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By Noah Levine

Fueled through the track of revolution, anger, worry, and depression, we dyed our hair or shaved our heads ... consuming acid love it used to be sweet and chasing velocity with reasonable vodka, smoking truckloads of weed, all in a useless try and get numb and remain numb.

This is the tale of a tender guy and a new release of indignant youths who rebelled opposed to their mom and dad and the unfulfilled promise of the sixties. As with many self-destructive teenagers, Noah Levine's look for which means led him first to punk rock, medicines, ingesting, and dissatisfaction. however the seek did not finish there. Having truly obvious the uselessness of gear and violence, Noah hunted for optimistic how one can channel his uprising opposed to what he observed because the lies of society. Fueled by way of his anger at quite a bit injustice and pain, Levine now makes use of that power and the perform of Buddhism to evoke his average knowledge and compassion.

While Levine involves embody an identical religious culture as his father, bestselling writer Stephen Levine, he reveals his so much genuine expression in connecting the probably antagonistic worlds of punk and Buddhism. As Noah Levine delved deeper into Buddhism, he selected to not reject the punk scene, in its place integrating the 2 worlds as a catalyst for transformation. eventually, this can be an inspiring tale approximately maturing, and the way a antagonistic and misplaced iteration is eventually discovering its footing. This provocative record takes us deep contained in the punk scene and strikes from anger, uprising, and self-destruction, to overall healthiness, carrier to others, and real religious growth.

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