The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha's Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness
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The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha's Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness

by Noah Levine
     
 

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“The Buddha’s teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action and invitation to revolution.”

Noah Levine, author of the national bestseller Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, is the leader of the youth movement for a new American Buddhism. In Heart of the Revolution, he offers a set of

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“The Buddha’s teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action and invitation to revolution.”

Noah Levine, author of the national bestseller Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, is the leader of the youth movement for a new American Buddhism. In Heart of the Revolution, he offers a set of reflections, tools, and teachings to help readers unlock their own sense of empathy and compassion. Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within, declares Levins to be "in the fore among Young Buddhas of America, a rebel with both a good cause and the noble heart and spiritual awareness to prove it,” saying, “I highly recommend this book to those who want to join us on this joyful path of mindfulness and awakening."

Editorial Reviews

"The Buddha's teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action and invitation to revolution." Author Noah Levine (Dharma Punx; Against the Stream) came to those teachings through the punk rock scene and internal unrest. Now a Dharma and Vipassana Meditation Teacher, he teaches a Buddhism that is more easily grasped than that expounded by Asian monastics or American academics. In The Heart of the Revolution, he unfolds practices that promise no quick fix, but instead a steady path to spiritual riches. An accessible guide for Gen-X spiritual seekers.

Natalie Goldberg
“You can feel it in the very sentences - Levine’s earnest drive to share what he’s learned, to bring us along into the open heart of revolution. This is a terrific new take on the old teachings - and I believe him. I want to join.”
Stephen Batchelor
“A passionate and timely appeal to overcome self-centredness through love and compassion, combined with eminently practical meditations to help you do so.”
Martine Batchelor
“The Heart of the Revolution is refreshing, relevant and to the point. A great manual for developing love and compassion in these difficult times.”
Shambhala Sun
“It offers a fresh look at mercy, a term not frequently used in Buddhism; includes an extensive commentary on the Metta Sutta; gives the lowdown on personal and romantic love; and explores cosmology and the three personality types according to traditional Buddhist thought.”
Kirkus Reviews

Noted American Buddhist teacher Levine (Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries, 2007, etc.) takes a no-nonsense approach to the basics of the Buddha's teachings in this practical volume geared toward an audience of unfamiliar seekers.

The author encourages the reader to become one of the "1%ers," who seek to live and encounter life in a very different way—both for their own good and for the good of others. A key basis to this lifestyle is to embrace compassion, which the author defines as "the experience of caring about pain and suffering—ours and others'." Levine writes of the difficulties he faced in learning compassion after a youth filled with violence, drug abuse and crime left him struggling with anger. But through the Buddha's teachings of forgiveness and kindness, the author gained inner peace and was able to transform his life. "There is hope for external transformation only if the internal revolution is firmly grounded in loving-kindness," he writes.Levine touches on specific teachings such as karma and tonglen, and provides a step-by-step guide to meditation as further help to the reader. Despite his didactic approach, the author has a tendency to reinforce the stereotype of American Buddhism as a spinoff of hippie culture.Levine's narrative is earthy and gritty, but too often seems to devalue the Buddhist religion and its teachings.

Hard-boiled, sometimes irreverent look at the Buddha.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061711244
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
171,372
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Martine Batchelor
“The Heart of the Revolution is refreshing, relevant and to the point. A great manual for developing love and compassion in these difficult times.”
Natalie Goldberg
“You can feel it in the very sentences - Levine’s earnest drive to share what he’s learned, to bring us along into the open heart of revolution. This is a terrific new take on the old teachings - and I believe him. I want to join.”
Stephen Batchelor
“A passionate and timely appeal to overcome self-centredness through love and compassion, combined with eminently practical meditations to help you do so.”

Meet the Author

Noah Levine, M.A., has been using Buddhist practices to recover from addiction since 1988. He is the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

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