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Rebel Spirits
Punk Buddhism, Bioneeers, Animal Rights, Queer Rights(Excerpt from an interview with Noah Levine) “Over the years I’ve come to see the intention or foundation of both punk rock and Buddhism as so similar, as being this energy of dissatisfaction. The Buddha was dissatisfied with the ordinary suffering of life and wanted to find freedom from that suffering. I think that the punk movement is founded on that same dissatisfaction—that all of this oppression and inequality and political corruption sucks!

So the first part of my life was focused on rebelling outwardly. As I’ve gotten involved in spiritual principles it feels very much like this inner rebellion—that outward dissatisfaction is a core dissatisfaction that’s in me—is turning that energy inward, to purifying the greed and hatred and delusion within myself, and doing what I can to alleviate it in the world and help others…”.

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Be Deep, Punk Prophet
Buddhism marries Punk in Noah Levine’s Dharma PunxPublication: Good Times, Santa Cruz County’s News & Entertainment Weekly
Author: Charles O’Neill Date: June 4, 2003

Being Buddhist is about as punk as you can get. That’s according to locally spawned author and meditation teacher, Noah Levine. “Punk points to the Buddha’s first nbole truth,” Levine says, “that there is suffering in this life.”

In his debut book, “Dharma Punx,” Levine traces a parallel between the punk rock ethic of “no future” and the Buddhist doctrines of impermanence and universal suffering.

“Buddhism teaches present time awareness,” he says. “It’ not about living for some future date. It’s not about living for some future date. It’s about moment-to-moment awareness in this present time. That’s punk. The Buddha said his path leads aginst the stream. That’s punk.”

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Interest in Inner Peace Trickles Down to Stressed Out TeensPublication: Contra Cost Times
Author: Randy Myers Date: Sept. 13, 2003

…Meditation holds a special significance for some.

Noah Levine said it saved his life. He detailed his spiritual journey from hell and back in the memoir “Dharma Punx.”

The 32-year-old San Francisco resident hit a dead end in his teens. Bored, angry and strung out on cocaine, heroin, alcohol and pills, he kept landing in a juvenile hall.

“I committed so many felonies that it was, kind of get clean or be in prison for the rest of my life,” he said. “Or die. I was getting locked up every other week.”

Levine started to meditate while in the throes of detox in juvenile hall. He cursed the notion originally, regarding it as nonsense.

Finally, he took a deep breath, then exhaled. That’s all it took. He knew instantly that something profound was happening…

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Big Men, Big TimePublication: LA Yoga Date: Sept./Oct. 2004

The Mind Body Awareness Project, another prison yoga program, was founded by “Dharma Punx” author Noah Levine, who began meditating while incarcerated at age 17. Nine years later, he began teaching meditation at his former juvenile hall.

Teachers who have had experience with adult and minor students note, in fact, that adults are more open to yoga and meditation. Even Levine, who started meditating as a youth, says, “My experience is that it’s rare for a young person to really understand the necessity of doing this work. They still feel invincible. Adults have greater potential to realize that they need to learn a new way.”

Punks: Their Truth is SufferingPublication: Shambhala Sun Date: Nov. 04

“The loud, aggressive music of the punks points out the truth of corruption, oppression and ignorance in society,” says Noah Levine. “Punk rock in its purest form is the Buddha’s first noble truth.”

Noah Levine is the author of Dharma Punx. He teaches meditation retreats nationally, and leads mindfulness and recovery classes in juvenile halls and prisons.

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Talkin’ ‘Bout Our G-G-GenerationsPublication: Inquiring Mind, A Semiannual Journal of the Vipassana Community
Author: Wes Nisker Date: Fall 2003

In “Talkin’bout our G-G-Generations,” Wes Nisker and Noah Levine compare the dharma of the Beat and hippie generations with that of modern-day punks, recently described by Levine in his spiritual memoir, Dharma Punx.

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Interview: Noah Levine: SpiritualityPublication: The Symposium Author: From the Inward Bound Conference in Raleigh, NC
Date: December 2002

Noah Levine is a most unlikely-looking meditation teacher. True, his bald head and peaceful face fit right in with the stereo-types of Buddhist meditation instructors…but then you see his heavily tattooed arms coming out of a faded Ramones t-shirt, and you realize he is not your ordinary dharma bum. He is, in fact, the antithesis of the 60’s hippy spirituality. He is a “dharma punk” — one of the few brave souls who survived the drugs and violence of the punk rock scene and went on to channel his rebellion into a spiritual context.”

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Dharma Punx – Noah Levine
Spiritual Rebellion Takes a New FacePublication: Chord Magazine
Author: Gus Pena Date: Sept./Oct. 2003


“… Spiritual practice is the punkest thing you can ever do. That is what the book (Dharma Punx) is about. This is the ultimate form of the anti-establishment rebellion. It is easy to be angry and to be disenfrancised and to point out all the problems. It is the hardest and most important thing to do to come around to some personal, cultural, and societal solutions to some of these problems. Yeah, there’s a lot of problems, what are we gonna do about it? Other than to stay loaded and stay angry. How can we use that anger and dissatisfaction in a positive way. There is an option here whether you are into it or not.”

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C R I T I C ‘ S C H O I C E
Noah LevinePublication: Chicago Reader
Author: Jerome Ludwig Date: July 2, 2004

…Can punk rock and Buddhism coexist? Can you slam dance with compassion? Noah Levine’s Dharma Punx (HarperSanFrancisco) answers the question on the title page, but the journey he relates here is as important as the conclusion. Like many in the vast sea of memoirs, Dharma Punx sets sail in the well-charted waters of addiction and recovery. As a teenager Levine, son of the Buddhist teacher and author Stephen Levine, finds outlet for his rage and depression in punk rock, drugs and alcohol, and crime. But when he wakes up in a padded cell after a suicide attempt, he reconsiders “all the spiritual shit” he’d rejected growing up and turns his rebellion inward. Reminiscent of Jim Carroll’s The Basketball Diaries (a lot of friends die), Levine’s book eschews sensationalism and self-pity to candidly document his struggles and his ensuing spiritual quest.

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A Gradual Awakening: Noah Levine Chronicles His Journey from Rebellious Punk Rocker to Buddhist Meditation Teacher

Publication: Marin Independent Journal Author: Paul Liberatore
Date: July 8, 2003

WITH HIS SHAVED head and tattoos, Noah Levine is right at home on the Warped Tour with hard core punk bands like Rancid, Poison the Well and Suicide Machines.

But Levine is a punk rocker with a passion for more than angry, defiant music. A self-described “spiritual revolutionary,” he has “wisdom” and “compassion” tattooed on his hands and images of Buddha and Krishna on his arms…

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