Buddhist Recovery Summit 2021

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Links to further information and resources as referenced at Buddhist Recovery Summit 2021


Sit-and-Share Meetings

Fifth Precept Sangha Downloads

Sit-and-Share Topics

Fifth Precept Sangha Helpful Links

Sit-and-Share Guidelines for Sharing

  • Everyone is equally invited to contribute; but ‘sharing’ is optional and
  • You do not have to agree with the topic.
  • There should be no interruptions during individual sharing.
  • There should be no criticism, or personal comments – although a
    response is ok if its relevant
  • Please pause before you share – to provide a space for ideas to become
  • Please try to suspend assumptions and judgement; and not to to convince
  • ‘Sharing’ should not driven by fear of censure or judgement, or by the
    desire for “success”.
  • You are encouraged to be open to the whole experience – the whole is
    greater than the sum of the individual contributions.

Putting these guidelines into effect requires buy-in from all participants – from the whole Group. We do this using the guidelines for Bohmian Dialogue. These are based on principles laid down by David Bohm, a theoretical physicist (b. 1917), an associate of J. Krishnamurti and A. Einstein, and advisor to the Dalai Lama.

Hungry Ghost Retreats

Blogs, Podcasts and Videos

Upcoming retreats and online workshops

The Dharma of Life ~ an attempt at a full list of resources would be endless but here are some suggested reading (and viewing) to widen the perspective

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett

YouTube: How Emotions are Made (Cinematic Lecture)

Being You: A New Science of Consciousness By Professor Anil Seth

TED Talk: Being You: A New Science of Consciousness (TED Talk)

How the Mind Works By Steven Pinker

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World By: Iain McGilchrist

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain By Lisa Feldman Barrett

YouTube: Psycho-logical with Dean Burnett

The Brain: The Story of You By David Eagleman

Secular Buddhism – Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World
by Stephen Batchelor

After Buddhism – Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor

Review: Secular Dharma By Stephen Batchelor

YouTube: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age with Stephen Batchelor

Foundations of Awakening & Recovery

From Hungry Ghost To Being Human – Foundations of Awakening & Recovery with Vince Cullen

From Hungry Ghost To Being Human – Foundations of Awakening & Recovery

A series of talks by Vince Cullen exploring Buddhist-oriented practices and principals that are intended to lead away from avoidable-suffering and to move towards the potential end of avoidable-suffering. The source material is contained in the free ‘From Hungry Ghost To Being Human’ booklet and ‘The Forgiveness Workbook‘.

Avoidable-suffering is universal and takes many forms, however, this series of talks may be of particular interest to anyone currently struggling with the three fires of Cravings, Aversions and Confusions.

This series of online talks ran over 8-weeks and was based on the foundational principles and practices of the Fifth Precept Sangha (Community) as follows:

“For me, these are my personal ‘foundations’ of awakening and recovery.  I say awakening and recovery but they are really the same thing. These ‘foundations’ are the principles and practices that I wish someone had told me 24-years ago when I first woke up to living life without intoxicants.”

Vince Cullen

Truth, Karma and Commitment to Awakening

SAJJA / SACCA – Truth, Karma and Commitment to Awakening

Generosity in Thoughts, Words and Actions

DANA – Generosity in Thoughts, Words and Actions

Living in Harmony: Ethics-Harmlessness-Blamelessness

SILA – Living in Harmony: Ethics-Harmlessness-Blamelessness

Self-love, Self-compassion, Self-appreciation & Self-balance


Transgression & Forgiveness

KHAMA – Transgression & Forgiveness

Mindfulness & Meditation

SATI and BHAVANA – Mindfulness & Meditation

Admirable Friends, Fellowship, Community

SANGHA – Admirable Friends & Fellowship

SUMMARY – “OK, Where Do I Go Now?”

SUMMARY – “OK, Where Do I Go Now?”