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Stephen Dansiger

PsyD, MFT has been a practicing Buddhist since 1989.  Steve practiced in the Zen tradition for most of that time, including numerous retreats and a one-year residency at a Zen Buddhist monastery. He has taught mindfulness for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including meditation centers, schools, businesses, government agencies and treatment centers. He now teaches classes regularly at Against the Stream Meditation Society in Los Angeles, and also leads short retreats and workshops locally and nationally. He is the Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers which he helped start with Noah Levine. He also created their treatment model, the MET(T)A Method. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers, and (with Jamie Marich) EMDR and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (coming Summer 2017). More about Steve can be found at

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October 2017

Kindness and the Transformation of Trauma and Suffering

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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A Half Daylong Retreat with Dr. Stephen Dansiger. The ancient teachings of the Buddha and those who have followed over the millennia have outlined many aspects of the enlightenment experience, including the Brahmaviharas: Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity. These are often described as the result of dedicated practice, but can also be cultivated directly through practices specific to these four qualities. Modern trauma theory and practice also outlines the critical need for the cultivation of positive states and resources…

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November 2017

Noah Levine with guests Dr. Stephen Dansiger and Josh Korda – Meditation and Dharma Talk

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST
Santa Monica Center, 1001a Colorado Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401 United States
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As the dharma spreads to new cultures it invariably assimilates the world views and practices of that culture, creating vibrantly new approaches to spiritual practice. For example, when Buddhism spread to China and then Japan it amalgamated core Taoist principles, resulting in the Zen lineage. Today much of the interaction in the US is seen between the dharma and Western therapy, resulting in a wide variety of innovative modalities, including DBT, MBSR, and others, while also helping expand lay participation…

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