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Is it well written? Overall, I do like the story of a former addict turning his life around and creating a space for other addicts that does not follow the traditional path of AA or NA.

How You Can Help. The short sentences and chapters and the simple language will keep the book accessible to a wide range of readers, but those readers deserve a story that’s put together with sophistication and vision.

The first section passed easily, in the way all descent -into-Hell stories are kind of nice – after all, it isn’t the reader who is falling. It is not true to say that there is no self at all or that levjne 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.


The point is its precisely the brand of self righteousness and god this, god that talk that turned me away from the punk scene and religion respectively. Divide and conquer, I have read many books that have pissed me off, what power the book dhafma have!

His parents had a history of addiction and, when he was very young, they divorced. Unfortunately, this book is horrible.

Anyway, because the writing wasn’t so great, and because there was a streak of immaturity in this that surfaced from time to time, I couldn’t help but think a lot about the power of nepotism at work here Noah’s father is famous Buddhist teacher Stephen Levine, and he cops to the benefit of being born into this particular family himself near the end of the book.


Overall, and interesting re-read, but it ended up coming down in my personal ratings. A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction That all said, Noah’s journey is an interesting one, especially if you share his affiliation with the punk rock scene I cannot call what we have today a ‘movement’.

And yet he seems to travel a lot, with many international flights, which have a devastating environmental impact, but he never mentions this.

Dharma Punx: A Memoir by Noah Levine

Over the years we have continued to grow and as of now, we have over 20 weekly classes and sitting groups and over people a month come through the doors of our two centers in Southern California. If you are looking for a quick fix or easy salvation, turn back now, plug back into the matrix, and enjoy your delusional existence. I consider myself to be as punk as he is, hahahaha what a joke term.

It is the intention to stop hurting ourselves and others. Ultimately, this is an inspiring story about maturing, and how a hostile and lost generation is finally finding its footing.

But I doubt that there are many books like this, describing the intersection between the rebellious ethos of punk rock and the transformational spiritual practice of Buddhism. I couldn’t, for example, rectify the assertion that “alcoholism is a disease” with the facts of my own life. He points out various flaws in himself that being sober and dedicated to a spiritual life have not necessarily stamped out: Levine, son of Buddhist teacher and author Stephen Levine, updates his father’s path to enlightenment in this engaging memoir.

He discovered punk rock through the boyfriend of his older sister and the first time he heard the Sex Pistols “was like hearing the voice of God” because it expressed all the dissatisfaction he felt. He has helped found several groups and projects including the Mind Body Awareness Project], a non-profit organization that serves incarcerated youths.


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. How ironic that this author goes to such lengths to show how amazing of a guy he is. This book would have been great had it simply been a memoir about the Santa Cruz punk scene in the 80’s. Levine makes an interesting point when he talks about the trajectory of his pre-Buddhist life, that when his days were spent getting high, or stealing, beating someone up, getting beat up, or getting arrested looking for the next fix, he wasn’t connected anymore to his punk rock lifestyle.

Dharma Punx: A Memoir

Levine could have regressed to his old ways from that, and though it took him a long time to deal with it, he moved on to other teachers and to his own investigations. I liked it as a person, interested in Buddhism, who picked it up because it IS so different from other books in the leevine you might find it shelved under. True happiness exists as the spacious and compassionate heart’s willingness to feel whatever is present. Aug 16, Romuald Bokej rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again.

And since life is full of surprises, you never know where will this search lead you to This is a raw, honest, bare-to-the-bones memoir of a punk gone monk, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dec 24, Socket Klatzker rated it did not like it Shelves: I was on page

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