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12 Steps on Buddha's Path: Bill, Buddha, and We [Paperback]

Laura S. , Sylvia Boorstein
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Book Description

March 15, 2006
12 Steps on Buddha's Path is an inspiring firsthand account of what happens when life seems hopeless and the miracle of finding out that it's anything but.

The author describes her own journey of recovery from alcoholism - an astonishing passage through strange and frightening territory - and marks out the path that allowed her to emerge from that darkness as a wise and compassionate person living a life that is joyous and free. This book is a powerful and enriching synthesis of the 12-Step recovery programs and the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. It is sure to appeal to anyone touched by addiction, including those looking for new ways to understand and work with the tried-and-true 12-Step system. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from alcoholism and other forms of dependence, and 12 Steps on Buddha's Path offers hope and help for any one of them.

Though writing anonymously out of deep respect for 12-Step policies, the author is in fact a well-known professional author, deeply involved in the recovery and meditation communities.

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"I like 12 Steps on Buddha's Path very much. 'Laura K' has done a great service through writing this book--there is a huge potential audience out there that needs and deserves it. Weaving together the teachings and practices offered to us by the Buddha with the teachings and practices of the 12-Step Program is a brilliant move, that she has rendered with utmost integrity and wisdom." (Marcia Rose, founding teacher of The Mountain Hermitage and Taos Mountain Sangha)

"The author of this book has used her own experience in decades of 12-Step work and as a Buddhist meditator as the vehicle for presenting both practice paths. As I read these parallel reflections, echoing the promise of the end of suffering back and forth between them, the promise of liberation from suffering sounded stronger and stronger, as if two familiar voices were calling out 'Yes!' and 'Amen!' to each other. I finished the book inspired. It renewed my zeal. I think it will do the same for you." (Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier Than You Think)

"This book is an excellent introduction to 12-Step and Buddhist principles, and an insightful synthesis of the two traditions. Anyone seeking to understand recovery from a Buddhist perspective will find it to be a trustworthy and illuminating guide." (Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps)

"A heartfelt and moving description of one person's spiritual journey through the mutually supportive practices of the 12-Step Program and the teachings of the Buddha, with very clear descriptions of each tradition." (Arinna Weisman, coauthor, The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation)

About the Author

Laura S. wrote 12 Steps on Buddha's Path anonymously, out of deep respect for the 12-Step traditions. Under her real name, she is a well-known Buddhist teacher, a widely-published author, and is active in the meditation and recovery communities.

Sylvia Boorstein is the author of many well-known books, including It's Easier Than You Think, Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist, and Don't Just Do Something, Sit There. She lives in Geyserville, California.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861712811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861712816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 steps on the Buddha's path December 7, 2007
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I have been sober 15 years and this is the best book that I have read to help me incorporate my Buddhist practice and the 12 steps. Thank you! It gave me the motivation to re-do the steps in the perspective of my Buddhist practice and gave me an added incenive to work on my recovery.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating and insightful read May 25, 2006
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This an insightful book, a true story and a quick study about both Buddhism and AA. Recommended for anyone interested in AA and a solution to alcoholism from a spiritual standpoint. A very heartfelt and well written book...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! June 24, 2009
By Dr. Z.
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Many inspiring and insightful books have been written about addiction,recovery and the 12 Step program of recovery. A few stand out from the rest. I highly recommend this book to anyone in recovery who is not drawn to the Judeo-Christian approach. Phillip Z. Author of A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 Steps on Buddha's Path: Bill, Buddha and We September 26, 2010
By GeoUtah
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I really enjoy this book. It is not bogged down in program jargon. It's a clear, easy read emphasizing experience, strength and hope. 12 Steps on Buddha's Path: Bill, Buddha, and We
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight October 3, 2011
By AZ Goat
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I really liked this book and related to the observations that Buddhism and 12 steps have the same goals and philosophy. As an introduction to Buddhism, it really works and helps one understand some of the basic concepts of Buddhism. Excellent book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book March 9, 2011
By Chip
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This is a wonderful book full of insight on the 12 steps and on Buddhism. I was struggling with the steps and AAs "god" issues this book really helped me put things in the proper concept and move forward.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first AA and Buddism book read May 20, 2011
By davem
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I related well with alot a places in recovery with lauraS. Thought she did a wonderful job tying the steps to Buddiusm. Found myself putting the book down often to think about what was said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great melding of the 12 Steps and Buddhism March 27, 2011
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This book was fantastic for anyone in recovery who may have any issues with the the standard definition of "God" and how it is presented in the 12 steps. This book is beautifully written and so easy to relate to. It does a great job of inspiring recovery and peaceful buddhist living.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Moving - Clear
Very well written. Belongs right up there with Kevin Griffin, Mel Ash, Noah Levine, Darren Littlejohn, Therese Jacobs-Stewart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by maurice reidy
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather predictable
Although this book tells the story of one woman's experiences with AA and with Buddhism, there really was not much in the way of insightful analysis or synthesis. Read more
Published 3 months ago by rpm
2.0 out of 5 stars 12 Steps on Buddha's Path
The condition of book was very good. I found the reading to be more about Alcoholics Anonymous that the teachings of Buddha. The book was also oaring.
Published 6 months ago by vicki l.
3.0 out of 5 stars The a.a. part , especially the god part seems phony but if you're in...
This book tries too hard to be A.A. i think that i would have liked it better had it been written from a totally Buddhist perspective.
Published 7 months ago by gerald stuebben
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
As a devotee of Buddha and an alcoholic I found this book both useful and inspirational. I would highly recommend it to anyone struggling with alcoholism. Laura S. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zendude
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
I love this book. I am more of a mix and mingle type of spiritualist. So this book made all the references in the Big Book, AA and OA all the more accessible for me in ways I had... Read more
Published 17 months ago by SJ Blouse
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Both Buddhism And the 12 Steps
12 Steps on Buddha's Path was clearly written by a Buddhist. Her writing is clean but gentle. The somewhat complex Buddhist principles are clearly put and may entice readers to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent alternative
An excellent alternative to the more traditional methods of 'working" the 12 steps. A wonderful way to learn in a spiritual manner.
Published 18 months ago by Timmond K. Mcmanus
5.0 out of 5 stars Book becomes progressively "deep",but understandable.
Our 12 Step + Buddhist Group uses this book to focus our
discussion. We each read a few paragraphs and reflect
on the meaning and experience as to our experience. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important Part of my toolbox
This insightful book guided me through my early sobriety and continues to be my favorite resource for mindful daily living!
Published 18 months ago by catherine
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