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Dharma Punx by Noah Levine
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Aug 28, 2011

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Geesh, I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long. A friend lent it to me and I proceeded to devour it. It helped that Noah Levine writes in an easy prose.

A memoir re: Punk rocker-turned-Buddhist teacher. Noah Levine’s life began with suicidal thoughts at the age of 5 and pot-smoking at the age of 8. ! He declines into punk rock life after mega-high depravity. He lives an entire life before the age of 17.

At 17, his famous Buddhist father (Stephen Levine) teaches him to meditate. Yes, there is some tension there because of who his dad is. But Levine does not blame anyone for his choices.

Rehab, detox, and numerous meditation retreats later lead him to find inner peace through studying Buddhist teachings.

Noah teaches other punks the virtues of meditation. He also goes into prisons, juvie group homes, and HIV centers to do the same. He runs the “Against the Stream” Meditation Centers in L.A. and Santa Monica. He’s also a psycho-therapist.

Seems like a cool guy who’s found an excellent niche. Followed in his dad’s footsteps after all. He continues to enjoy the punk scene, but in a significantly less self-destructive way.

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