10+ quotes from Dharma Punx: A Memoir by Noah Levine

Quotes from Dharma Punx: A Memoir

Noah Levine ·  272 pages

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“It's easy to hate and point out everything that is wrong with the world; it is the hardest and most important work in one's life to free oneself from the bonds of fear and attachment.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“The truth is, going against the internal stream of ignorance is way more rebellious than trying to start some sort of cultural revolution.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“The inner revolution will not be televised or sold on the Internet. It must take place within one's own mind and heart.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“...I didn't feel like there was anything incompatible with my love of gangster rap and my spiritual aspirations.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“The body breathes by itself. The mind thinks by itself. Awareness simply observes the process without getting lost in the content.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“The practice of celibacy alone was opening me up to a deeper sense of the way the mind-body connection works. I saw over and over that my mind and body could be filled with desire and that no matter how intense the craving was it would always pass. I didn't have to satisfy every desire that arose in my mind. I began to understand impermanence through direct experience rather than just intellectual theory.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“The more I practiced kindness and humility, the more the world seemed to appear friendly and manageable.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“The more my mind began to quiet, the more I found myself wanting to be surrounded by natural beauty.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“We agreed that at least to some extent the whole punk movement is based on the Buddha's 1st noble truth of suffering & the dissatisfactory nature of the material world. The punks see through the lies of society & the oppressive dictates of modern consumer culture. Very few punks though seem to take it further & attempt to understand the causes & conditions of the suffering & falsehoods, unfortunately punks rarely come around to seeing that there is actually a solution & a path to personal freedom. My own life's experience w/ both Dharma practice & punk rock inspired me to try to bridge the gap between the two. I've tried to help point out the similarities, while also acknowledging the differences, & to show those of my generation who are interested that they can practice meditation & find there the freedom we have been seeking in our rebellion against the system.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


“Actually a solution & a path to personal freedom. My own life's experience w/ both Dharma practice & punk rock inspired me to try to bridge the gap between the two. I've tried to help point out the similarities, while also acknowledging the differences, & to show those of my generation who are interested that they can practice meditation & find there the freedom we have been seeking in our rebellion against the system.”
― Noah Levine, quote from Dharma Punx: A Memoir


About the author

Noah Levine
Born place: in Santa Cruz, CA, The United States
Born date February 1, 1971
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