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About Us – Against the Stream

Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases! A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries. It must take place within one’s own mind and heart. Fear does not serve you.

Your heart has betrayed you. Only the music can guide you. We are continually losing all that we come in contact with. Our tendency to get attached to impermanent experiences causes sorrow, lamentation and grief, because eventually we are separated from everything and everyone we love. Dharam lack of acceptance and understanding of this fact makes life unsatisfactory. This is true in both Eastern and Western religious traditions. The Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad were all revolutionaries who critiqued and attempted to dismantle the eharma societal traditions of lvine time.

Yet their teachings, like most things in human society, have been distorted and co-opted by the confused and power-hungry patriarchal tradition. What were wonce the creation myths of ancient cultures, have become dhatma of oppression. More blood has been spilled and more people oppressed in the name of religion than for any other reason in history.

I didn’t feel like there was anything incompatible with my sharma of gangster rap and my spiritual aspirations. Every physical and mental experience arises and passes.

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Everything in existence is endlessly arising out of causes and conditions. We all create suffering for ourselves through our resistance, through our desire to have things different than the way they are – that is, our dhwrma or aversion.

While AA certainly works for others, its core propositions felt irreconcilable with my own experiences. I dgarma, for example, rectify the assertion that “alcoholism is a disease” with the facts of my own life. The idea that by simply attending an AA meeting, without any consultation, one is expected to take on a blanket diagnosis of “diseased addict” was to me, at best, patronizing.

Irresponsible because it doesn’t encourage people to turn toward and heal the actual underlying causes of their abuse of substances. Among them were unprocessed grief, parental abandonment, isolation, violent trauma, anxiety and panic, social oppression, a general lack of safety, deep existential discord, and a tremendous diet and lifestyle imbalance.


None of which constitute a disease, and all of which manifest as profound internal, mental, emotional and physical discomfort, which I kevine to escape by taking external substances.

It is only through one’s own efforts to puxn toward life on its own terms and to develop a wiser relationship to what’s there through mindfulness and compassion that make duarma from addictive patterns possible.

My sobriety has been sustained by facing life, processing grief, healing family relationships, accepting radically the fact of social oppression, working with my abandonment conditioning, coming into community, renegotiating trauma, sharma drastic diet and lifestyle changes, forgiving, and practicing mindfulness, to name just a few.

Through these things, I began to relieve the very real pressure that compulsive behaviors are an attempt to resolve. A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction.

True happiness exists as the spacious and compassionate heart’s kevine to feel whatever is present. Pleasure never lasts long enough; we can never sustain enough pleasure to satisfy the cravings.

Suffering is the inevitable outcome of clinging to experiences that are unsustainable. Each moment of attachment or clinging creates some level of suffering in our lives as we grieve the loss of pleasure. What we often forget is that we have the power and ability simply to let go, and each moment of letting go is an act of mercy.

It actually alleviates the amount of suffering in the world.

As each one of us frees ourselves from clinging to resentments that cause suffering, we relieve our friends, family, and community of the burden of our unhappiness. This is not a philosophical proposal; it is a verifiable and practical truth. Through our suffering and lack of forgiveness, we tend to do all kinds of unskillful things that hurt others. We close ourselves off from love, for example, out of fear of further pains or betrayals. This alone—a lack of openness to the love shown to us—is a way that we cause harm to our loved ones.

The closed heart lets no one in or out.

To recover, we must completely and totally understand and accept the truth that addiction creates suffering. The freedom of forgiveness often includes a firm boundary and loving distance from those who have harmed us. As my father likes to say, “We can let them back into our hearts without ever letting them back into our house. It’s facing the fact that certain things cause us pain, and they cause other people pain. Renunciation is a commitment to let go of things that create suffering.

It is the intention to stop hurting ourselves and others. Without mindfulness we are stuck in the reactive pattern and identification that will inevitably create more suffering and confusion. Our happiness or suffering is dependent on how we relate to the present moment.

If we cling now, we suffer later.

Noah Levine Quotes (Author of Dharma Punx)

If we let go and respond with compassion or friendliness, we create happiness and well-being for the future. This is the teaching of karma: We already know this to be true, but somehow we tend to go through life thinking that there is pubx wrong with us when we experience sadness, grief, and physical and emotional pain.


The first truth points out that this is just the way it is. There is nothing wrong with you: Darma environment creates each rainbow like the mind creates a self.

Both creations are relatively real, in that we can genuinely experience them temporarily; but just as the factors that created the illusion whether rainbow or dhagma arose, so will they also pass. There is no permanent lsvine there is no permanent rainbow. It is not true to say that there is no self at all or that everything is empty or illusory, but it is true that everything is constantly changing and that there is no solid, permanent, unchanging self within the process that is life.

Everything and noqh is an unfolding process. The mind thinks by itself. Awareness simply observes the process without getting lost in the content.

If you are looking for a quick fix or easy salvation, turn back now, plug back into the matrix, and enjoy your delusional existence. This is a path for rebels, malcontents, and truth seekers. The wisdom and compassion of the Buddha is available to us all, but the journey to freedom is arduous. It will take a steadfast commitment to truth and, at times, counterinstinctual action. I saw over and over that my mind and body could be filled with desire and that no matter how intense the craving was it would always pass.

I didn’t have to satisfy dhagma desire that arose in my mind. I began dhar,a understand impermanence through direct experience rather than just ounx theory. We must replace the reactive survival sharma of clinging, grasping, and attachment with the wise response of nonclinging, nonattachment, and compassion. In a world where everything is constantly being pulled beyond our grasp, clinging and grasping always result in the rope burns and unnecessary suffering that accompanies it.

Happiness is closer to the experience of acceptance and contentment than it is to pleasure. All Quotes Add A Quote.

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