Entries by Avi

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International Sangha Bulletin – November 2, 2018

As you know, the controversy around Noah Levine has put great strain on our community. We hear regularly, directly and via social media, that there is hope that the Board is taking action to support the Refuge Recovery name and the groups around the world. Simply hearing that “the Board is aware” and “the Board […]

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Bee’s Books – November 2018

May I be filled with compassion. At least once a week, I meditate upon this phrase, with myself as the one I am offering compassion to. Blah! That’s almost as bad as this one: I offer myself forgiveness. Double blah! I’ve been working with these phrases for over three years now, and while I have […]

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I Am Responsible

by Tyler Lewke | September 2018 Author’s preface: In the aftermath of months of discord within our larger Refuge Recovery community and my local sangha, I have had the opportunity again and again to observe my own behavior and check in on how my practice is really doing under pressure.  It’s been ugly and beautiful.  […]

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Bee’s Books – October 2018

FREEDOM! God, I love Aretha Franklin. Who will ever forget her belting that out? Freedom was what I craved, and what was always impossibly out of reach. Freedom from depression, self-loathing and despair. Freedom from that four o’clock drink that ended in blackout night after night. I waited until the afternoon because I knew that […]

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Refuge Recovery Denver

Denver Metro area Refuge Recovery turned one year old on June 2nd! We started with one meeting in Westminster. The story is told here anonymously by the person who started it: “A Colorado dad who nearly lost his child to a heroin overdose three years earlier, thought he had lost his child forever when the […]

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Submission Request

The Refuge Recovery Literature Committee is requesting submissions. We are looking for personal stories from the community to help inspire, encourage, support, and guide newcomers in completing their own inventories. Tell us how you did it, who you did it with, what worked for you (and didn’t), and any other reflections you may have. In particular, if you […]

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October 2018

Jean Tuller Executive Director Hi Sangha, The Sangha World Tour took me to Wilmington, NC this past week and it was a beautiful reminder of the power of our Refuge. You probably know that parts of the U.S. Southeast were hard hit  by Hurricane Florence last month, with parts of North Carolina especially devastated. Prior to […]

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International Sangha Bulletin – September 6, 2018

Dear Refuge Recovery Community, Last week, Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society (ATS) sent out an email to its mailing list reporting on their investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct made against Noah Levine. ATS concluded it was likely that Noah had violated the ethical code for Buddhist teachers against causing harm with sexual conduct. […]

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International Sangha Bulletin – August 26, 2018

Hi Sangha, In response to the decision by Against the Stream regarding Noah Levine, Christopher Kavanaugh, Interim Chair of the Refuge Recovery Board of Directors, and I will be hosting two Zoom video conferences this week. These are to support our sangha and respond to questions as best we can. May all beings be at […]

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August 2018

Jean Tuller Executive Director Hi Sangha- this month we’re exploring the Precepts and what it looks like to take them to the streets. We are not monastics so understanding and living the Precepts as householders in recovery can be (at least for me and maybe for you) an ongoing process of discovery and returning again and again […]