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Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist teacher and author best known for his work integrating Dharma and recovery. He is a co-founder of the Buddhist Recovery Network, and the author of several books, includingOne Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps.He has been practicing Insight meditation for over forty years and teaching since the late 1990s. His recovery dates from 1985. He has taught in a wide range of settings including Esalen, Kripalu and Omega Institute; diverse Buddhist centers; academic and research institutions; treatment centers, rehabs, and prisons. His latest book isLiving Kindness: Metta Teachings for the Whole of Our Lives, an exploration of the broad meaning and purpose of the Buddha’s teachings on lovingkindness. His interest in the suttas of the Pali Canon is now a prime source of study and teachings.
As the New Year starts, we renew our commitment to recovery and practice. This talk will focus on the importance of persistence and continuity in practice and recovery. The importance of finding joy in the simple experiences of life, in breathing, in walking, in being with others.
Mindfulness of breathing is both the most basic meditative tool and an advanced path to enlightenment, as described by the Buddha. Kevin will discuss the range of uses of mindful breathing, from simple stress-reduction to the higher insights and their value on the path of recovery.
Having just passed the milestone of 35 years sober, exactly half his life, Kevin looks back on his own path and the lessons he has learned as a clean and sober Buddhist.
Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist teacher and author in the Theravada tradition. He is a co-founder of the Buddhist Recovery Network and teaches internationally across Buddhist traditions. He has been a Buddhist practitioner and in recovery for over three decades. His teacher training was at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, where he still teaches his flagship Dharma and Recovery class. Besides teaching at Buddhist and other spiritual centers, Kevin works with treatment centers and has consulted with leading addiction researchers.