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Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    But Definitely in the Flow

    I've been studying the teachings of the Buddah for 20 years and have had a daily meditation practice for ten. I found this book accurate and immmensely appealing. The author sums up the key events in the life of the Buddah and the key teachings he has left us in a simple, straightforward, sometimes moving, sometimes amusing way. It's an useful and intriguing guide for beginners and a refreshing review for older hands like me. By focusing on the ways in which this system of thought conflicts with the norms of mainstream society, Levine clarifies the revolutionary and compassionate nature of the practice.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 23, 2014

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    Posted January 23, 2014

    Ambertree

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    Book Review Noah Levine¿s¿ Against the Stream, a sequence to Dha

    Book Review
    Noah Levine’s’ Against the Stream, a sequence to Dharma Punx, serves as a systematic guideline into the practice of Buddhism and a reflection of his life. The plot is to inform the reader about hindrances and addictions, and to instruct them on how to achieve happiness through Buddhism.
    Many religious books summarize the old teachings of good and bad. The purpose of Against the Stream is to serve as relevance between modern society’s temptations and mediation. Levine leaves behind the dogmatic and culturally biased perspectives of Buddhism, which current Buddhist integrates into their practice. He introduces the reader with Siddhartha Gautama’s spiritual revolution, which is now known as Buddhism. He carries his plot on from his first book to show his reader how medication helped with his life achievements.
    Levine wrote the book in first person to emphasize getting into the reader’s mind to connect with them. He does not try to force his religion to the reader as shown in the beginning of the book; he shares his knowledge to those that are interested (Levine, 2007). The reader is given a brief summary of his past for those that have not read Dharma Punx to help understand why he is able to write a manual for meditation. Levine believes there are five main experiences that tent to slow people’s progress on the spiritual path. Laziness, described as sleepiness, can interrupt meditation because most people find it hard to sit still and remain awake. Restlessness is the inability to sit still. Levine quotes his father telling him, “If you can’t be bored, you can’t be Buddhist” (Levine, 2007). Aversion is the anger felt from painful experiences in life. Craving comes from the body and mind’s want for pleasure. The last hindrance is doubt, the feeling of not being able to accomplish what is desired to be done (Levine, 2007). Once the reader understands and relates to these, it is easier for the reader to understand the next chapters, “Boot Camp” and “The Field Guide”.
    “Boot Camp” is the fundamentals of the spiritual revolution. The chapter informs the reader that the external revaluation is just as important as the internal. The person must practice Buddha’s teachings about generosity, compassion, loving-kindness, appreciation, and equanimity. He wrote, “Generosity takes many different forms and can originate in many different motivations” (Levine, 2007). Generosity is meant to alleviate some of the suffering of the world. Compassion works to help free pain instead of bottling it inside, Levine teaches the reader to accept their pain and that of others. Loving-kindness is used to create routines that are more positive. Appreciation balances the joys and sorrows in life. Equanimity is the balance of caring and wisdom. Once these are practiced, the reader can learn to understand the heart-mind liberation; forgiveness and death are important aspects in life and engage in reality. “The Field Guide” confronts the temptations and additions in life and people face and how to overcome these habits. Community is important to learn and teach others from one generation to the next. What people teach their children can be difference in a community stuck in judgment, confusion and fear or love, compassion and kindness. “Sexxxuality” is the strongest of all energies but Levine discusses the subject from other religions and lets the reader know that sex is “neither good nor bad. It is natural. It is neutral. It is just energy” (Levine, 2007). He believes that money is energy because society thrives on it for comfort and pleasure but money is not happiness and not to cling to wealth. Finding freedom is considered breaking these addictions to find peace and happiness in life, the ultimate goal of Buddhism. 
    Noah Levine has changed from an addict and criminal to a bestselling author and highly educated person holding a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Against the Stream compares people in modern day society as fish swimming upstream. His manual focuses on educating the masses about how to integrate the practices of Buddhism in their lives to change and ultimately obtain happiness by understanding the hindrances and addictions they must overcome. 

    Works Cited
    Levine, N. (2007). Against the stream. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

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    I think the warriors den should be here. And then the apprentices, and then all the training and hunting spots.

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    Posted July 26, 2012

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    Posted July 26, 2012

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    Rushes in) okay im here itll be ok(squeezes lavender juice into whitefoots mouth ad then gets her herbs. Puts goldenrod and bidrock root on her wound along with dried oak leaves and covers it with cobwebs. She then squeezes some water inti whitefoots mouth) ~ tigerleaf

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    Posted July 26, 2012

    Whitefoot

    *gasps in pain* "Thanks Tigerleaf." *struggles to get up and limps home shakily in between Tigerleaf and Skyleaf* "Thanks Moonshine!" she called over her shoulder. ~Injured Whitefoot

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