The Buddhist 12 Steps of Liberation

1. The truth of suffering. We experienced the truth of our addictions – our lives were unmanageable suffering.

2. The truth of the origin of suffering. We admit that we craved for and grasped onto addictions as our refuge.

3. The truth of the end of suffering. We came to see that complete cessation of craving and clinging at addictions is necessary.

4. The truth of the path. We made a decision to follow the way of liberation and to take refuge in our wakefulness, our truth, and our fellowship.

5. Right view. We made a searching and fearless review of our life. We are willing to acknowledge and proclaim our truth to ourselves, another human being and the community.

6. Right thought. We are mindful that we create the causes for suffering and liberation. Our goodness is indestructible.

7. Right speech. We purify, confess and ask for forgiveness straightforwardly and without judgment. We are willing to forgive others.

8. Right action. We make a list of all persons we harm and are willing and able to actively make amends to them all, unless to do so would be harmful.

9. Right livelihood. We simplify our lives, realizing we are all interconnected. We select a vocation that supports our recovery.

10. Right effort. We realize that continuing to follow this path, no matter what, is joyful effort.

11. Right mindfulness. Through prayer, meditation and action we will follow the path of kindness, being mindful moment by moment.

12. Right concentration. Open to the spirit of awakening as a result of these steps, we will carry this message to all people suffering with addictions.