"The wise person can become an island No flood will overwhelm." --The Dhammapada 2.25 (translated by Gil Fronsdal)
Recovery from addiction, including alcoholism, is an extremely personal journey--one that can sometimes feel like an unwanted rollercoaster ride. We go up and we come down, even when we're no longer taking any drugs or acting out with addictive behaviors. Mindfulness has been called the mother of all interventions and one of the Buddha's core teachings includes using the power of mindfulness to help overcome craving as a path to liberation.
During this workshop, we will explore numerous Buddhist teachings that can help inform and inspire us on the path of recovery. According to Bhikkhu Anālayo, a highly esteemed scholar, early Buddhist texts tell us the path to the destruction of craving can be found in the development of the seven awakening factors and the four satipatthanas (foundations of mindfulness). We will spend the day exploring these specific teachings within the context of our recovery from addiction. The day will likely include guided meditation, periods of silent sitting and walking, short lectures, inquiry work, group discussions and Q&A.
This workshop is open to anyone dealing with addictions of any kind, as well as those who love them. No previous meditation experience is required.
Walt Opie is currently a participant in the Insight Meditation Society's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders training program, mentored by Kevin Griffin (author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps). Walt has led sitting groups for people in recovery since 2011. He is also a volunteer prison facilitator with Buddhist Pathways Prison Project in California and serves as the Board Chair for their nonprofit board. His most influential teachers are: Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Bhikkhu Anālayo, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Gil Fronsdal. His writing appears in the book collection Still, In the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos edited by Angela Dews (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018). Walt lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and daughter.