Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds /Milk Tea Alliance
[Editor: The following is the most current information that I have been able to glean from the ‘net on the current status of Noah Levine’s relationship to Refuge Recovery. This is a fast-moving situation so check back for updates over the next few days.]
The following statement is from Jean Tuller, Exec. Director of Refuge Recovery, copied from their Facebook page, which was posted on 8/25/2018 at 8:38 PM (yesterday):
Hi Sangha- questions are coming in as to what’s happening with Refuge Recovery given the announcement today regarding Noah Levine and Against the Stream. Our non-profit exists to support local Refuge Recovery meetings around the world and we have 600 of them today. Noah has been on voluntary leave of absence from the non-profit Board for several months while this matter has been pending. Christopher Kavanaugh, in his capacity as interim Chair of the Refuge Board, is convening the Board quickly to prepare and distribute a response. Our non-profit and our global sangha are strong and resilient. With great compassion for all, we’re continuing forward. As Executive Director of the non-profit, I have recused myself from Board deliberations and am focusing my energy on supporting sangha during this tough time. The Regional Representatives will be meeting tomorrow morning and we’ll be having the discussion of how best to provide support. I see through the dialogue on this and other Facebook posts that our sangha is connecting and walking through this together. Let’s keep at that. We are more than one person, folks. We always have been, we always will be. May all beings be at ease- Jean Tuller
—This is the next earlier post on Refuge Recovery Facebook page, dated August 9, 2018, also from Jean Tuller:
Hi folks- We have cut the address cord from ATS and the Refuge Treatment Center finally! Many thanks for the extraordinary patience exhibited by folks at both organizations. I’ve no doubt mail for us will still be going to ATS and the Treatment Centers for a bit but we’ll get there, hopefully soon. So for all of you who send donations to Refuge, please note the following new addresses. Our San Jose address is a virtual office, they just forward the mail to the mailing address in Portland. You can send your donations directly to us in Portland. And yes, choosing San Jose as our business address was a direct nod to all of you San Jose Sharks fans out there!
Our new business address is:
c/o Park Avenue at Downtown San Jose
177 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95113
Our new mailing address is:
2000 NE 42nd St.
PMB # 204
Portland OR 97213-1305
Hi Sangha- I hope you are finding joy and beauty wherever you are today. Some of you may have seen that Noah Levine is offering Refuge Recovery retreats and teacher training. This is a new enterprise that Noah and the folks at Rebel Saints Meditation Society in Seattle have started. To avoid any unnecessary confusion, I want to make it clear that their organization is not affiliated with Refuge Recovery, the non-profit organization. This is not a comment on Noah’s new venture, simply the refection that our non-profit is peer-led and not affiliated with any retreats or teacher training programs. We encourage local sanghas to host dharma events to deepen recovery and practice. In accordance with our Guiding Principles, how a sangha chooses to do that is a local decision. May all beings be at ease. Jean Tuller