We are very proud to be publishing Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, and we want to offer you the opportunity to get involved in bringing this book into the world. Publishing is changing – we increasingly need start-up funding in a book’s production and marketing. This is why we ask you to help by making a donation.
Valerie: "These teachings saved my life, and I believe that they will help to save other people’s lives too. So please do help with our campaign. Be part of this new movement of Buddhism and recovery, get on board and help us put the message out there."
As will be clear from the endorsements below, this book will make a substantial contribution to resources for addiction recovery. Please do give generously. You can give the amounts suggested in the perks (right), or you can give an amount that you decide. We will be sending out the perks in January.
- Peter Joseph, Publishing Director, Windhorse Publications
"The eight steps taught here may be seen as eight principles to live by. We begin by accepting that whatever we have suffered – and some do suffer more than others – our pain is not ours alone, not personal, but simply a way life may show up while we are in this world. The other steps lead us away from the path of creating more suffering for ourselves and, gradually, onto the path of compassion for others. It takes practice. In this volume Valerie and Paramabandhu gently introduce us to the practice of breathing and self-awareness, beginning with small increments, until breathing and awareness become the anchors for us being grounded in all the eight steps.”
From the Foreword by Gabor Maté, M.D. author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
"'The Buddha was in recovery.' Taking this bold statement as a starting point, this wonderful book shows how we are all addicted to aspects of life and can all benefit from training our minds and hearts to be free of the tyranny of compulsion. The Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) programme draws on a wide range of the Buddha’s practical, yet deeply profound, teachings. Over the eight steps you are given a priceless gift – the possibility to gain mastery over your mind and heart and find freedom.”
Vidyamala Burch, founder and co-director of Breathworks, author of Mindfulness for Health
“Through Buddhist teachings, personal experiences, and case examples, this book provides a wise illustration of the fundamental processes underlying a broad range of addictive behaviors. Mason-John and Groves offer here a practical and compassionate step-by-step guide to freedom from the deep trappings and suffering of addiction.”
Sarah Bowen, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide
“Blending the MBAR program with traditional Buddhist teachings and personal stories, the authors give us a wise and compassionate approach to recovery from the range of addictions. This comprehensive approach will be a valuable tool for addicts and addiction professionals alike.”
Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps
“The eight steps outlined here provide a simple, wise and practical approach to recovery from a wide range of compulsive patterns of behaviour associated with suffering. They provide a spiritual pathway to recovery for people from any faith tradition, as well as for those who are not religious, and for those who suffer from addiction as well as those who are simply aware of the suffering associated with the human condition. This is a book for everyone!”
Professor Chris Cook, Director of the Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health, Durham University