Friday Night Talk: Understanding Addiction as Fuel for Path

with Scott Perkins

March 15th

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  • $10 Sustaining
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Room: Main Shrine Room

My name is Scott and I’m addicted to myself: Addiction, Recovery and Buddhism

How does addiction work, how does it affect our brains, our lives and our community?  How is this process similar and different from the understanding of ego, grasping, clinging and other Buddhist concepts?  How can Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness support recovery and how can understanding addiction and recovery enhance meditation practice?


Scott Perkins has been practicing and studying Buddhism since 1988. He received his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University in 1992 and has been teaching on Buddhism and Meditation for over 30 years. Scott is a recovery coach helping individuals craft personal paths/programs that support their recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors while strengthening their ability to fully experience their own lives with sanity, courage, and compassion. He started his path of recovery on Christmas Day, 2005 and has been exploring the intersection of sobriety and meditation since that time.  He founded, and has led, the Washington DC Heart of Recovery meditation group for individuals whose lives have been touched by addiction in 2006 . Starting in 2013, he began teaching meditation retreats and programs for people in recovery across the country. He serves as the Chairperson for Shambhala's International Heart of Recovery Working Group providing assistance to developing Heart of Recovery programs throughout the country. His is also the Director of Development for a health care policy organization in Washington, DC, where he lives DC with his husband and their two dogs.  He has a life-size wooden rocking horse in his back yard.  More background is available at