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Turning Point: Kevin Griffin

Kevin GriffinKevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and the forthcoming A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery. A longtime Buddhist practitioner and Twelve-Step participant, he is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and one of the founders of the Buddhist Recovery Network. Kevin has studied with leading Western vipassana teachers and trained as a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.

Kripalu Online Describe what you do in 15 words or less.
Kevin Griffin I teach about connecting the 12-Step program with Buddhist teachings.

KOL Tell us about a turning point in your life.
Kevin The day I woke up and realized I couldn't drink or take drugs anymore. Everything changed that day, and everything I have today flows out of that moment 26 years ago.

KOL What do you love about teaching?
Kevin I love connecting with people and seeing their eyes light up when they "get it." I love the relief I see in people when they realize they don't have to follow some rigid interpretation of the 12 Steps, but can have something that feels more authentic to them.

KOL What are you passionate about right now?
Kevin My music. I gave up being a professional musician a few years after I got sober, and right now I'm working with a producer to record a CD of my original songs that have Buddhist themes set to very rhythmic, world-beat music.

KOL What do you do in your downtime?
Kevin I love to hang out with my wife and daughter—we have family movie nights on Fridays and we love to watch sports together. My daughter is in middle school and plays competitive softball and basketball. I love/hate to watch her play—it's nerve-wracking, but I'm so proud of her.

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