Dharma Punx: Buddhism Meets Punk Rock

Dharma Punx in New York City finds connection between Buddhism and punk rock ideology. In this CBS News interview Dr. Jon LaPook talks with teacher Josh Korda about how the punk movement finds a home in the ancient spiritual tradition.

A few excerpts from the interview:

“Both punks and Buddhism have an enormous questioning of everything and an encouragement for us to find the answers through our own lives, our own practice, our own awareneww…

“The punks really said, no, it’s really about what’s going on inside of your, what’s your real purpose, not trusting anything, finding out for yourself.  The Buddha taught the exact same thing….

“Part of the meditation practice is to bring awareness to the habitual ways we get ourselves worked up, to give us choices to what we think about.
Meditation is a great help in not only ending the behaviors that cause us stress, but also addictive behaviors. Anyone who’s had a tendency to misuse alcohol and drugs “

Dharma Punx was a group started by Noah Levine, who wrote a book with the same title chronicling his troubled past and his transformation.

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 and so much injustice and suffering, Levine now uses that energy and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion.

Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions. (from DharmaPunx.com)

You can find Noah Levine’s book at Amazon.


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jordan says:

noah levine is an interesting guy and has a great inspiring story.

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