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1. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 1. Breath Meditation

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 1. Breath Meditation

Day one is a meditation on the breath, with music composed by Yeshe Chodron also known as Laurie Lesk. The breath is fundamental to meditation. It is a place where you can come home to yourself. When you connect to the breath you can restore calm in your heart and mind. In this meditation we explore the qualities of breathing. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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2. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - Introduction

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - Introduction

A 21 Day course in meditation to help with your recovery. This is a gift of generosity. Nobody was paid for their creativity. Everyone offered there kindness for the benefit of all beings. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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3. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 4. The Serenity Prayer

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 4. The Serenity Prayer

Day 4 is a reflection on how to relate wisely to our experience, through bringing to mind the words of the serenity prayer. The serenity prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. It has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs, and many other groups of people. It is sung by the Songsters, with music composed by Kate Munger, the founder of the Threshold Choir (http://thresholdchoir.org/). For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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4. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 2. Metta

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 2. Metta

Day two is a meditation on metta, which is loving kindness. We explore cultivating loving kindness towards ourselves by listening to a song about the Metta Sutta. The source of the words of this song is unknown, though it is likely this song was developed from a teaching the Buddha gave on compassion and loving kindness (the Karaniya Metta Sutta). The music is arranged by Kate Munger the founder of the Threshold Choir (http://thresholdchoir.org/) and sung by the Songsters. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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5. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 3. Shakyamuni Mantra

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 3. Shakyamuni Mantra

Day 3 is the Shakyamuni mantra. Shakyamuni is the name of the historical Buddha, Gautama, who lived in northern India two and half thousand years ago. He was a human being, like us, who through his own efforts gained a state of complete freedom called Awakening or Enlightenment. When we chant the Shakyamuni mantra we can bring to mind the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion. We can reflect that just as he found freedom, so can we. The mantra is chanted by the Songsters. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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6. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - A Loving Kindness Meditation (Bonus Track)

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - A Loving Kindness Meditation (Bonus Track)

'There are never endings, only separations and new beginnings.' Separations can be bumpy, and often we move away from the uncomfortable feelings by latching on to an old coping mechanism. Over these past three weeks you have hopefully begun to cultivate some positive coping mechanisms. You can always go back to some of your favourite meditations and listen to them. We give you this final meditation in this series, to set you up on track for your journey that will continue to unfold. Take good care of yourself. And perhaps some of you may like to join the Eight Step Sobriety hangout as a new beginning. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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7. Green Tara Mantra

Green Tara Mantra

The Green Tara mantra chanted on the 2016 Women's Triratna Order Convention.

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8. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 15. Padmasambhava Mantra

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 15. Padmasambhava Mantra

Day 15 is the Padmasambhava mantra. Padmasambhava is associated with taking Buddhism to Tibet and transforming demons. When we chant the Padmasambhava mantra we can think of our own demons – the difficult and often painful forces within us – being transformed. We can imagine asking Padmasambhava to help us with our struggles, freeing up and transforming our energies. The mantra is chanted by the Songsters. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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9. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 18. Tara Mantra

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 18. Tara Mantra

Day 18 is the Green Tara mantra. Like Avalokitesvara, Tara is especially associated with compassion – the quintessence of compassion. When we chant the Tara mantra we can feel that we are contacting deep compassion. If you wish, you could imagine asking her for aid, especially if you are suffering. Today’s mantra is chanted by the Songsters. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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10. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 12. Vajrasattva

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 12. Vajrasattva

Day 12 is the Vajrasattva mantra. Vajrasattva is an archetypal bodhisattva, the colour of sunlight on snow. He is particularly associated with absolute purity, our innate purity. When you chant the mantra you can feel your shortcomings and unskilful actions falling away from you, being purified by Vajrasattva, eventually leaving you with just your innate purity. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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11. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 7. Avalokitesvara

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 7. Avalokitesvara

Day 7 is the Avalokitesvara mantra. Avalokitesvara is an archetypal bodhisattva, who is particularly associated with compassion. One translations of his name is ‘He who looks upon the cries of the world’. When we chant the mantra of Avalokitesvara we can imagine Avalokitesvara compassionately helping all beings, ourselves included. If you wish, you could imagine rays of compassion streaming towards you from him and feel compassion arising in your heart. Today’s mantra is chanted by the Songsters. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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12. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 9. Open My Heart

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 9. Open My Heart

Day 9 explores loving-kindness by reflecting on the heart, using the breath to breathe deeply into the heart. The song is written and music composed by Ana Hernandez, and sung by the Songsters. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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13. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 21. Just Sitting With Gong Bath

21 Day Meditation  For Recovery - 21. Just Sitting With Gong Bath

Day 21 is a just sitting meditation with a gong bath. This is an opportunity to let go of making a lot of effort and just be with how you are now. In the meditation we sit or lie with a broad awareness. Making as little effort as possible, we allow thoughts, feelings and body sensations to arise and pass by like clouds passing through the sky. As we do that we can allow the sounds of the gong bath to wash over us. The gong bath is played by Karunachitta. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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14. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 6. Four Basic Needs Of The Heart

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 6. Four Basic Needs Of The Heart

Day 6 is a meditation on loving-kindness through responding to ourselves with attention, affection, appreciation and acceptance. The music has been arranged and composed by Yeshe Chodron, also known as Laurie Lesk. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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15. Bodhichitta Mantra

Bodhichitta Mantra

Recorded at the 2016 Triratna International Convention. For more: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/features The ‘Bodhichitta’ is sometimes rendered as the ‘will to Enlightenment’ or the ‘heart-mind of Enlightenment’ - signifying the complete dedication of our efforts to cultivate wisdom and compassion, in line with the Buddha’s teachings, making no distinction between our own well-being and that of others. In that sense the development of Bodhichitta is a truly communal practice, and might even be said to arise on a collective basis. The mantra captures a flavor of what that might mean and the joy implied.

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16. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 10. Just Sitting With Gong Bath

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 10. Just Sitting With Gong Bath

Day 10 is a just sitting meditation with a gong bath. In this meditation we sit or lie with a broad awareness, making as little effort as possible, and allowing thoughts, feelings and body sensations to arise and pass by like clouds passing through the sky. As we do this we can allow the sounds of the gong bath to wash over us. The gong bath is played by Karunachitta. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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17. 21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 14. Humanity

21 Day Meditation For Recovery - 14. Humanity

Day 14 is a loving kindness meditation, reflecting on our common humanity. We can reflect that at heart, each and every one of us wants to be happy and does not want to suffer. Even though sometimes the way we go about this causes us suffering, our basic intention is to be happy. During the meditation we can cultivate loving kindness by reflecting on how we share with the rest of humanity this essential desire to be happy and to avoid suffering. The music for today’s meditation is the tampura played by Vandanajyoti. For more resources on recovery: www.thebuddhistcentre.com/eightsteps

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