is the founder of the Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and has created a process of addiction recovery based on the teachings of the Buddha called Refuge Recovery. He is the author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery.
Using a hybrid of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation techniques, Noah will offer an experience of the teachings and practices of Buddhism. We will learn how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary spiritual practices of the Buddha. Led by Noah Levine, the workshop explores the way that true spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes against the norms of our confused society and is therefore an act of rebellion. This ancient path of awakening our own deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it.
We are always taking refuge in something, and for most this means seeking safety and happiness in material things and sensual pleasures. Of course, we are always disappointed in the material or sensual promises because they never actually provide the inner satisfaction we were hoping for. Those of us who have seen the truth that our happiness will never come from outside ourselves begin to seek a reliable internal refuge, a way of practice and lifestyle that supports being wise and compassionate.