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Dharma Punx

A Memoir
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
April, 2004
ISBN:
9780060008956
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$19.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Dharma Punx is the story of both a young man and of a generation of angry youths who rebelled against their parents and the spiritual values of the Sixties. “I totally rejected meditation and all the spiritual shit they built their lives on. Looking at the once idealistic hippie generation who had long since cut their hair, left the commune, and bought into the system, we saw that peace and love had failed to make any real changes in the world. In response, we felt despair and hopelessness, out of which came the punk rock movement.”

Many will identify with the author’s rites of passage as we follow a self-destructive kid who bottoms out on drugs, drinking, and his dissatisfaction with life, and then turns toward a life of spiritual practice and service. From juvenile hall to the dharma hall, a confused young man searches for identity, purpose, and clarity.

While Levine comes to embrace the same spiritual tradition of his father, writer Stephen Levine, he finds his most authentic expression in the seemingly opposed worlds of Punk and Buddhism. He speaks for an angry and lost generation that is finding its footing. Here is a raw story that takes us deep inside the punk scene and moves from that lost and raging place to one of health, service, and genuine spiritual growth.

It’s a full circle, from being institutionalized to teaching meditation in institutions, from robbing and stealing to giving and forgiving.

It’s a story about finding freedom and then spending the rest of our lives giving it away.

Noah Levine is currently in Buddhist teacher training with Jack Kornfield.

“Fierce and disarming in its honesty, raw and true in its expression, Dharma Punx conveys with deadly accuracy the particular kind of desperate hopelessness that only the young can feel. It’s amazing that Noah Levine could have lived to tell this harrowing tale… It presents spiritual practice as it really is, with all the ups and downs, the relapses and reversals that inevitably occur as you begin to undertake the task of truly making peace with your own karma.” —Norman Fischer, author of Opening to You

Publisher’s Description: 

Fueled by the music of revolution, anger, fear, and despair, we dyed our hair or shaved our heads ... Eating acid like it was candy and chasing speed with cheap vodka, smoking truckloads of weed, all in a vain attempt to get numb and stay numb.

This is the story of a young man and a generation of angry youths who rebelled against their parents and the unfulfilled promise of the sixties. As with many self-destructive kids, Noah Levine's search for meaning led him first to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. But the search didn't end there. Having clearly seen the uselessness of drugs and violence, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as the lies of society. Fueled by his anger at so much injustice and suffering, Levine now uses that energy and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion.

While Levine comes to embrace the same spiritual tradition as his father, bestselling author Stephen Levine, he finds his most authentic expression in connecting the seemingly opposed worlds of punk and Buddhism. As Noah Levine delved deeper into Buddhism, he chose not to reject the punk scene, instead integrating the two worlds as a catalyst for transformation. Ultimately, this is an inspiring story about maturing, and how a hostile and lost generation is finally finding its footing. This provocative report takes us deep inside the punk scene and moves from anger, rebellion, and self-destruction, to health, service to others, and genuine spiritual growth.

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