Dharma Punx: A Memoir

Dharma Punx: A Memoir

by Noah Levine
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Dharma Punx: A Memoir by Noah Levine

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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ISBN-13: 9780060008956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/04/2004
Edition description: First HarperCollins Paperback Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 102,572
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About 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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Dharma Punx: A Memoir 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am skeptical when it comes to religous books, and religion for that matter. However Mr. Levine shows the reader his transition from where many of the youth lie today to the ideal person he is trying to be in society. I love how he goes back and forth from his bad punk rock ways to the path of buddhism. His emotional tug of war is an intresting perspective to consider. It shows the reader that he is just as human and skeptical as we all are. And that there is hope for those who are all 'dead'. I would definatly recomend it to anyone who is skeptical about religion or likes punk rock
Guest More than 1 year ago
If awakening is a path, Noah is hacking his way through a dense jungle. He crosses the path a few times, but never actually follows it. His machete of an ego and sense of self is sharp and hard, it cuts deep into all that get into his path. It may not be wise to follow the trail he blazes, as it seems to go in circles. This book is a struggle to read and almost impossible to motivate yourself to finish. I wouldn't say it's a waste of time. Even though, Noah never seems to learn anything himself during his adventures. You can learn a great deal, from his vast collections of wrong turns, which make up this book from beginning to end. The author may miss the point over and over, the reader doesn't have to. Do I recommend reading this? Not really. If you do read it, just realize it is a 'memoir'. It says so right on the cover. Don't expect from the use of 'Dharma' in the title that it will impart any knowledge of reaching awakening. Be somewhat like expecting 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' to instruct you in fixing a motorcycle (that however is a book I do recommend).
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.. my name is dharma
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Egghead-8 More than 1 year ago
I also grew up in the 80's punk rock scene and can relate to many of the situations the author went through. It can take a lifetime to really know who you are and I am very happt that Noah has found himself. I really enjoyed reading this book and also The Heart Of The Revolution, which inspired to buy this book. I have not read Against the Stream yet but have it on my shelf.
Karmicrelief More than 1 year ago
This book in so many ways mirrored my young life. Now, as an adult and beginning my spiritual walk, this book spoke loudly to me about compassion, forgiveness, mistakes and simply trying. I would highly recommend this book to anyone taking those first, tentative steps into spiritual awakening. Thank you, Noah.
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I read this quickly, it could have done with a bit of editing but overall i really enjoyed it. Its nice to see a tattooed punker in a role of spiritual leadership
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book to read... It was recommended to me by my brother who works at a bookstore. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a spiritual path. Or anyone who is just having a hard time with drugs and alcohol. Any young kid or adult could relate to this book, espescially if you are in the punk rock scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I experienced many of the emotions that Noah described involving Punk Rock. And though I did not travel the same path involving drugs and alcohol, I gained insight through his twelve step journey. I recommend this to anyone starting a spiritual journey, anyone looking for a way to help themselves out of the dark pit of drugs and alcohol, and anyone who enjoys learning of and from someone else's life story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great story of remarkable change. I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with where they want to go in life or for anyone who is in a rough spot that they want to get out of.