Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society has sprung forth from the heart of Buddhism in
Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society is at the forefront of these changes. Having started as a handful of committed spiritual revolutionaries in
Our core guidance comes from the Pali Sutta’s, not from the Theravadan’s in
Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society is founded upon the empowering and self-revealed teaching of original Buddhism. We follow the guidance of the 4 Noble Truths. The Dharma (Truth) as revealed by the Buddha is our only Refuge. Through our founding teacher Noah Levine’s connection and empowerment from his teachers, Jack Kornfield, Stephen and Ondrea Levine and Ajahn Amaro we are directly connected to several lineages of traditional Buddhism that is linked through both the Theravada and Mahayana. Without the Ancients the Dharma would not have reached our shores, our ears and our hearts. So we honor all lineages and appreciate the good that is in all Buddhist traditions.
Our intention is simple- To make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. We wish only to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable wise and compassionate people from every walk of life. We are pro-diversity and welcome all people from all racial, economic, sexual, social and political back grounds and preferences. We believe that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all.
Q – Why Against The Stream?
The Buddha said that his path to awakening was one of rebellion, a subversive path that is against greed, against hatred and against delusion. In order to awaken he taught that we have to travel against the norm of society and against our own self-centered tendencies. In his own language he said the path he had traveled and that all who wished to follow was “Patisotagami”, which literally translates as “ Against The Stream”.
Q- Why American Buddhism instead of Tibetan Buddhism or Zen or Vipassana?
Because we don’t live in