The best way to understand what samsara feels like might be to reflect upon our addictions. Compulsive behavior can take many forms: eating, shopping, or cultivating thought patterns. Even going to the gym can be addictive, as we sometimes turn ordinarily healthy habits into self-destructive obsessions. This Tricycle e-book offers Buddhist wisdom and advice from over a dozen teachers on addiction and recovery.

Table of Contents

  1. “Leaning into Rawness,”

    by Trudy Walter
  2. “Bare Bones Meditation,”

    by Joan Tollifson
  3. “A Glob of Tar,”

    by Upasika Kee Nanayon
  4. “Confessions of a Dharma Punk,”

    by Noah Levine
  5. “Eating and the Wheel of Life,”

    by Sandra Weinberg
  6. “Sunset Boulevard,”

    by Erik Hansen
  7. “The Dignity of Restraint,”

    by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
  8. “For a Mouthful of Grass,”

    by Shantideva
  9. “Drink and a Man,”

    by Joan Duncan Oliver
  10. “The Merry-Go-Round of Desire,”

    an interview with Mark Epstein
  11. “Feeding Your Demons,”

    by Tsultrim Allione
  12. “The Non-Use of Intoxicants,”

    by Nancy Baker
  13. “Recovery and the Fifth Precept,”

    by Don Lattin
  14. “Just Shut Up,”

    an interview with Robert Chodo Campbell

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