NOAH LEVINE is the author of Dharma Punx, Against The Stream, The Heart of the Revolution and Refuge Recovery. Noah is the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and over 20 affiliated groups around North America. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats internationally. Noah, along with other teachers at A.T.S has created a Buddhist approach to addiction recovery called Refuge Recovery, with over 500 peer-led meetings worldwide as well as a dedicated Refuge Recovery treatment center.
JASON SIFF teaches Recollective Awareness Meditation. This technique comes out of Jason’s meditation teaching beginning in 1988 when he was a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka. It gradually evolved in the 1990s after Jason left the Buddhist Order and moved to Los Angeles. By the time he founded the Skillful Meditation Project in 1996, the approach to meditation that later became known as Recollective Awareness was already becoming known through his first meditation instruction manual, “The Moving and The Still,” his translation of the Satipatthana Sutta (available on this website), and the newsletter, “Skillful Means.” By 2000, when Jason began training teachers, the approach was firmly established, going under some other names before he decided on Recollective Awareness in 2006. He has trained several teachers since then, and written two definitive books, “Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get in the Way,” and “Thoughts Are Not the Enemy: An Innovative Approach to Meditation,” both published by Shambhala Publications.