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5.0 out of 5 stars Theraputic, entertaining and insightful, May 27, 2008
This review is from: Dharma Punx (Paperback)
Dharma Punx is a raw, first-hand memoir which I am convinced is authentic, unlike certain other "memoirs" recently exposed as made-up fiction.

This book finally lets me into the mindset of the street punks I routinely encountered growing up in Berkeley - peers of mine who seemingly chose to be homeless. This book also provides excellent references to Buddhist resources (retreats, scholars, temples, ashrams, monasteries) around the globe.

Finally, this book explores mediation and realization/manifestation of one's life work, through the lens of a hardcore punk rocker, from a broken family in the Gen X era, an addict committed to recovery. This story has not been told like this ever before. It's a testament to Mr. Levine's allowing of his inner core of strength to lead his way, through the clouds of doubt and pain and the resulting self-destructive behavior which could have taken his life many times - and many of his very good friends indeed lost their lives.

This book is, to me, a successful manifestation of that commitment to live from a place of peace, self-forgiveness, compassion and the desire to serve. (Again, the author's personal identity is as a punk rocker, dedicated to sobriety, so the book does focus on his efforts to synthesize the punk aesthetic and politic with the 12 steps and the Buddhist/meditative life approach - which will not apply to every reader). NOT an easy life to choose, when so many of us just get into the rat race and keep up with the Joneses until we die.

So, for those of us who are trying to resolve our pain, our doubt, and trying to base our life choices upon our passions, rather than our fears, and trying to develop a true faith from which to live more fully, this book is a major support. Although it's not a how-to book, I gained tools for living my purpose.
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