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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Original edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061711241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061711244
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“You can feel it in the very sentences - Levine’s earnest drive to share what he’s learned, to bring us along into the open heart of revolution. This is a terrific new take on the old teachings - and I believe him. I want to join.” (Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones)

“A passionate and timely appeal to overcome self-centredness through love and compassion, combined with eminently practical meditations to help you do so.” (Stephen Batchelor, author of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist)

“The Heart of the Revolution is refreshing, relevant and to the point. A great manual for developing love and compassion in these difficult times.” (Martine Batchelor, Author of Let Go and The Spirit of the Buddha)

“It offers a fresh look at mercy, a term not frequently used in Buddhism; includes an extensive commentary on the Metta Sutta; gives the lowdown on personal and romantic love; and explores cosmology and the three personality types according to traditional Buddhist thought.” (Shambhala Sun)

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Noah Levine has become the voice of the next generation of American Buddhism. In The Heart of the Revolution, he invites us on a journey to discover the loving heart. Despite being an acclaimed Buddhist teacher, Levine doubted whether he could ever release the anger deep within. After many years he finally realized the truth of this essential Buddhist belief—compassion is a natural quality of the heart that is often lying dormant, waiting to be uncovered. Levine now reveals the tools that helped him embrace his true Buddha nature. The practices he describes in this book are not a quick fix but a map to a hidden treasure. Free yourself from the unnecessary suffering of life and join the rebellion fueled not by hatred but by forgiveness, compassion, and kindness.


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And as he read, he wept and wept.
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I always recommend Noah's books to folks I know would appreciate his outlook on things, and will continue to do so.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ian Sherman on April 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just had the chance to see Noah Levine read from his third book, The Heart of the Revolution, here in Seattle tonight. As he started, he hesitated; he said, "Maybe I should choose a different section." I didn't know quite what he meant. And then he began: returning to his time as a seventeen-year-old screw-up, to the undifferentiated hate he felt, the hate that flowed in every direction, including recursively, swirling and coiling within himself. And as he read, he wept and wept. He'd stop every couple of minutes to compose himself. But I could tell that he was present with everything he was feeling as he read it: back in the moment of writing it, back further in the moment of feeling it, back into the years of work it took to forgive it.

I have trouble sometimes with the heart practices--lovingkindness, forgiveness, heartfelt appreciation, and equanimity. Sometimes I think, "oh, I just don't feel it the way that others do." But tonight I saw what it means to train the heart to feel compassion: the work it takes, and the wonderful gift it allows. I'm feeling renewed and rededicated in my own practice.

Noahs' first book, Dharma Punx, was his own story of coming out of hatred, greed and disillusionment; coming into mindfulness and compassion. His second, Against the Stream, was a guide to the Buddha's teachings in the language and style of his own Dharma Punx teaching. Both have been so transformative to so many people, and I loved both dearly. But I feel like this book allows Noah to come more fully into his own, to show his own real contribution to the dharma, besides the movement that has sprung up in his wake--for he leads with his heart, more strongly than most other teachers I know. He's raw and immediate and unflinching in his forgiveness and compassion.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Precious Metal: the blog on May 16, 2011
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Appropriately, Noah Levine's third book is less of a memoir than the first two. His previous books, "Dharma Punx" and "Against The Stream" have become staples in the Gen X Buddhist library.

"Dharma Punx",his first book, was an in depth look at where Noah came from. From his childhood, teen years and into his adult life we see someone who not only blossoms into a beacon of compassion, but someone who bucks the typical idea of what you or I may have of what a Buddhist "should be". His tattoos and rough exterior are not every day indicators that we are witnessing a true revolutionary lead his troops into battle. That said, his second book "Against The Stream" is consequently subtitled "A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries".

"Heart Of The Revolution" is less of a manual per say, but has a very similar tone to "Against The Stream". He does get into more of the nitty gritty teachings, and explains them in his own way. His line by line break down of the Metta Sutta defies the established meaning, and sheds a different, and less religious light on one of the most important Sutta's in Buddhism.

Having struggled recently with issues such as rebirth and karma, I appreciate Noah's vigor in explaining his view on them. In one section I really liked when he said, "But whether we believe in karma and reincarnation or not, that perspective should not change our relationship to the suffering in this world. We are still responsible to try to help each other. We are still responsible for our actions. Whether the abused child was a real jerk in his last lifetime or not, our heart's response to suffering should always be a compassionate willingness to protect and forgive.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By outreached on October 21, 2011
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I really needed this book. With every page I began to understand my own struggles and how to relate better to them. I have had a difficult upbringing and now am suffering from my midlife depression (41 years). This book was just what I was looking for! It demystifies meditation and Buddha and gets rid of the elitism that often comes with the enlighten teachers. With this book he invites you to the revolution of healing and detachment. His examples are achievable to the novice and understandable. He is the voice of my generation and has delivered a tangible way to heal and find peace. He honesty and transparency is key Congrats on this book and many thanks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Misty on July 9, 2012
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This is the first book I've read by Noah. My husband often attends his Monday night meditation gatherings.
I bought all three books for him as a gift. I picked up, Heart of the Revolution and haven't been able to put it down. The first two pages, discussing our attachments to pleasure and avoidance of pain, could be daily reading. Obviously, these are not new thoughts in Buddhism, but they are reiterated in a simple and beautiful way.
I'm familiar with the concept of letting myself and others off the hook. This book has pushed my old ideas of compassion aside and encouraged me to delve deeper into ultra-forgiveness.
I love reading a book that challenges my old beliefs systems and raises the bar on spiritual concepts. In my experience, books that have that capability are few and far between. Grateful for the opportunity to grow and thankful for the material that inspires growth.
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