Realm of the Hungry Ghosts

A website dedicated to those of us who suffer from the disease of addiction, and have found a solution in the 12 steps. These are our stories. You can find articles on spiritual principles and step work. Send us pictures and information about your homegroup (no faces please, to protect anonymity).  We are also interested in hearing of the ways you or your service bodies carry the message at Selfless service. Our Kickstarter campaign was launched Sept 1, 2018


Pyetta Athuyake – Burmese for spirits in torment, or in Sanskrit;

Preta – Hungry Ghosts


“Preta (Sanskrit: प्रेत)" is the Sanskrit name for a type of supernatural being described in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Chinese and Vietnamese folk religion as undergoing suffering greater than that of humans, particularly an extreme level of hunger and thirst. They have their origins in Indian religions and have been adopted into East Asian religions via the spread of Buddhism. Preta is often translated into English as 'hungry ghost' from the Chinese adaptation. In early sources such as the Petavatthu, they are much more varied. The descriptions below apply mainly in this narrower context.

 Pretas are believed to have been false, corrupted, compulsive, deceitful, jealous, and/or greedy people in a previous life. As a result of their karma, they are afflicted with an insatiable hunger for a particular substance or object. Traditionally, this is something repugnant or humiliating, such as cadavers or feces, although in more recent stories, it can be anything, however bizarre.”

“For the first time in man’s entire history, a simple way has been proving itself in the lives of addicts”

From Narcotics Anonymous, White Booklet and also from a reading heard at meetings 'We Do Recover'