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This perhaps underscores the way in which punk rock can connect with Buddhism: While I commend his personal triumphs, the writing and format of Dharma Punx just doesn’t appeal to me as much as I would have hoped.
Finally read this one after maybe 15 years of meaning to get around to it. He points out various flaws in himself that being sober and dedicated to a spiritual life have not necessarily stamped out: I felt like I could relate to Noah’s inner revolution. This is the teaching of karma: If you’re looking to learn about Buddhism or punk rock, this is not the place to start.
Both creations are relatively real, in that we can genuinely experience them temporarily; but just as the factors that created the illusion whether rainbow or self arose, so will they also pass. Secondly, some of the most complex and troubling aspects of the story are just not talked about, like Noah’s spiritualist parents’ failures to provide safe and stable homes for their children.
We strive to create a safe environment for all who come to practice. To ask other readers questions about Dharma Punxplease sign up. His parents had a history of addiction and, when he was very young, they divorced. Everything in existence is endlessly arising out of causes and conditions.
One notable aspect of Buddhist Dharma is the path of our choices, the actions past and present and the intention for future action Phnx Law of Karma. It is not a book about Buddhism or about punk rock. As for the typos that many reviewers mention, I have to wonder if the book was re-edited for the Kindle, because I wasn’t distracted by typos, and normally they get on my nerves.
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The narrator’s total lack of discussion about his parent’s shortcomings seems blind and untrustworthy. So this book came to me at the right time when I decided to get levinne and attend NA meetings and work the steps. Aug 17, Gabrielle rated it liked it Shelves: Dharma Punx is still out there.
It must take place within one’s own mind and heart. No trivia or quizzes yet. Let me start with this: At first I was amused and irritated with the author, I was pretty sure that I had the book “figured out from the beginning”.
I also found it a bit odd that he mentions trying to be as sensitive to the ecological ramifications of his actions as possible, sticking to a strict vegan diet out of compassion, for example. View Full Version of PW.
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.
Also, he goes into his travels to Asia, where he encounters monks and teachers of both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, which can also be sort of confusing.
But this book did neither justice. Retrieved November 2, As a formerly drug-addicted, aging punk rock type with a budding interest in Buddhist practice, I thought this book would appeal to me on a deep level. There is room for everyone in our Sangha. Dharm 05, Terry rated it did not like it Shelves: Levine remarks that when he first met monks in Asia, he felt they were the most “punk” people he had met; they had truly resisted and transcended the system, to dhsrma a totally radical way of life.
A seventh grader once told me this was “the best book I’ve ever read,” and I’m one of those sucker teachers who just can’t resist that gambit.
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. I knew and you probably know, but it never hurts to be reminded. I can see how if he’d just written a handful of experiences differently, just tell the truth but bury the lead for a moment, it’d have been emotionally engaging on some level, but he just tells you this happened, then this, and oh yeah, I hung out with this band, no big deal.
But before he goes into his recovery, he tells us how he got there. I have read several of these reviews. They walk away from the upside-down burning car, ppunx their beers. Dharmq more about it at www. I think the main issue with this book is that in a bookstore you can find it under the spirituality and religion section, when in reality it’s an autobiography. The first part of the book is largely a recap of Noah’s life as an active addict and alcoholic in the punk scene of the 80’s in California.
Levine escapes by kicking out a window, but makes sure to grab the beer and stolen jewelry before getting out. There is almost no wisdom, almost nothing to actually be gained from this book. Finally, this book is very poorly written.