Recovery Teachers

Buddhism and Recovery Teachers


Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against The Stream,
is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He was trained to teach by Jack
Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He is the founding
teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with a center in Los
Angeles and over 20 affiliated groups around North America. He teaches
meditation classes, workshops and retreats internationally. Noah holds a
Masters degree in counseling psychology. He is also on the board of directors
of the Buddhist Recovery Network. Levine lives in Los Angeles.

Jordan Kramer first
took refuge with His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 1999 at the age of 15.  He
has been a serious meditation practitioner for the past 8 years.  He is a
Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and has been working with teens and
their families for the past 7 years.  Jordan completed “A Year to
Live” practice and is currently studying and in Facilitator Training under
the guidance of Noah Levine.

Jason Murphy has been practicing Vipassana (Insight) meditation
since 1994. He is a teacher and counselor who has been working with youth and
families for the past 15 years. He is a certified addictions counselor. Jason
has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings around the country. He
now leads a weekly Vipassana group for young adults in Santa Cruz, Ca

Joseph Rogers has
been sitting and studying meditation with Noah Levine since 2005.  He has
participated in both the Year to Live practice and a yearlong compassion
practice with Noah and Against the Stream.  Especially interested in
meditation as an outgrowth of recovery work, he has been teaching mindfulness
and meditation practices to teens with substance abuse issues for the past two
years.  He has also participated in facilitating anger management groups
at Camp David Gonzalez with Noah Levine and JoAnna Harper.  Joseph is
currently participating in the year-long facilitator training with Against the
Stream and plans on kicking Samsara’s ass.

Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual
practice for over 20 years. She began studying with Noah Levine in 2005, and in
2007 completed the Year-to-Live practice which she has described as
“transformational and life-changing”. Mary is also in the teacher training
program with Noah, and currently serves as Director of Against the Stream
Buddhist Meditation Society. She teaches meditation at recovery centers in Los
Angeles and co-facilitated the 2008-2009 Year-to-Live group.  In addition,
Mary has a Masters from UCLA, and has worked as an archaeologist in the Middle