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Meditate & Destroy (2007)

Noah Levine , Sarah Fisher  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Noah Levine
  • Directors: Sarah Fisher
  • Producers: Sarah Fisher, Arusha Baker, Elizabeth Morse
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alive Mind
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CLKOY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meditate & Destroy" on IMDb

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Meditate And Destroy is a documentary about punk rock, spirituality, and inner rebellion through the eyes of eyes of bestselling author Noah Levine (Dharma Punx, Against the Stream). This powerful film examines the driving forces that transformed Levine from a violent, addicted rebel to a dedicated teacher and community leader. Tattoos, motorcycles, and an engaging punk rock soundtrack are featured in this inspirational story of finding new paths - even in our darkest hours. Featuring interviews with bestselling authors Jack Kornfield and Stephen and Ondrea Levine.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't go deep enough January 26, 2010
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It is exciting to see a Buddhist documentary like "Meditate and Destroy" come along. Buddhism films are few and far between.
Noah Levine's book, "Dharma Punx" is a fine book. I wanted to know how Dharma Punx is introducing people to Buddhism. How is the movement spreading across the U.S.? What is it's impact? This documentary just scratches the surface.
The film is 70% autobiography of Levine. Only about 30% shows how he is helping people discover Buddhism, and creating a modern image of the dharma.
The film spends too much time on his past drug abuse, street running and lawlessness. It comes to a peak with a video-game style scene of him "hitting bottom" in a jail cell. It was over-the-top and by far the low-point of the movie.
On the positive side, seeeing people he has touched in his community was very cool. His message resonates with the 12-step (Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous) folks, and we clearly see that here. I liked watching him teach on a meditation pillow without much Buddhist "trappings".
I also liked when he interviewed tattoo-clad young people about how they came to follow Buddhism. Good stuff.
I want to see more about these 30-something authors and teachers (my age group) who are stripping away the safron-robe image to make Buddhism more relatable in the West.
Maybe in the next movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOPE for those who've embarked upon a difficult path December 2, 2012
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I love this movie. There's no sugar coating in this documentary. It's the tale of a young man with a conflicted mind that led him down a self-destructive path. Luckily, his family had a background in Buddhism that he called upon in his darkest hour. His journey is so uplifting. Believe me, what he did is not a miracle - it's hard work. Noah stopped just short of suicide to finally ask for help. And luckily for him, he knew where he could find it. Now he's there, as a beacon to others of his generation, to make sure THEY can find help too. I hope young people from all walks of life are exposed to this story, because this young man was able to stay true to his rebellious spirit, and the life he loved, while discovering a deep understanding of the human condition and the compassion in his soul. So, he's giving back. He went from bad news to good news. That's awesome. This movie is a great resource for mothers of troubled teens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shown In Prison November 8, 2013
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I work as a prison volunteer, facilitating groups practicing zen meditation. We showed this film at one of our weekly sessions. It is refreshing to be able to bring a positive, contemplative voice that knows firsthand about street life, drug use, crime and incarceration. Good stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not something I'll watch again July 19, 2013
I am a fan of Noah Levine. I have read two of his books and frequent his website for updates. I am doing an educational class in a treatment center that incorporates Eastern Philosophy into recovery for addicts and alcoholics. I was hoping this video would provide the group with some education while showing an alternative recovery lifestyle. While it did some of this, it was more entertaining than educational. I am still a fan of Noah but this was more entertaining than educational. I would not have paid full price for this item if I had known this ahead of time. If you simply want to know about Noah, his personality, his friends, and some of the dharma punx philosophy, this would be a great introduction before reading his books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting biography of this awesome teacher... January 18, 2014
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I'm a big Noah Levine fan. Until I found against the stream I kept feeling very confused about Buddhism, but now I have a basic understanding and belong to a temple. I watched this documentary because I'm such a fan of Noah's teaching methods.. It was interesting hearing his story. He spent time with a rough crowd, and engaged in violent activities and harmed himself through substance abuse, but through his practice emerged a peaceful and productive member of society. I don't enjoy the punk music played throughout..I hated that, but I put up with it to hear about his journey. Not for anything, if he was a little thinner, Noah could totally be one of people magazine's sexiest men. Don't mind me I'm married to an emotionally intelligent rebel so I guess I have a thing for this type. I digress. The Bottom line is: if you want to learn Buddhism from a down to earth teacher, and you aren't afraid of some laughs and profanity, he's your guy. If you want to know his journey and how he became such a great teacher watch this documentary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different View December 1, 2013
By Joyce
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Very interesting video, but I could not understand or identify with these people despite my best efforts. Bought the video for my nephew who is very reserved and I can't reach. Think perhaps this video is for his demographic.
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