Mary Stancavage

Dharma Teacher
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
  • Buddhism
Mary Stancavage


  • San Jose State University

    Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology 2020 - Present
  • University of California, Los Angeles

    Master of Arts in History 2020 - Present


  • Executive Director

    Mind Body Awareness Project Jan 2016 - Feb 2018 (2 years)
  • Director

    Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society Oct 2008 - Oct 2018 (10 years)
  • Dharma Teacher

    Undefended Dharma Aug 2008 - Present (15 years)
  • Director

    Performance Consulting Group Jan 1997 - Present (26 years)