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Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries

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Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his day--in his words, "against the stream." His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too. Presenting the basics of Buddhism with personal anecdotes, exercises, and...

Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his day--in his words, "against the stream." His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too.
Presenting the basics of Buddhism with personal anecdotes, exercises, and guided meditations, bestselling author Noah Levine guides the reader along a spiritual path that has led to freedom from suffering and has saved lives for 2,500 years. Levine should know. Buddhist meditation saved him from a life of addiction and crime. He went on to counsel and teach countless others the Buddhist way to freedom, and here he shares those life-changing lessons with you. Read and awaken to a new and better life.
Levines first book, "Dharma Punx", was the autobiography of a young hell-raiser. Having escaped juvenile hall and drug addiction through the slow discipline of Buddhist practices, the son of Buddhist author Stephen Levine is now a spiritual teacher. In this book he presents what he has learned about and through Buddhism. The compelling personal narrative may be gone, but the disarming, frank tone that made the first book persuasive remains. He writes about the challenge of celibacy, for example, a different kind of difficulty than that posed by intimate relationships. Levine has taken the Buddhas teachings to hearthe would call it heart-mindand clearly returns to such central ideas as impermanence and suffering, giving his thinking simplicity and consistency. Considering theres a lot of Buddhism here, the book is free of a lot of Buddhist-speak. An appendix includes to-the-point instructions for a variety of meditations that relate to essential Buddhist qualities and ideas. Levines no-frills approach makes this a short book that will be accessible for young adults with little or no experience of Buddhism. Whether the book is about a revolutionary way of life is arguable, but it is an honest bookwhat Buddhists would call right speechdriven by right intention. "(July)" Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal (10/01/2007):
Adult/High SchoolLevine's "Dharma Punx" (HarperCollins, 2004) tells the compelling story of the author's self-destructive early years, showing him mired in the culture of drugs and violence, and how the principles of Buddhism turned his life around. The author's second book works as a manual that is free of jargon and introduces readers to the most basic concepts of Buddhism: escape suffering, live simply, and treat yourself and others with respect and love. Levine uses these tenets to tackle issues like drug abuse, sexuality, the difficulties of abstinence, and being an active member of a community. Back matter has point-by-point instruction on Buddhist meditation. In contrast with similar titles, like Brad Warner's "Hardcore Zen" (Wisdom, 2005), this book offers little in the way of cultural references, humor, or other hooks to reel in readers who normally ignore philosophy books. Nevertheless, it is an excellent, concise resource for those who have found other works too daunting."Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA" Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review Quotes:
Free of Buddhist-speak, with to-the-point instructions, Levine's no-frills approach makes this book accessible for young adults.--Publishers Weekly

Review Quotes:
"An honest, fearless sequel... this is one to thumb through again and again."--Mandala magazine

Review Quotes:
An honest, fearless sequel... this is one to thumb through again and again. --Mandala magazine

Review Citations:
Publishers Weekly 04/23/2007 pg. 47 (EAN 9780060736644, Paperback)
School Library Journal 10/01/2007 pg. 188 (EAN 9780060736644, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Levine, Noah

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