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The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction

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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
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Published (first published March 10th 2009)
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John Pappas
Dec 31, 2011 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
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Darren Littlejohn
May 20, 2009 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
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Mrs. Europaea
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Littlejohn wrote an resource for those in addiction recovery. The 12-Step Buddhist does an excellent job identifying many aspects of recovery, including issues that arise spirituality in the 12 steps that Littlejohn demonstrates drawing on his own personal experiences. More importantly, Littlejohn emphasizes the importance of following the 12-Steps, incorporating both the Steps and the practice of Buddhism to stay healthy in recovery and find peace within yourself and your environment.
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
Rich
Jun 27, 2009 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
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Danielle
Sep 14, 2014 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
Kara
Apr 07, 2009 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 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: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/0...
Todd
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've read on 12 Step Spirituality in a very long time. Incredibly, human, wise and useful. This is my go to guide.
Lisbeth
Sep 21, 2012 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
Chavonne
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get past the second chapter of this book. The author comes off as really arrogant and rubbed me the wrong way.
Cher
Jun 08, 2010 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.
Dharmamitra Jeff Stefani
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recovery and buddhism
Recommended to Dharmamitra Jeff by: Amazon
Shelves: recovery
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.
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Isla
Aug 05, 2016 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
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
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
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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.
Gretchen
Dec 11, 2008 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.
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
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.
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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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