and a practitioner of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as a former mental health specialist. He earned a BA in Psych in 1991 and worked in chemical dependency and acute psychiatric care facilities during college. Darren took 2 years of graduate school and earned All But Thesis of a Masters degree in Research Methods for Psychology. He has been a Buddhist p ...more
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