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What Is


Avant-Dharma is a learning modality inspired from the merging of Avant-Garde Jazz philosophy and Traditional Mindfulness practices. The merging of these formidable traditions provides greater space and capacity for individuals to identify, cultivate and discover unique means of expression for their Authentic Selves.


Avant-Dharma is tailored to support people within all levels of Creative Arts Vocations - Musicians, Actors, Dance, Literary, Public Figures and many others - in order to offer direct-support to their ongoing, non-conventional evolution as People and Artists. The Avant-Dharma offerings are also offered within Educational and Business organizations to authentically develop leaders and teams.


Oftentimes our authentic qualities are deeply embedded outside of our common zones of familiarity and comfort. We employ Mindfulness practices as a means to safely explore these aspects of ourselves and ultimately embrace these areas of unfamiliarity. 


Avant-Dharma is a practice of Contemplative Exploration and Authentic Expression…

We honor All Spiritual Traditions, as well as the individual choice of a Higher Power. Meditation experience is not a requirement for participation. All Avant-Dharma offerings emphasize and promote the development of Community Inclusivity, Clarity and Relational Understanding.

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About Thomas Davis IV

Thomas Davis IV is a Mindfulness and Life Teacher that has devoted over 25 years of study, practice and service within progressive spiritual communities including: Buddhist, Christian and essential community-based institutions in Northern and Southern California. As a result, there is a natural fluidity that Thomas possesses to find commonality and connection across the spectrum of Diverse People’s that makes up our present-day Society. 


Avant-Dharma is a creation of Thomas, that fulfills an expression of service which naturally emerged from over a decade of intrigue, and fascination of the obscure, cryptic and auspicious, creative processes of Avant-Garde Jazz Artists. Many of these Jazz Artists expressions continue to have a profound impact on the world, years after their transition from this Earthly Plane. By committing to a dedicated study of these Artists’ lives, challenges, attitudes towards their own practices and aspirations, Thomas began to simultaneously discover and apply similar qualities to his own Mindfulness practice. Thomas offers Avant-Dharma as an authentic expression of his own heart and vision, coupled with the intention to offer novel and inventive ways that could help people connect with their True Nature. 


Thomas understands the unique challenges of finding, trusting and expressing one’s Authentic Voice, Imagination and Ideas and that it can be daunting, elusive and obscure for many people. Avant-Dharma is intended to support people through many aspects of these living processes so that we may show up equipped and prepared to offer our Best to our Communities.


Thomas Davis IV is a native of Oakland, California. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is a Teacher with the InsightLA Meditation Center, InsightinSchools and Guiding Teacher of the InsightLA POC Sangha. Thomas has also served non-profit organizations and entertainment industry clients with his teachings.

Avant-Dharma Offerings

Group Sessions

Weekly People of Color Sangha Friday evenings from 7-9 PST on Zoom.

One to One

Thomas offers hour long Standard and Custom One to One sessions in the Avant-Dharma modality.


Thomas is available on an hourly rate to build custom offerings that serve clients in corporate spaces, based on their unique needs. 

Speaking Engagements

Thomas is an experienced public speaker on topics of mindfulness, meditation, and wellbeing in corporate, nonprofit, and education spaces.

Workshops & Retreats

Half and full day long engagements with Thomas in a small group setting.

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