Dave The Seeker wrote:I haven't got to listen to any podcasts or talks by Noah, was going to, but I think I'll set that idea to rest from what I've read.
Actually, I'd recommend trying to watch at least 1 youtube clip and trying to listen to at least 1 podcast so you can judge for yourself.
What's the harm anyway? They're free.
My complaint about the Pure Land podcast episode was just that it seemed like someone talking outside of their wheel house.
When it comes to speakers, everything's subjective.
One of my best friends recommended Brad Warner as a guy that he really likes, the last part of Brad Warner's audiobook left a bad taste in my mouth.
It didn't hit me in the same way it hit him and I'm sure my favorite speakers don't hit him like they do me.
Any of these guys might hit you differently than me.
Alcoholism runs in my family and I've had my issues with it, I also have anger issues.
My complaint is not with using a proactive approach like Buddhism to treat alcoholism (or in my case, anger).
I just find that some people in the 12 steps program will only speak of life in terms of their addiction & the 12 steps program, they will filter all experiences through their addiction & the 12 steps methodology, and they will surround themselves only with people who are following the 12 step program.
It comes off as still obsessing over alcohol/drugs/sex/food (ie. whatever they're trying to quit), without actually pulling the trigger.
The Buddhist approach (to me) would advocate: still your mind, notice the craving arising, acknowledge the craving, let the craving go, still the mind (rinse, repeat).
Centering all your body, speech, and mind around denying a specific, constant craving almost seems to be an attempt to deny the impermanent nature of a conditioned arising, giving it more power over you - when the whole point of Buddhism (from my limited experience) seems to be escaping that mentality.
EDIT: Congrats to both you guys on cleaning up!