Noah Levine on Dharma Punx, Refuge Recovery, and Wearing the Self Like a Loose Garment

February 22, 2017

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Noah Levine is a punk, a father, a remarkable teacher of Buddhism, and the author of the books Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery. His memoir, Dharma Punx, details teenage years filled with drugs, violence, incarceration and suicide attempts - as well as his path to vipassana meditation. During our far-ranging conversation, we discussed what it means to look back on a memoir he wrote more than fourteen years ago, and how Noah is able to live a life of leadership that's not contingent upon tending to an unhealthy ego. We also spoke about Refuge Recovery, Levine's book and similarly-named addiction program which provides a non-theistic path of recovery for addicts. Our track today is "Machine Elves" by Anamorphic Orchestra and is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

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