Description of Organization
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society (ATS) was founded in 2007 by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. The mission is to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life. The organization welcomes people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religious backgrounds and believes that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all. ATS strives to create a safe environment for all who come to practice. Currently ATS has three centers and affiliated groups in Nashville, Boston and around the US, Canada and Europe. ATS offers dozens of weekly classes and class series, day long retreats and longer term study opportunities. Thousands of people per month come through ATS’s doors and thousands more listen to ATS’s podcasts and view their videos. ATS also offers silent residential retreats throughout the country.
In 2017, a grant in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to provide scholarship support to People of Color, LGBTQ and other under-represented groups in the Against the Stream Facilitator Training Program with the goal of training teachers and facilitators who are more representative of the community as a whole.