More than three decades ago, Mary Stancavage picked up her first Buddhist book, “Start Where You Are” by Pema Chödrön. “It resonated with me so completely,” she remembers. “This was the life I was attempting to live.” Mary practiced meditation sporadically over the next several years and had a regular yoga practice, but it wasn't until 2005 when she began studying in earnest. She was empowered to teach Buddhadharma in 2009 and has been facilitating groups and teaching ever since. In recovery from addiction for more than 30 years, Mary knows firsthand the power meditation has to end suffering for those who are struggling. She’s completed the Chaplaincy Training Program through the Sati Center, served as a volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles, and served as executive director of the Mind Body Awareness Project in Oakland, which brings mindfulness and emotional awareness training to underserved and incarcerated youth. Mary considers acknowledging the suffering caused by various forms of oppression — such as systemic racism, homophobia, misogyny, and xenophobia — and working to end injustice wherever it is found as a cornerstone of her practice.
Los Angeles California United States
San Jose State UniversityBachelor of Arts in Anthropology 2020 - Present
University of California, Los AngelesMaster of Arts in History 2020 - Present
Executive DirectorMind Body Awareness Project Jan 2016 - Feb 2018 (2 years)
DirectorAgainst the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society Oct 2008 - Oct 2018 (10 years)
Dharma TeacherUndefended Dharma Aug 2008 - Present (15 years)
DirectorPerformance Consulting Group Jan 1997 - Present (26 years)