Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction (New Edition)


This new, expanded edition includes a Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a guide to running an Eight Step Recovery meeting, and how to teach a Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) programme, including teacher’s notes and handouts.

“These teachings and the container of the MBAR program are offered as both a refuge and a practical curriculum for this hardest of all journeys back to the well-being that is our birthright as human beings. The basic message from the authors is that reclaiming your life and what is deepest and best in yourself is not only possible but actually workable if you are willing to engage in a certain kind of interior work on yourself, and to give yourself over to this intrinsically kind and trustworthy invitation to heal your own life and heart and relationships.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Foreword



In this video, Vimalasara explains why ‘Eight Step Recovery’ is a ground-breaking and life-changing book.

An audiobook version of Eight Step Recovery is also available on Audible, in both North America and the UK.


Talks and Links

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Watch Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John's TEDX talk: We Are What We Think. This fifteen-minute talk explores bullying, 'stinking thinking' and how we can stop it.

Watch Dr. Paramabandhu Groves discuss Eight Step Recovery. In this six-minute video, Paramabandhu explores how the Buddha's teachings can help us in the modern world.

Watch an interview with Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John filmed at the Recovery 2.0 Conference, Feb 2016. In this fifty-minute interview, Vimalasara explores her life, the role addiction played, and how we can gain freedom from addictions and mental habits.

Join Vimalasara on her four-week online course in July and learn how to apply the eight step model to find freedom from thoughts.

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