Movie Night

On Friday May 11 we are hosting a movie night at CommunityWise Resource Centre. This event is open to all, light snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided. There is a suggested donation of $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please RSVP with Jill if you plan to attend!

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Past Events


Talk and Half-Day Workshop with Dave Smith


August 12: Practicing Metta Vipassana 7 – 9 PM
August 13: Refuge Recovery Inventory Workshop 10 – 2 PM

Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. He is empowered to teach by Noah Levine of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). As a long-time Buddhist practitioner and recovering addict, Dave has been working closely with recovering addicts for over eight years. During this time he has operated intensive programs and trainings for the Nashville office of the Mind Body Awareness Project (MBA). Dave has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the guiding teacher and program director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. He provides direct services for mental health agencies, the public library, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles.


Talk by Dr. Stephen Dansiger

Dr. Stephen Dansiger, Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers in Los Angeles has offered to come by and offer us a meditation, informal talk and short discussion period after our regular meeting on Sunday April 23 2017 at 8:30pm in our meeting space.
Dr. Steve played CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in the late 70s; drank, played in a toy rock band and then got sober in the 80s; became an international educator and rocker again in the 90s; and a sought after clinician and meditation teacher in the 2000s. Dr. Steve has attempted to cure Marc Maron on WTF, become a master EMDR therapist and provider of Basic Training with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and with Noah Levine helped set up the premiere Buddhist addictions rehab center, Refuge Recovery Centers. At Refuge Recovery Centers he has developed and instituted the MET(T)A Method, a design for addictions agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the anchor. He gives regular Dharma talks at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and with his own DharmaSpring, is beginning production of two podcasts, seeing patients, and supervising and guiding young clinicians. At all other times, he is wrangling and entertaining his 7 year old daughter.

Dr. Steve’s new book Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers is available now in paperback and Kindle. He (with co-author Dr. Jamie Marich) have written EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care, now available for pre-order, to be released by Springer Publishing in August 2017.

Dr. Steve Dansiger – Sangha – April 23, 2017 


Talk on Craving by Tim Sampson

Join us Friday March 24 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at CommunityWise Resource Center.  We will begin with a 15-20 minute meditation, a talk on craving, and end with a discussion.

Nobody is turned away for a lack of funds, and suggested donation for the event is $15-$25 sliding scale (Dana for support of Refuge Recovery and Tim Sampson).


Baizan Tim Sampson has been practicing in the SotoZen tradition since 1994, having spent five years as a resident at the San Francisco Zen Center. In 2004 Tim received Shukke Tokudo (priest ordination) in Tokyo from Junyu Kuroda Roshi. Currently, Tim is a student of Zoketsu Norman Fischer and received priest ordination from him in 2015.He has been practicing since 1994, and he will be offering a talk that will be open to all members of the local community.