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

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  473 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Noah Levine has become the voice of the next generation of American Buddhism. In The Heart of the Revolution, he invites us on a journey to discover the loving heart. Despite being an acclaimed Buddhist teacher, Levine doubted whether he could ever release the anger deep within. After many years he finally realized the truth of this essential Buddhist belief—compassion is ...more
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Published April 5th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 1st 2011)
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Apr 09, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
So yesterday I wrote a really half assed review of this book because I still haven't written a review for hatter m, and I didn't want to get behind and I was super excited about starting never the face and I need to finish kraken ect ect ect. But this book deserves better than that as far as I'm concerned.

Reading this was really about getting back to my roots. Noah Levine's Dharma Punx: A Memoir was the buddhism book I ever read, and when I decided I wanted to really check out this buddhism thi
Aug 17, 2011 Electric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a very down to earth approach to the "heart" aspect of buddhism that was a little neglected in his last book "against the stream". It feels good that I am not alone in struggle with meditations on compassion, forgiveness and love because it always seems to be so "hippie". Noah has been there but due to his positive experiences with insight meditation (the "wisdom" aspect of buddhism) gave it a very serious try. He shares his insights and a lot of very detailedinformation on meditation with us in ...more
Nov 04, 2015 jess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by the TRL Reader's Advisory Peeps.
Jan 22, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself nodding in agreement a lot at Levine's interpretations. My eyes actually watered when he mentioned having a childhood picture of himself at his altar, to represent forgiveness. While reading, I took notes and began to see my spiritual beliefs at a much deeper level. I never wanted to be an atheist, but didn't wish to be attached to any particular religion. I appreciate religion itself more on the cultural level. Compassionate beliefs (in worship of a god or not) handed down throug ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Vishnu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
Levine is known for presenting the teachings in a different and accessible way. I think he succeeds in this, for the most part. However, some of his departures resonated less with me. I wasn't exactly sure how he connected "mercy" and "forgiveness" to the Metta Sutta, though I he may be right that they are both important in terms of developing a strong, compassionate heart. Similarly, for my taste, he seems a bit too quite to "rewrite" key teachings to better suit his own interpretations. I agre ...more
Viv JM
Jul 15, 2011 Viv JM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Levine's style is down to earth, concise and heartfelt. An excellent book with practical advice on meditations of forgiveness, compassion, equanimity. Includes a line by line explanation of the metta bhavana, which I found very insightful and relevant. One of the best Buddhist books I have read.
Mar 18, 2015 Jess added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 23%

So, this wasn't for me. I picked this up for one reason and one reason alone: I need to learn to manage the bullshit the public throws at me on any given day. Basically, I'm tired of taking other people's problems home with me at night. So I thought, "hey a book about meditation and compassion, that's exactly what I need!" Unfortunately, it is primarily an intro to Buddhism and no matter how well-written or accessible it makes Buddhism, I'm not looking to become a Buddhist. I also could
Jul 31, 2011 heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am a huge fan of Noah Levine. His interpretation and presentation of the Dharma has struck the chord of truth for me from the moment I became aware of his teachings. There are a few areas in which what I currently find to be true based upon my own direct experience differs some from what he finds to be true based upon his own direct experience; but even on those topics I find his perspectives to be enlightening, no pun intended, as they always drive me to investigate further and put my beliefs ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finished this on a train ride--always good to check in and remind myself of the principles I try to practice. I especially liked noah's layman explanations of Buddhist thought and practices, which makes sense because I really enjoy the dharmapunx podcasts.
May 10, 2014 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually looking for more of Noah's personal story, but I think that was the book that was already checked out from the library. I did enjoy this one very much and found that it had gentle lessons and offered some practical techniques; however, although the instructions for meditating made me want to try it, the lengthy instructions were daunting to me. How will I ever remember the order in which to think about things and the sentences to keep in mind? Wish there had been a suggestion, or ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good intro to Buddhism, introducing a few elements from Buddhist psychology I was unfamiliar with.
Aug 20, 2015 Lyndz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so good
Emily Johnson
Jun 27, 2015 Emily Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Snope
Sep 25, 2012 Matthew Snope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love(d) this book. The only few parts I skipped over were an overly-analyzed passage about the Metta Sutta, and a final note reducing human beings down, over-simplistically, to 3 types.
Levine's writing I found refreshingly clear, after struggling with some of HHDL's writings.
This makes a great companion book with Jack Kornfield's Meditation for Beginners.
Have recommended Levine's book to many and want my children to read it someday.
Mar 03, 2015 Bookwormsince81 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accessible and well organized content on how to apply Buddhist concepts to every day life :)
May 27, 2011 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good, practical view of American Buddhism. Levine does a great job of using his own troubled past to illustrate the usefulness of Buddhism in present times. In line with the Buddha's teachings, he also interprets many of the more religious tenets of Buddhism (e.g. karma) in a way that feels more true to current times.
Nov 22, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Highly accessible book on forgiveness and lovingkindness. A little bit navel-gazey, and Levine makes numerous sweeping generalizations that seem out of place and are not substantiated. Nevertheless, an enjoyable quick read that clearly and insightfully (ha) explains these practices.
Laurent Guillemard
More focused than "Against the Stream", "The Heart of the Revolution" builds on its bases with a more traditional meditation-centered approach but always with an irreverent "don't believe the hype" punk side. I love Noah's no-nonsense secularist approach of Buddhism.
Brian  Baker
Jan 19, 2013 Brian Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
I've read a lot of books about Buddhism from different authors. Noah Levine makes it readable. He writes in such a way that a new generation of Buddhists can discover themselves in the Dharma. This is a wonderful book and I'm looking forward to more writings from Noah.
Oct 29, 2012 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most concise, easy to read "how to" book on meditation I've ever read. Something for beginners and experienced meditators alike. I sometimes forget Buddha was a revolutionary. Very well done.
Nov 15, 2011 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noah Levine has a particular style of teaching to which I react positively. This, his third book, did not disappoint, and to me revealed much of his own growth and understanding of Buddhist teachings.
Gareth Young
Good but not great. He has a great voice and this is very accessible, but I found him rushing too much in places, such as the very compressed exercises and the very short chapter at the end on tonglen.
Joe Tedesco
Jan 13, 2013 Joe Tedesco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Great read. Lots of practical wisdom such as mantras to say both in meditation and in the hours of the rest of your day! This teacher brings a great perspective to walking the spiritual path.
Sep 16, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every human being
Recommended to Alex by: discovered treasure
Was very happy. Thoughts and wisdom flow from his heart/mind, which confronted my heart/mind to deal with some major obstacles on my journey. All our love Noah Levine.Blessings Alex Hopper
Rizzo Smith
Oct 16, 2011 Rizzo Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been a Dharma Punker for quite some time now, finally got around to reading one of Levine's books. A great reference book for those interested in Dharma, and keeping it simple.
Noah Levine works his magic with ease. I easily grasp the concepts and the meditations at the end were a major plus. LOVE his work <3
I loved this book! I read it a while ago though so I'll have to give a re-read for a better review.
Aug 27, 2013 Eddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great primer for punk, westerners and former punks on the teachings of the Buddha.
Dec 14, 2012 Shiri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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American Buddhist teacher, author and counselor known for his philosophical alignment with Buddhism and punk ideology. Identifies his Buddhist beliefs and practices with both Theravadan and Mahayanan traditions. Holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has helped found several groups and projects including the Mind Body Awareness Project], a non-profit organization that serves ...more
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“We become attached to each pleasant thought, feeling, taste, smell, and sound. But because everything is impermanent, we’re craving and clinging to fleeting experiences. 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. The subversive act of nonclinging is an internal coup d’état.” 5 likes
“Forgiveness is not just a selfish pursuit of personal satisfaction or righteousness. 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.” 4 likes
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