1st Truth Workshop

Workshop: Brief intensive educational program for a relatively small group of people that focuses especially on techniques and skills in a particular field

This outline is one example of a Half-Day Inventory Workshop for the 1st Truth Inventory. It was adapted from the workshop developed by Gary Sanders. The idea is to explore different options for working with inventory questions. Note: Take time throughout the workshop to slow down and check-in on how your body responds to the question and if it changes throughout the process.

Open / Welcome

  • Ring Bell: Mindfulness of sound and breath
  • Opening readings and introductions of a regular RR Meeting
  • Overview of the day (Handout, flip chart or verbal)

Meditation

  • 20 Minute Guided meditation

Question 1

  • Read aloud:
    • Question 1: Suffering is the stress created by craving for more. List the stress your addiction has created. How did it manifest day to day? Moment to moment?
    • Introduction chapter of the book, Refuge Recovery
  • Discuss: Is Craving Stressful? Does it actually cause stress? How?
  • Re-read Question 1
  • Write: Individuals write answers
  • Share Inventory:
    • Small group of 2: Sharing buddy reads or summarizes their responses to the Inventory Question. Listening buddy offers reflective listening and can use these prompts to expand the sharing.
      • Was anything noticeably easy, difficult or surprising? ...pleasant, unpleasant or neutral?
      • Do you notice any interesting patterns or insights?
      • Did your relationship to the question shift or change during the process?
      • Did you learn any new Buddhist terms from the readings or Dharma Talks?
    • Switch and repeat
  • Report back / Large Group: Using the prompt questions as a base, large group discusses their experience with the question.

Break

Question 2

  • Read aloud:
    • Question 2: Large group reviews list of questions.
  • Watch Youtube Dharma Talk: Forgiveness - RefCon3
  • Discuss: Insights and questions from Dharma Talk
  • Write: Individuals choose a question and respond to it in writing.
  • Share Inventory:
    • Small group of 2: Sharing buddy reads or summarizes their responses to the Inventory Question. Listening buddy offers reflective listening and can use these prompts to expand the sharing.
      • Was anything noticeably easy, difficult or surprising? ...pleasant, unpleasant or neutral?
      • Do you notice any interesting patterns or insights?
      • Did your relationship to the question shift or change during the process?
      • Did you learn any new Buddhist terms from the readings or Dharma Talks?
    • Switch and repeat
  • Report back: Using the prompt questions as a base, large group discusses their experience with the question.

Break

Community Building

  • Review Dharma Buddy Meeting Process
  • Discuss options for starting process with this sangha
    • What sounds helpful about taking the 6 Month Path?
    • What sounds difficult? What obstacles do you anticipate?
    • What would be your ideal structure (Time, pace, content etc.)
    • Set up process for those interested in taking action to find each other (pair up at the meeting, sign up, raise hands for interest, set up an ongoing meeting of Dharma Buddies etc.)

Closing

  • Announcements
  • Dana
  • Ring Bell Once: Dedication Of Merit: May any goodness that comes from our meeting be shared with all of the suffering addicts in the world. May each one of us do what needs to be done to free ourselves from the suffering of addiction and may our recovery be an offering to all beings everywhere.
  • Ring Bell 3 times: Mindfulness of sound and breath