Recovery Dharma is a peer-led, grass-roots, democratically-structured organization. Our mission is to support individuals on their path of recovery from addiction using Buddhist practices and principles.
We believe that the traditional Buddhist teachings, often referred to as the Dharma, offer a powerful approach to healing from addiction and living a life of true freedom. Our program is based on the idea that every one of us is our own guide in recovery from addiction, with the help and understanding of our wise friends and sangha (community). We believe that’s what the Dharma teaches us. So it’s with great joy and excitement that we come together to build this recovery community and support structure, informed by the spirit of democracy.
We believe that the organization should focus on providing resources to local sanghas who wish to use Buddhist practices and principles for recovery. We believe that each of us must determine our path and practice for ourselves with the support of both local and global communities. There are many texts and teachers in the Buddhist tradition, and many opportunities to learn. Recovery Dharma is based on the idea of choice: that groups and individuals within those groups should be encouraged to explore, to learn, and to understand, following their own path and their own needs. We accept and honor the fact that there are many possible roads to the wise understanding and effort that are part of this practice. We are here to support that exploration, not to limit it.
The ideals, aims, and structure of this organization will be decided by the community itself. Although a transition team has been formed to allow us to incorporate and obtain nonprofit status, one of the first tasks of the new organization will be to support the democratic elections of a board of directors that represents the diversity and breadth of our membership. As a community, we will define the scope and nature of the new organization’s mission.