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Buddhadharma : Summer 2013
SUMMER 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 79 S ince its founding in 2000, the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society (ATS) has been a hard-to-miss feature of the American Buddhist landscape, fre- quently noted for its tattoo-covered teachers. In its brief history, however, ATS has quickly dis- tinguished itself for reasons far more substantial than a gritty aesthetic. The community, started as the Dharma Punx in San Francisco by teacher and author Noah Levine, has quickly grown into one of the most well-attended and diverse sang- has in the country. In the beginning, ATS tended to attract people from the punk and hardcore music scenes that Levine was a part of, but word quickly spread to other communities that it was a sangha where you wouldn’t be the only young or gay person, or person of color, in the room. The result is a sangha that is unusually young for a West- ern dharma community, with large numbers of LGBTQ and people of color. by Andrew Merz AGAINST THE STREAM BUDDHIST MEDITATION SOCIETY Against the Stream has six main groups led by ATS-trained teachers. The three largest ones, in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, see average attendances of about one hundred people at regular weekly meditation sessions. In addition, ATS has thirteen affiliate groups in cit- ies all over North America, from Montreal to Nashville. These groups are either led by ATS- trained facilitators or are peer-led, organized by ATS students. With its roots in the Theravada tradition, shaped by the Insight meditation com- munities of Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein, ATS emphasizes the four noble truths, the four foundations of mindfulness, and the brahmaviharas: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. The teach- ers draw on non-Theravada resources as well, including clinical psychology and teachings from other Buddhist traditions. Creating an accessible, inclusive sangha is important to ATS teachers, who themselves struggled to find a welcoming environment when they began to meditate. “I needed to bond with a community where I felt that I could talk openly and honestly about my experiences,” recalls Josh Korda, leader of the New York sangha. Vinny PHOTO | SARIT ROGERS (Left to right) Vinny Ferraro, Josh Korda, and Noah Levine Profile