Buddhist Practice In The Service Of All Beings Everywhere

It is through the activities of one’s life that one’s discernment shines.
— Anguttara Nikaya 3.2 - Lakkhana Sutta

About JoAnna

JoAnna (Harper) Hardy is an insight meditation (vipassanā) practitioner and teacher. She is Co-Guiding teacher at Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and a teacher's council member at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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. 

She was trained and empowered to teach in the IMS/Spirit Rock lineage.

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.

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Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word “love” here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.
— James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
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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


A Conversation on Race Awakening 

and Inclusion

April 27th, 2018

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.

How to Practice Loving-Kindness

Lion's Roar
October 26, 2017

Interview with JoAnna

Spirit Rock Newsletter
Summer 2016



Extensive recordings of JoAnna's dharma talks and guided meditations are available in the following places:


Online Courses


Barre Center For Buddhist Studies | Race & Dharma

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.

Sex, Intimacy & Communication

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.

10% Happier | Series on Ethics

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

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.

Individual Sessions

JoAnna does individual mentoring work with dharma students around the world. Sessions are 30 minutes ($55) and can be scheduled below.