Workshop: A Forgiveness Empowerment The following is a transcript of my contribution to this conversation with William Frey, Barbara Soltero, and Paula Watson at the 4th International Mindfulness Conference, on Thursday, July 8th, 2021 My name is Vince Cullen. I am an Irishman and ex-alcoholic. I am not particularly attached to either of these two identities but in my lifetime […]» Read more
Today it’s a special episode as we host a great debate between 2 wise old Buddhists – on the merits of AA and alternative recovery programmes, what works? What doesn’t? Whats hokum? Where does Buddhism and the 12 steps fit in with all this?
~ Dave G. (Here’s Tom With The Weather podcast)
“Let’s teach our children how the brain works. Our thoughts might be real but they are not necessarily true.”
~ Vince Cullen
“But let me be honest here. The first two years of sobriety were miserable.” ~ Vince Cullen» Read more
Avoidable-suffering is universal and takes many forms, however, this series of talks may be of particular interest to anyone currently struggling with the three fires of Cravings, Aversions and Confusions. ~ Vince Cullen» Read more
“It is interesting to note that the current Abbot, Phra Atikarn Vichien Gitiwanno, says the herbal medicines are only 20% of the treatment offered. I don’t entirely agree with this percentage, in line with the founding Abbot Luang Por Chamroon Parnchand whom I met in 1998, and I would put the contribution of the herbal treatment at just 5% of the efficacy of the entire programme.” – Vince Cullen» Read more
“Buddhism asserts that everyone suffers from mental illness; that is simply being human; that is the baseline. Thank you, Andy Palmer, for a very enjoyable and wide-ranging exploration of how this reality played and continues to play itself out in my life!” ~ Vince Cullen» Read more
“Life is stressful, uncomfortable, uncertain, insecure, disappointing, painful.
Life is complicated, boring, impersonal, difficult, distressing, challenging, unfair.
Life isn’t just stressful; in many ways it is traumatic…
…but, on the other hand, life can be a wonderful adventure.” ~ Vince Cullen» Read more
Concrete Beds and Wooden Pillows… Waking Up the Hard Way… or Finding Insight but not much Serenity.» Read more
“Addiction & the Hell Realm…” A Buddhist perspective on Trauma, Craving, Addiction and Recovery in the Early Buddhist Suttas.» Read more