- Committed to truth, honesty and a new life
- Committed to abstinence
- Committed to recovery
Everyone on the Buddhist path is in recovery from greed, hatred and delusion; for some of us that manifests as particular cravings and aversions accompanied by an awful lot of confusion!
The 5th Precept Sangha is a Peer Led, mutual-help organisation that uses Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people make a full recovery from the suffering caused by addictive behaviours.
The group is founded on the principles and practices of Truth and Truthfulness (Sajja), Generosity (Dana), Harmlessness (Sila), Loving-kindness (Metta), Forgiveness (Khama), Mindfulness (Sati) and Fellowship (Kalyāna-mittatā); and is grounded in the Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence.
Open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, the group promotes abstinence, mindfulness and meditation.
Sit and Share meetings are open to people with any addiction and to any individuals choosing abstinence from intoxicants as their preferred lifestyle. Importantly, we abandon attachment to negative self-views by announcing ourselves by our first name only, without identifying with any addiction.
The 5th Precept group promotes a multilayered, multidirectional Buddhist-oriented approach to recovery and abstinence : Foundations of Recovery.
It is important to note that you do not have to be a “Buddhist” to practice Sajja, Sila or any of the suggested meditation practices. Group membership does not require any meditation experience.