JoAnna was born into a Catholic family and has early memories of being drawn toward contemplation, quietness and inner reflection.
Over the years, the seed of contemplation bloomed, leading to the exploration of numerous spiritual traditions before eventually finding her home in Buddhism and vipassanā meditation.
JoAnna teaches weekly and daylong classes, silent retreats and works with a number of private students.
She is passionate about sharing the dharma with traditionally underrepresented communities - her main focus is dharma-related perspectives to social and racial justice.
Upcoming Retreats & Events
Classes in LA
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
4300 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles,Ca
June 3rd, 2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm -Sydney Reece sub.
June 17th,2018 Dharma Talk & Meditation, 11am-12:30pm
July 1st,2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm- Teacher TBD
July 15th,2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30 pm- Teacher TBD
July 21st, 2018 DAYLONG FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR, 10:00am-5:00pm
August 5th, 2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm
September 2nd, 2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm
September 15th, 2018 DAYLONG, 10am-5:00 pm-with Liz Philipose
September 16th,2018 Dharma Talk & Meditation, 11am-12:30pm
October 5th-7th, 2018 PEOPLE OF COLOR NON-RESIDENTIAL RETREAT -JoAnna, Devin Berry, & Booker
October 21st, 2018 Dharma Talk & Meditation, 11am-12:30pm
November 4th, 2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm
November 18th,2018 Dharma Talk & Meditation, 11am-12:30pm
December 2nd,2018 People of Color and Allies, 11am-12:30pm
December 16th,2018 Dharma Talk & Meditation, 11am-12:30pm
Articles & Interviews
Against the Stream: Taking Refuge in an American Sangha: a short interview with JoAnna produced by the USC Center for Religion & Civic Culture on the importance of community in building American Buddhism.
Extensive recordings of JoAnna's dharma talks and guided meditations are available in the following places:
This 8-week online course through the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies explores how the liberating teachings of the Buddha relate to the contemporary social issue of race. The facilitating teacher team of JoAnna Hardy, Sebene Selassie, Erin Treat, and Brian Lesage examines how the dharma can be applied to cultural separation and oppression.
A 4-module, self-paced online course lead by JoAnna that navigates the world of sensuality, desire and relationship from a Buddhist perspective. We explore what the Buddha taught regarding relationship and sexuality and leap forward 2600 years to an ever-growing population of non-monastic practitioners living life in the world of sensuality, desire and relationship.
For 10% Happier subscribers, this course looks at the relationship of sila (ethical conduct) to meditation practice. The course was shot in a bar to underscore that precepts are not commandments but trainings. We seek to cultivate a deep, ongoing exploration of how our actions and behaviors affect our mind & heart.
Next Step Dharma is a six week online course focusing on post-retreat integration. Featuring JoAnna and a variety of prominent Insight Meditation teachers, it's particularly useful for folks who are new to the process of transitioning back into daily life from the space of retreat.
JoAnna does individual mentoring work with dharma students around the world. Sessions are 30 minutes ($55) and can be scheduled below.