Our Lineage

Half Day with JoAnna Harper

May 7, 2016


Santa Monica


“Today, during the cool morning hours, one can still enter tens of thousands of monasteries across Southeast Asia, in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Laos, and hear chanted the timeless teachings of the Dharma, the path of awakening.  The practices of this lineage, called the Way of the Elders, or Theravada, have been followed for thousands of years, and were offered by the Buddha as ‘openhanded, universal, inviting all to come to see for themselves.'”

-Jack Kornfield

We, at Against the Stream, are still practicing the teachings of the Way of the Elders. Through the centuries there have been many masters and many different techniques offered to understand the mental and physical processes of human experience, all with awakening as their central principle.

This half daylong is dedicated to honoring a few of these masters and the practices that they taught.  Through discussion and meditation you will leave with a deeper understanding of some of the Theravadan principles and meditation practices.

All levels of practice experience welcome.

This is a dana-only morning and all are welcome.


JoAnna Harper has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She teaches; adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, day longs and weekly classes, and works with at risk youth and non at risk youth in institutional and school settings. She has been trained in council facilitation with the Ojai Foundation, is a graduate of Noah Levine’s Against the Stream teacher training and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC four-year teacher training. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.

This class will be held at 1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA