Dharma Punx

Narrated by: Noah Levine
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (209 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As with many self-destructive kids, Noah Levine's search for meaning led him first to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. But the search didn't end there. 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. Fueled by his anger at so much injustice and suffering, Levine now uses that energy and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion.

While Levine has come to embrace the same spiritual tradition as his father, best-selling author Stephen Levine, he finds his most authentic expression in connecting the seemingly opposed worlds of punk and Buddhism. As Noah Levine delved deeper into Buddhism, he chose not to reject the punk scene, instead integrating the two worlds as a catalyst for transformation. Ultimately this is an inspiring story about maturing and how a hostile and lost generation is finally finding its footing. This provocative report takes us deep inside the punk scene and moves from anger, rebellion, and self-destruction to health, service to others, and genuine spiritual growth.

©2003 Noah Levine (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This honest, page-turning confession is also a measure of the adaptability and usefulness of the Asian tradition of Buddhism for the young and the restless of contemporary America." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Life Changing

Read the book when it came out years ago. Changed my life. An inspiring listen.

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I'd rather walk on hot coals than listen to Noah L

I'd rather walk on hot coals than listen to Noah Levine's voice. Narrator he's Not.

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White Privilege: A novel of 12th chances

Started out relatable and pretty cool, but quickly turned into the tale of a white kid given far too many chances and no responsibility. Addiction to alcohol and drugs are defeated by addiction to 12 steps and white washed spirituality/westernized versions of Eastern religions. Abstinence from sex and masturbation, (constantly and strictly, unless you don't feel like it at the time) vague meditation, (constantly and strictly, unless you don't feel like it at the time) and backpacking through third world countries feeling completely hard done by yet still superior because you don't have financial burdens back home will cure what ails you.

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Not What I was Looking For

I was looking for a story more about the transformative power of meditation and Buddhism versus a long story of punk rock reminiscing. I think the author really gets lost in the glory days of his youth. I admit I lost steam listening and never got to the part of transformation I really wanted to learn about.. I just couldn't stay with it. Just my opinion.

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Great book!

I loved hearing Noah’s story and how far he has come! This is a great listen you won’t be disappointed!

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For Anyone Who’s Ever Felt Alienation

This book is a source of inclusion for people who’ve had to seek peace outside the mainstream. I’ve never been a punk rocker, but diversity and spirituality is celebrated here. Thanks for sharing your story Noah Levine.

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A Male Perspective

I often read inspiring autobiographies by women and felt that it might be really helpful to have the perspective of a male since started working with more adolescent males. This book really gave me some helpful perspective. I also really enjoyed the story and found it very inspiring. It is very helpful to know that there are resources out there for people in recovery. I actually gave a client some information on the recovery community since she is a bit more alternative. A very brave thing to share this personal story with the world. I'm grateful.

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great book

great book for anyone intrested in or familiar with recovery. absolutely a binger book feom page 1

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Great book for those searching...

Mr Levine’s Work here is open, honest and at times hard. I sincerely think this book can be of help to many. Check it out.
JT-Georgia

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Life changing! The piece of the puzzle I needed.

absolutely LOVE this book. I will definitely read it many times and suggest it to everyone I can!