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Next BRN Academy teaching with Joan Tollifson -- August 4th 2019

Pablo Das

Recovery Is Now, Awareness Is the Key

Meeting URL - Join us at 1PM Pacific Time at

Joan has had personal experience with alcohol addiction, a fingerbiting compulsion (classified
as an impulse-control disorder), compulsive thinking, and depression. She does not believe
there is one recovery model that fits everyone, and she encourages people to find what works
for them. What she offers is an approach rooted in open awareness – giving nonjudgmental
attention to the whole happening that we call ‘addiction’ or ‘compulsion’ or ‘depression,’
without trying to change it, but simply shedding light on it. She also stresses the liberating
recognition that both our apparent imperfections and the stormy weather in life are often
essential to evolutionary growth and transformation, and that the light and the dark go
together and cannot be pulled apart. Joan does not consider herself a Buddhist and does not
belong to any tradition, but she has spent time with a number of Buddhist teachers, including
Charlotte Joko Beck, Steve Hagen, Anam Thubten and Mel Weitsman, and her main teacher,
Toni Packer, was a former Zen teacher who left the tradition behind to work in a more open

Joan Tollifson writes and talks about being awake to the aliveness and immediacy of what is. Her bare-bones approach is open, direct and down-to-earth. Joan is the author of 4 books including Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life and Nothing to Grasp. She is at work now on a book about aging and dying. Joan lives in southern Oregon.

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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 half 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 through a 5 minute meditation/reflection, a 15 minute talk and ten minutes for questions.

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:

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 this new development, and we hope you will join our Academy and benefit from this invaluable opportunity.

With warmth and kindness,
President, Buddhist Recovery Network