• Recovery Dharma

  • How to Use Buddhist Practices and Principles to Heal the Suffering of Addiction
  • By: Recovery Dharma
  • Narrated by: Ken Veenstra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the Buddhist tradition, "dharma" means "truth" or "the way things are". This audiobook describes a way to free ourselves from the suffering of addiction using Buddhist practices and principles. 

Our audiobook 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. 

Buddha knew that all human beings, to one degree or another, struggle with craving - the powerful - sometimes blinding - desire to change our thoughts, feelings, and circumstances.

Those of us who experience addiction have been more driven to use substances or behaviors to do this, but the underlying craving is the same. And even though Buddha didn’t talk specifically about addiction, he understood the obsessive nature of the human mind. He understood our attachment to pleasure, aversion to pain, and the extreme lengths we can sometimes go to, chasing what we want to feel and running away from the feelings we fear. And he found a solution. 

Recovery Dharma will lead you to recovery from addiction to substances like alcohol, drugs, and also from what we refer to as "process addictions". We can also become addicted to gambling, sex, technology, work, codependency, shopping, food, media, self-harm, lying, stealing, and obsessive worrying. This is a path to freedom from any repetitive and habitual behavior that causes suffering.

Recovery dharma is a peer-led movement and a community that is unified by the potential in each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We approach recovery from a place of individual and collective empowerment, and we support each other as we walk this path of recovery together.

©2019 Recovery Dharma (P)2019 Recovery Dharma

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Ken Veenstra’s narration helped me enjoy this book

When I actually read some of the hard copy version of this book, I could see it’s potential, but was a bit confusing .
Ken Veenstra’s narration brought the necessary clarity I needed . He was able to break down the longer
more technical passages into clear, distinct and listenable elements. This brought the author's good intentions
front and center. His narration was the key to clarifying their intent. A good book and his narration is even better.”

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Listening after having read the book

I have read this book before and gotten a lot from it. It I took me to a much deeper level to hear this book read. The sincerity and assurance that is imparted by the reader touched me more viscerally. I believe that he is speaking from his own experiences.

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Chapters aren't lined up

I really loved the forgiveness meditation, but the copy I have has two equanimity chapters, no forgiveness.

please fix it!

update .... still not fixed. Also ch 28 is missing, instead there are two 29s. I'd really love to enjoy this audible to the fullest.

please fix and issue me a new download.

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The narrator Ken Veenstra really helped me understand recovery with his soothing confident voice!

The narrator Ken Veenstra really helped me understand recovery with his soothing confident voice! I see the possibility of recovery from addiction that his narration made so intimately clear. I can’t wait to hear more offerings from this intuitively intelligent voice!

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Great listen

Great straight forward approach to the subject narration was clear and well paced quite enjoyable tone to listen to would recommend to anyone interested in either recovery or Buddhism

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Love this audible

I really love the simple way that Ken Veenstra shares the path to freedom through his passionate and authentic heart.
I find it easy to look inside for my own truth as I listen to his gentle voice. I appreciate this book for my tool box on my path to recovery.
Thank you for making this available. Blessings Frannie Hoffman

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An Alternative Path for Recovery

This is an excellent way to bring Recovery Dharma to the busy world. The narrator keeps a steady pace, and emphasizes important content. The audio is very clear and sharp. All those who suffer from process addictions would benefit from this positive approach to recovery.

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Finding peace

Love the idea of Buddhism helping with struggling in life. The path and meditations described are freeing and simple enough for a beginner. This is a book I’ll listen to over and over. The reader is comforting to listen to.

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Excellent

I have been in Recovery for years and Recovery Dharma for awhile now.
I have found the content of this book to be very helpful on my path of recovery. I have read this book many times, but what strikes me on the audible version is the narration. I find the narrators voice to be clear and calming, a pleasure to listen too.

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Buddhist approach to addication and recovery

Recovery Dharma is a Buddhist-inspired approach to various forms of alcohol, drug and process addictions such as sex, food, gambling and technology. The book details how the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold path can be used as a guide to understanding and overcoming the suffering caused by addictions of all kinds. Other concepts and practices such as karma, compassion, lovingkindness, forgiveness and equanimity are discussed at length. Meditation practice, sangha (group participation), dharma (Buddhist teachings), are also covered as key features of a successful recovery program.

Unlike many monotone audio books, the narrator - Ken Veenstra - is articulate, fully engaged and passionate during the audio recording. Audio quality is very clear with no static, distraction or background noise.

Highly recommended audio book!

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