Friday, June 13, 2014

Addiction recovery on Friday the 13th

Seth Auberon, Amber Larson, Pat Macpherson, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Noah Levine (, Dharma Punx,;
X marks the spot: BLVD Treatment Center, 1776 N. Highland, Hollywood, CA 90028
Inside the many beautiful rooms and posh digs of BLVD with patio (
Make the 13th good luck. Get a free book. Stop craving from leading to harmful choices.
A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction
Today is "Friday the Thirteenth." And that can mean good luck or bad, bad if addiction is on the calendar, the menu, and to do list. But good if one is turning it around to recovery. 

Because today is Noah Levine's BLVD rehab (855 277-5363) open house, with a launch party for his newest book on treating intoxicants like forms of suffering and dumping them. 

The Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution author is calling the new movement Refuge Recovery (an unfortunate, alliterative name based on the mistranslation of sarana, which actually means guidance rather than refuge).
But "refuge," which really refers to nirvana, is what everyone calls the Three Gems or Jewels or Guides of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha (community), and "going for refuge" is what everyone thinks s/he's doing. The gems are right on the new cover!

Noah Levine and his inner mohawk meditator
Today is the best day ever because EVERYONE IS INVITED to the party with Wisdom Quarterly. And if you come, you'll get a FREE copy of Levine's newest book. Let's ask Noah and the publisher, What is "Refuge Recovery"?

It is a proven practice. It is a process. It is a set of tools. It is a treatment. It is a path to healing [from] addiction.
Residential: 516 N. Detroit St., LA, CA 90036 (Melrose/La Brea) behind Canters Deli
Against the Stream, Melrose Ave., Hlywd
Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented, non-theistic [not to be confused with atheistic but atheists will love the Stephen Batchelor-inspired "Buddhist Atheist" tee-shirts for sale with the rest of the Against the Stream swag] recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything [thanks to the Kalama Sutra] -- only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery.

In fact, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recovery is possible, and this book -- like the books of Kevin Griffin -- provides a systematic approach to treating and recovering from all forms of addictions. When sincerely practiced, the program will ensure a full recovery from addiction and a life-long sense of well-being and happiness.
Noah Levine, M.A., scion/son of Buddhist author Stephen Levine and student of Jack Kornfield, has been using Buddhist practices to recover from addiction since 1988. He is the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society (

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