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Walt Opie Next BRN Academy teaching with Walt Opie -- December 3rd 2023 @ 10:00am US Pacific Time

Topic: My Journey Into Recovery and Dharma

Since this is my first time speaking at the BRN Academy, I thought I would share some stories about my personal journey with you. I've been in recovery from drugs and alcohol since 1987, and there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way. Finding the practice of insight meditation and the Buddha's path of liberation gave me a new sense of possibility in my life after years of being clean and sober in 12 step meetings.
I finally learned how to be more self-reliant. As the Buddha instructed in one sutta: "Dwell with yourselves as your own island, with yourselves as your own refuge, with no other refuge; dwell with the Dhamma as your island, with the Dhamma as your refuge, with no other refuge..." Of course, Sangha (community)  is vitally important, too. 

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Welcome to the Buddhist Recovery Network Academy!

The BRN Academy is a new incarnation of the former Healing and Insight Teaching Faculty, co-founded by Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John and Giles Collins. The Academy has invited some of the leading teachers in the field of Buddhist recovery. On the first Sunday of every month for an hour each teacher will explore the sharp edges of suffering through the lens of the Buddhist Teachings.

The Academy brings together teachers from different Buddhist lineages and approaches. Themes like addiction, alcoholism, depression, stinking thinking and compulsive behaviours will be explored.

Being aware of the pressures imposed by international time zones, the Academy attempts to offer as convenient times as possible for most people currently involved with the BRN. The teachings will commence on the first Sunday of every month at:

  • 10:00am US Pacific time
  • 12:00 pm US Central time
  • 1:00 pm US Eastern time
  • 6:00 pm UK time
  • 5:00 am the following day (Monday) Sydney, AU time
  • 7:00 am the following day (Monday) New Zealand time

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Note: the 'room' will be open 15 minutes ahead of time for a prompt start as indicated on the timetable.

We at the BRN are very excited by shifting our Academy time to reach more international members of the recovery community, and we hope you will join our Academy and benefit from this invaluable opportunity.

With warmth and kindness,
President, Buddhist Recovery Network


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