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12 Steps on Buddha's Path: Bill, Buddha, and We

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12 Steps on Buddha's Path is the extraordinary spiritual journey of a woman once trapped in the downward spiral of alcoholism. Misdiagnosed, Laura Keene was put in a mental hospital and given more than 40 electroshock treatments. Left incapable by the treatments of even speaking a coherent sentence, Keene was released against medical advice and ended up in the back row of ...more
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Published March 10th 2006 by Wisdom Publications
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Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it

Having read a little about Buddhism, I was curious to see if it did any good for someone with serious problems (not to mention my voyeurism). The author was not a Buddhist when she was recovering from her alcoholism (plus 3 suicide attempts and a bit of unnecessary electroconvulsive therapy when the bright lads at a psychiatric hospital confused alcoholism with depression), but in retrospect she saw many parallels and overlaps between the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Buddhism. In

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Steve Woods
I have been delving into the relationship between Buddhism and the 12 Steps. It's working out to be a fascinating journey, confirming all my intuitions. There is a bit about now. Here's one you mightfind useful.
"12 Steps on the Buddhas Path: Bill Buddha and We" Laura S. The first part of this book is her story. She is a middle class professional (no doubt Democrat) American female Control Queen, so the story part is full of 1950' leave it to beaver type shmulz. She called her HP "Honey Pie" for
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Walter Schlillinger
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Combining AA and Buddhism is not new but this well written book presents in clarity how the principles of AA and Buddhism can lead to a very solid spiritual life Once one has completed the 12 steps this book can be used as a stepping stone to a fulfilling spiritual life
The book is divided into two parts the first the story of the anonymous author's experience in living the 12 steps and the second part deals how Buddhism can help the addict live and practice his/her sp
Edward
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Equally moving (as in to tears) and irritating. One wishes for a more thorough understanding of Buddhism. And though Ms S. remains anonymous there is an unrecognized streak of ego that is sometimes laughable. But I will try not to take her inventory. It accomplished one important goal: I am much more curious about Buddhism.
Georgiana
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lovely book... although I came away from it feeling in need of a 'buddhism for dummies' guide. Also, it's not actually by Sylvia Boorstein (who wrote the forward), but by an AA member who has chosen to remain anonymous.
Kat
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Incredibly spiritual and helpful through my own recovery from addictions. I especially loved the synthesis between Buddhism and the 12 steps which just exemplified each message of how to live life properly, with love for oneself and for all beings.
Lanie
Jun 26, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lanie by: Peter
This is a wonderful book, that I am not quite done with yet. It beautifully tells the tale of one woman's spiritual quest while working the 12 steps of AA. It has been thought provoking for me. and helped me to clarify my own thinking about my spiritual life.
Ro
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is blowing my mind. Can't get enough of it.
Really really loved. The only thing I didn't love is that it seemed to end too abruptly. ?
Amy
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Itr is one womans journey and weaves her experience stregth and hope in many areas together well...i like her voice is all
Mo
May 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked her succinct description of metta meditation practice...great stuff for people in 12 step programs who are looking for a different way to express their spirituality.
Sky
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
reading now....so far so good
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