Tricycle Teachings: Addiction

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The best way to understand what samsara feels like might be to reflect upon our addictions. Compulsive behavior can take many forms: eating, shopping, or cultivating thought patterns. Even going to the gym can be addictive, as we sometimes turn ordinarily healthy habits into self-destructive obsessions. This Tricycle e-book offers Buddhist wisdom and advice from over a dozen teachers on addiction and recovery.

Table of Contents

1 “Leaning into Rawness,” by Trudy Walter
2 “Bare Bones Meditation,” by Joan Tollifson
3 “A Glob of Tar,” by Upasika Kee Nanayon
4 “Confessions of a Dharma Punk,” by Noah Levine
5 “Eating and the Wheel of Life,” by Sandra Weinberg
6 “Sunset Boulevard,” by Erik Hansen
7 “The Dignity of Restraint,” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
8 “For a Mouthful of Grass,” by Shantideva
9 “Drink and a Man,” by Joan Duncan Oliver
10 “The Merry-Go-Round of Desire,” an interview with Mark Epstein
11 “Feeding Your Demons,” by Tsultrim Allione
12 “The Non-Use of Intoxicants,” by Nancy Baker
13 “Recovery and the Fifth Precept,” by Don Lattin
14 “Just Shut Up,” an interview with Robert Chodo Campbell

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sarasol89's picture

Are these e-books readable in a kindle? And can I purchase them as a gift for someone else to read on their kindle?

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Yes, the e-books can be read on a Kindle. Right now we don't have the option available to purchase them for a friend's Kindle, but we'll look into the possibility!
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How long after the order confirmation arrives in my inbox will the link arrive?

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ann.callaway11's picture

Thank you so much for offering these wonderful teachings online, outlined by subject no less!

Great work...hats off to you and your staff.

ann callaway

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Thanks so much, Ann! We're happy you've enjoyed them.
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gail.windjammer's picture

Can we have instructions on downloading e-book please. It seems a few people are also experiencing the same issue.Help line is busy for a while. Thank you.

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Just fill in the whole form, even though you're not really buying anything. At the end of the process you will be sent an email with a hyperlink to download the file. I just did it and it worked fine. Good luck!

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Did anyone figure out how to download yet? Hep line is busy =)

danjersey's picture

I'm logged in and I can't figure out how to download this teaching???

Emma Varvaloucas's picture

Hi Dan,
Please see my comment below about our support services.

ellieswimmin's picture

how can i donload this (addiction) and anger articles to my kindle....


Emma Varvaloucas's picture

Hello Everyone,
Thank you for trying to download our Addiction e-book. If you are having trouble, please contact our support services at or 1-800-873-9871. They'll be able to help you out.
Best wishes,
Emma Varvaloucas

inkybuddha's picture

i don't have a reading device/kindle, etc
is there any way i can read this book?
best wishes Brigid

Emma Varvaloucas's picture

Hi Brigid,
Yes, you can. Just download the book as a PDF file, which can be read on any old computer.
Best wishes,
Emma Varvaloucas's picture

I have been unable to download this ebook as well and the above link will not allow me to...and i am a member also.

sedmiston's picture

I am already a member at the $30 level. But I can't access this book.
What should I do?

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