Coffee and gratitude

On Saturday December 8th come hang out with other mediators and grab some coffee, tea, and or breakfast. No agenda, just meeting cool new people who also think sitting around doing nothing is harder than it sounds and can achieve more than you thought.

I’ll have a selection of thank you cards and we can practice some gratitude.

I’d love to see more of a meditation/buddhist (small b intended) community in Phoenix outside of meditation halls. Meditation is where we prepare and reflect, our lives are where we practice.

Hope to see you there.

Location: Fair Trade Cafe – 1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ

When: starting at 10:00 am and I’ll be there until at least 11:30am

You can also RSVP on our Meetup page

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Coffee & Gratitude

On Saturday November 17th come hang out with other mediators and grab some coffee, tea, and or breakfast. No agenda, just meeting cool new people who also think sitting around doing nothing is harder than it sounds and can achieve more than you thought.

I’ll have a selection of thank you cards and we can practice some gratitude.

I’d love to see more of a meditation/buddhist (small b intended) community in Phoenix outside of meditation halls. Meditation is where we prepare and reflect, our lives are where we practice.

Hope to see you there.

  • Location: Fair Trade Cafe – 1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: starting at 10:00 am and I’ll be there until at least 11:30am
  • You can also RSVP on our Meetup page

Coffee and gratitude

On Saturday October 13th come hang out with other mediators and grab some coffee, tea, and or breakfast. No agenda, just meeting cool new people who also think sitting around doing nothing is harder than it sounds and can achieve more than you thought.

I’ll have a selection of thank you cards and we can practice some gratitude.

I’d love to see more of a meditation/buddhist (small b intended) community in Phoenix outside of meditation halls. Meditation is where we prepare and reflect, our lives are where we practice.

Hope to see you there.

  • Location: Fair Trade Cafe – 1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: starting at 10:00 am and I’ll be there until at least 11:30am
  • You can also RSVP on our Meetup page

Update on Noah Levin Allegations

We wish to share the statement and results from the Against the Stream Meditation Society (ATS) on the recent allegations of sexual misconduct about Noah Levine, founder of the ATS and author of Dharma Punx which we fist addressed in this post.

In short, the Against the Steam Meditation Society recently stated that:  “Ms. Yang [the independent investigator] concluded that with multiple women, Mr. Levine violated the Third Precept of the Teacher’s Code of Ethics, namely, “to avoid creating harm through sexuality.”” and ATS shared “The standard for evaluating a Buddhist teacher’s actions are not the same as the criminal or even the civil standards of proof. Spiritual leaders are held to a higher ethical standard than the public at large and higher than other community leaders.  However, ATS’ conclusion is not a finding of guilt or liability by a court; it is our conclusion based on our own evaluation of the evidence presented to us.  Mr. Levine denied, and continues to deny, wrongdoing.”

To read in full the ATS statement please see this article by Lion’s Roar. There is also this article from Tricycle, though it does not share the full ATS statement.

The impact of this investigation on ATS is that as of September 30th the Against the Steam Meditation Society will dissolve.

What does this mean for Phoenix Dharma Punks? Well, operationally, nothing really. As we shared in our previous post we aren’t really an official group of any kind and we’ve never been anything more than loosely connected to the ATS and Noah – please see the post for the exact details. Thus we will continue to meet just as we have, as a group of individuals who practice and share the Dharma together.

What we have done in response to this news is remove the links we previous had on this site to Noah, his books, the Against the Stream Meditation Society, and Refuge Recovery (which is a for profit organization which Noah is a principal owner.)

It is not our place to judge, and we certainly don’t have all the facts to do so, but given the disillusion of the ATS, and the loose nature of our groups’ association to begin with, these steeps seem both reasonable and called for.

“If you find a wise and virtuous traveler to share the path with rejoice. If you find no one of benefit to walk with (at the moment), walk on alone.” – paraphrased Dhammapada

 

Coffee, gratitude, and the anarchist steering committee

On Saturday August 18th come hang out with other mediators and grab some coffee, tea, and or breakfast. No agenda, just meeting cool new people who also think sitting around doing nothing is harder than it sounds and can achieve more than you thought.

I’ll have a selection of thank you cards and we can practice some gratitude.

I’d love to see more of a meditation/buddhist (small b intended) community in Phoenix outside of meditation halls. Meditation is where we prepare and reflect, our lives are where we practice.

Hope to see you there.

  • Location: Fair Trade Cafe – 1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • When: starting at 10:00 am and I’ll be there until at least 12p
  • You can also RSVP on our Meetup page

Following the coffee and gratitude event feel free to join us for the anarchist steering committee. This is for those people willing to take on a little extra ownership of Phoenix Dharma Punks. We’ll talk a bit about what it takes to keep our little group running and share ideas about areas we might expand.