Tibetan Buddhism – Freedom from Addiction

For those interested in Tibetan Buddhism and its teachings, you may also I’ve heard of the Medicine Buddha.

The Medicine Buddha, is also known as the great physician or great healer.

Like any good physician, the Medicine Buddha diagnosed the problem & prescribed the cure. But this cure wasn’t in the form of outside medicine designed to alleviate the problem inside. The medicine Buddha started work on the inside, detecting the root of the problem, and cutting it before it could grow. The root of life’s problems almost always originate from the mind.


Over the past few years, as a Buddhist I’ve been asked many questions about addiction & attachment.

Addiction doesn’t just refer to drugs, alcohol or prescribed medication. We may become addicted to almost anything in life – including life itself.

What many don’t realise, is the Tibetan Buddhist Eightfold path can be used as a program of recovery from addiction.

This being said, we shouldn’t look at the path as a rigid process because each step feeds into the other (the nature of interdependence)

For example; right action may lead to right understanding etc.

So think about your own addiction or attachment for a moment – whether drugs, alcohol, food, money, work -whatever it is.

Now look at the 8 fold path as the ultimate life saver.
Over the next 8 days, I’ll be discussing each step and what it means in terms of addiction or attachment.
So let’s start with the first step RIGHT UNDERSTANDING.

1-Right understanding – In the context of addiction, this step is all about observing, realising & acknowledging the nature of your addiction.

So I guess the question is what do you truly understand about your own addiction?

Please let me know what you thought

Published by easternhealingroom

Hello & welcome to Clear Mind Revolution! I’m Julie. What I’m going to tell you now, could happen to any one of you - seriously! In 2010 I had a life-changing Eureka moment! After 25+ happy years in the same career, something happened overnight. I woke thinking “there must be more to see & do out there” It was like some weird kind of calling. You don’t get those things for no reason, so I decided to follow my heart. In a nutshell, I handed in my resignation at work and bought a ticket to India. Why India you might ask? Well that’s something I can’t tell you, but it’s where I ended up making my home for the next 2 years. It’s true what they say! You really do reflect what you give out. I’d gone to India to grow spiritually and as a result - ended up studying with some of the greatest meditators & highest Buddhist masters. That’s my story.... Now I facilitate Meditation & Breath Work Techniques over on zoom (for busy people) You can contact me @ juliekellymail@gmail.com Instagram @ tenzindaseljulie You Tube @ Mind Medicine Facebook @ Tibetan Buddhist Study & Debate Group.

4 thoughts on “Tibetan Buddhism – Freedom from Addiction

  1. I wish you luck. As a retired addictions counsellor, if I had even mentioned TiBu, or the 8-Fold Path, a person coming to me for help would have turned tail and run out of my office.
    This is not to say using the 8-Fold Path will not work, anything can work. In the East a lot of people might even try it, at least most of them know what the 8-Fold Path is about.
    In the West, where people want physical help before anything else, you are going to have a hard sell.
    Go for it. I hope it works. But the road will not be easy…

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    1. Hello there thank you for your openness and yes I worked in that field myself for many years. The medical model always dominates, although more holistic approaches have slowly crept in. Back in 2009 I had the opportunity to visit a place called Thamkrabok in Lop Bhuri Thailand, a detox facilitated by Buddhist monks & nuns and it was a revelation. This is when I started looking more into the mind in relation to addiction. There will never really be anything quite like this in the west mostly because there is no money to be made in it. Then when I became a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism I started to think about how the eightfold path kind of linked in with what I learned from the Theravedins in Thailand.

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  2. My government in Canada, especially here in Alberta, would never fund a holistic approach. They want proof that what they pay for works, and addictions administrators cook the books to show them how successful their methods are. If the same patient attends treatment 10 times, they count it as 10 successes, not as one obvious failure. When I tried to tell the public that, I was jumped on by everyone around me. They did not want anyone to know they were being paid to fail. Jobs were more important than people!

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  3. Hi there
    Yes actually here in the UK a colleague got funding to take 4 patients per year who didn’t want a medical type detox over to Thamkrabok. It was very successful but then it was stopped because the NHS questioned the ingredients of the Herbal medicine. The detox has been around since the 60s and a medicine man makes up the mixture from 108 wild plants and tree bark. The monks would not disclose how the mixture is made, but no deaths have ever been recorded due to the medicine and there’s a high success rate of people staying clean. Addicts are encouraged by the monks, to work in the courtyard to get their endorphins flowing and also take herbal showers during their detox.
    Here they lay in bed and struggle usually so much, they return to their addiction.
    I agree, there’s a lot of money to be made in addiction treatment.

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