Entries by Avi

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Refuge Recovery Lincoln & Omaha

We started Nebraska Refuge Recovery in Lincoln in March 2018 and the Omaha meeting in July 2018 and currently have 2 meetings per week, Monday and Wednesday. Fellowship is fostered outside of the meetings by being in constant communication with one another. We regularly attend social events such as concerts and movies together, we eat […]

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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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April 2019

Jean Tuller Executive Director Hi Sangha- Hope you’re enjoying the beginnings of Spring wherever this Newsletter may find you. Refuge HQ has been busy and there’s no end in sight. The Sangha World Tour took me to Jamestown, NY and Asheville, NC during the month of March. In Jamestown, people came together from upstate New […]

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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 […]