Dharma Punx

Dharma Punx

A Memoir

Book - 2003
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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.

Publisher: San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060008956
9780060008949
0060008946
Characteristics: xiv, 253 p. ; 22 cm

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vjvalrey
Oct 08, 2015

I really like this book its helped me not only fall asleep peacfully in jail its inspired nme to do great things.

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akspdx
Dec 21, 2014

This is a book about addiction and recovery more than it is about Punkrock-meets-Buddhism. I respect Levine's effort, and there are brief moments where his story is engaging. However ...
For the most part it is plodding and tedious while his writing is often chringfully painful. In a word, he writes in the conversational style of a 17 year old.
If you're like me you'll want to like this book, but simply won't be able to because it's just that bad.

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