Category Archives: Classes & Events

Half Day Retreat w/ ATS Boston Teacher, Chris Crotty

The Noble Truth of Freedom:  Insight that Destroys Suffering

What: Half Day Retreat w/ ATS Boston Teacher Chris Crotty
Where: Against the Stream Nashville (3816 Charlotte Ave)
When: April 8th
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Suggested Donation – $45
Pre-registeration is very helpful, but is not necessary.

Please pre-register via Venmo @atsnashville, or via paypal

Through insight meditation we calm
the mind and investigate the root cause of suffering.  Through practice, we learn that genuine freedom is not a complicated path, despite the confusion we experience in our own life.  The depth of the Buddha’s liberation teachings are in their simplicity: radical transformation is found in our capacity to be with experience as it is; we don’t need to change anything! This day-long retreat will explore the highest ideal of Buddhist teachings – freedom from suffering – through simple meditation techniques and an emphasis on ease and self-acceptance.

**Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome**

Retreat will include guided meditation, silence, and discussion with an opportunity to ask questions.
Please bring a lunch, light snacks will be provided.

Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine.  Practicing meditation since 1998, Chris has trained with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka, Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers.  Chris’s main practices are Vipassana (insight) and Metta (loving-kindness).  Chris completed the Against the Stream teacher-training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro in 2015, and is the guiding teacher at Against the Stream Boston.  Chris is a member of The Center for Spiritual Care & Pastoral Formation where he studies the integration of Buddhist practice and theology with clinical pastoral education.  Learn more about Chris at



A Year in the Dharma: Intensive Buddhist Study Program



This 12-month program is designed as an interactive, educational, and experiential study of Buddhist theory and practices as outlined through an Early Buddhist context. The course curriculum will focus on themes related to the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the Four Brahmaviharas. There will be educational lectures and assignments (assigned texts, articles, and audio recordings), peer teaching and facilitation, as well as guided practices related to mindfulness, heart practice, and relational dialogue. The program is appropriate for beginners, as well as those with long-term practice.

Scheduled Dates (One Sunday morning per month) from 10am – 1pm:

February 26; March 19; April 9 (tentative); May 7; June 25; July 9; August 13; September 10; October 15; November 12; December 10

Final Group on January 14 – NO CLASS – Graduation @ Sunday Evening Group (7pm – 8:30pm)

We will be reading the following texts, in order*:

  1. “Buddhism: A Concise Introduction” by Huston Smith & Philip Novak – DUE Feb. 26th.
  2. “The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering” by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  3. “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening” by Joseph Goldstein

* “Buddhism: A Concise Introduction” is assigned reading, due by course start date, Feb 26th.

Cost: $500 – 700 (Sliding Scale) for the 12 months, payable by the first class date.

If you need to make other financial arrangements, contact:

** Registration Deadline is February 6th **

Register by following link, or reaching out to


Andrew Chapman currently manages operations, facilitates groups, and offers adjunct workshops and courses at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Nashville. Both his personal and professional work have been supported through intensive practice and educational curriculums related to Early Buddhism, Western psychology, as well as through his work as a master’s level social worker and addictions and mental health counselor. Andrew will graduate from a 2.5 year Buddhist facilitator training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the Spring of 2017. He has been a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Meharry Medical college.

Refuge Recovery Workshop w/ Dave Smith

Dave Smith, founder and guiding teacher at Against the Stream Nashville, will be offering this Refuge Recovery workshop. Please see details below!

When: May 7th

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Against the Stream Nashville – 3816 Charlotte Ave


Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction treatment program
that utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the cornerstone of the program.
Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths,
emphasis is placed on both wisdom and compassion as a means for
overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with substance
abuse greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering
that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain
they have experienced.

During this workshop Dave will outline how Buddhist practices are
carefully combined and fully utilized within the Refuge Recovery
Program created by Buddhist teacher Noah Levine. There will be
detailed Buddhist teachings, guided mindfulness and compassion
meditations and interactive group process.

If you’d like to reserve a space, please pre-register here:

Feel free to come the day of the event if you are unable to register.

No one will be turned away from any ATS event due to lack of funds.

Dave’s Biography:

Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment
specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. He is trained
to teach Buddhist meditation by Noah Levine. Dave 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, public libraries, and speaks nationally at Addiction and
Behavioral Health conferences. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles
to work full time for Refuge Recovery Centers.


Half Day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat – April 2nd

Where: Against the Stream Nashville (3816 Charlotte Ave)
Date & Time: April 2nd, from 10am-2pm

The Buddhist path offers us practical and applicable tools for our real, everyday lives. The practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness can and should become a way of life. In order to truly live the teachings we need to dedicate periods of time to intensive formal practice. This day-long retreat is an opportunity to do just that.
Together we will explore the four foundations of mindfulness with an emphasis on loving-kindness in a distraction free and supportive environment. ATS group facilitator, Andrew Chapman, will be leading the HalfDay Retreat. The day will be held in silence and instructions will be offered throughout. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. This event is appropriate for anyone who is interested. No experience is necessary, pre-registration is very helpful…but feel free to show up the day of the event if needed. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Link to pre-register HERE

Looking forward to practicing with you!

Ethical Mindfulness E book now available.


Hello my friends,

As many of you know I have been working on a writing project entitled, Ethical Mindfulness.  I am very happy to report that the ebook is now live and available for purchase for only 2.99$. It is available in variety of formats and websites. I have provided a link to the amazon location below as I trust that is the most popular format. It can also be found in I-tunes books.

I am in several conversations about getting a contract for a full length printed book and the success of this ebook will play a critical role. If you are an e-reader please consider buying a copy. If you have outreach potential with facebook, twitter, email list and so forth, I would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes and do anything you can to get the word out and support this effort.

Much love to you all, Below is some text that may also be helpful.

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Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. Dave is trained to teach Buddhist meditation by Noah Levine. He 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, public libraries, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles.


Ethical Mindfulness

There is no limit to what can be said about the practice of mindfulness. New areas of science, such as the field of contemplative neuroscience, are emerging to study the affects of mindfulness meditation on the human brain. Buddhist scholars continue to put out new theories about how the mind was understood and practiced by the Buddha 2500 years ago. Despite the increasing diversity of views and opinions among different mindfulness communities, one thing remains clear: mindfulness has positive mental and emotional consequences for those who practice it. Within the mainstream, mindfulness practice has been reduced to a science of attention training with no emphasis placed on the role of ethics. As mindfulness enters a world with epidemic anxiety, depression and stress the need for practices that hold non-harming as a core value is overwhelmingly obvious and without significant remedy.


For mindfulness to function properly, a matrix of skills and abilities is required. It requires a whole range of applications that balance cognitive skills with ethical qualities. It provides us the ability to view our lives from a new and much wider perspective. It allows us to apply critical thinking and discernment, logic, ethics, and an openness to question old ideas and core beliefs. It allows for personal change and transformation. It supports confidence and trust that we can overcome the challenges that we face.

Refuge Recovery Treatment Centers

The Refuge Recovery program blends Buddhist meditation and philosophy with evidenced-based psychotherapy models that have been shown to be effective with addiction. We offer a wide range of programming such as: mindfulness-based relapse prevention, CBT, EMDR, somatic experience, attachment theory, internal family systems, yoga, motivational interviewing, art therapy, anger management, intensive writing workshops and mindfulness-based living skills.


The treatment program utilizes a holistic approach that incorporates the mind, body, family, and spirituality. Our services are trauma-specific and provide a supportive environment for people to develop self-regulation skills and gain the ability to process the suffering caused by their addiction. Individualized treatment plans include one-on-one sessions with a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and personal case manager to ensure both a linear continuity of care and optimum recovery efficacy.


ATS New Years Intention Ceremony on December 31st: from 1030pm-1230am
Come enjoy some time of reflection and community dialogue as we sit through the New Year. Some of our community members will be offering a formal Intention Setting Ceremony that will include:
(1) Taking the 3 Refuges
(2) Setting of an Intention for the New Year
(3) Meditating into the New Year!
If you are interested in engaging in a meaningful night of intention to bring-in the New Year, come join us at the center from 1030pm-1230am on NYE. This event is free of charge and donations are greatly appreciated.


May we learn to care about the suffering and confusion in our lives.