Our Buddhist 12 Steps

Meeting Time and Location

Monday evenings

7 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity

381 Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut

The classic 12 steps for addiction recovery had been a proven technique to transcend addictive suffering over the past decades. Originally from a Christian orientation, through these guiding steps millions of people have overcome their debilitating addictions to find peace from craving. We offer a non-Judeo-Christian version of the12 steps, one that is oriented to the modern Buddhist path that interlinks well with the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. This version is inspired from traditional 12 Steps, and classic Buddhist and the Pure Land teachings.

First Principle: Acceptance. We admitted we were powerless–that our lives had become unmanageable.

Second Principle: Confidence. We came to believe that a power other than our ego could restore us to sanity.

Third Principle: Surrender. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a power other than our ego.

Fourth Principle: Self Examination. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Fifth Principle: Self Honesty: We admitted to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Sixth Principle: Willingness. We were entirely ready to have the power other than our ego remove foolish aspects of our character.

Seventh Principle: Humility. We humbly asked the power other than our ego to shed the foolishness within ourselves

Eighth Principle: Forgiveness. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Ninth Principle: Restitution. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Tenth Principle: Admission. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Eleventh Principle: Seeking. We sought through deep hearing, prayer, and meditation to be transformed by a power other than our ego and to realize our inner potential of faith, wisdom, and compassion.

Twelfth Principle: Unconditional Love. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others that suffer, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.