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A Tricycle Book Club Discussion with Noah Levine
The Buddha was a revolutionary, a radical advocate for personal and social transformation. He rejected the religious forms of his time and renounced all forms of greed, hatred, and delusion. He dedicated his life to going "against the stream," to the subversive path of an outlaw transient. He wasn't afraid to speak out against the ignorance in this world's political, social, and religious structures, but he did so from a place of love and kindness, from an enlightened compassion that extended to all living beings. The Buddha's teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action, an invitation to revolution.
-Noah Levine, The Heart of the Revolution
As with many self-destructive kids, Noah Levine's search for meaning led him first to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. But the search didn't end there. Having clearly seen the uselessness of drugs and violence, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as the lies of society.
Fueled by his anger at the immense injustice and suffering of the world, Levine now uses that energy and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion.
Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author, counselor, and is the founder of the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He was trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He teaches meditation classes, workshops, and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. He holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS and has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayana Buddhist traditions.
In The Heart of the Revolution, Levine invites us to explore the Buddha's radical teachings on forgiveness, compassion, and kindness. Sharing his own struggle over whether he could let go of anger and develop a loving heart, Noah reveals the tools that helped him embrace his true Buddhanature.
Order The Heart of the Revolution here.
Also leading this discussion is Joseph Rogers, a facilitator with Against the Stream in Los Angeles who has been sitting and studying meditation with Noah since 2005. Especially interested in meditation as an outgrowth of recovery work, Joseph has been teaching mindfulness and meditation practices to teens with substance abuse issues for several years and is the Director of Education for Visions Adolescent Treatment Center. Joseph has also participated in facilitating anger management groups at Camp David Gonzalez with Noah and JoAnna Harper. He has completed the year-long facilitator training with Against the Stream and plans on kicking Samsara's ass.
Further reading: Captain Karma vs. The One-Percenters: An Interview with Noah Levine