Friday, September 16, 2011

Dharma Punx at USC (video)
Noah Levine, son of Buddhist author Stephen Levine and founder of "Against the Stream: Buddhist Meditation Society," speaks on Buddhism to Univ. of Southern California students.

Following the trend of many self-destructive youths, Noah Levine's search for meaning in Los Angeles -- a city of lost angels -- first led him to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. Fortunately, however, his search did not end there.
Having clearly realized the uselessness of drugs and violence from time spent in jail, while his parents and their friends became some of the most prominent Buddhists and meditators in the country, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as society's lies.

Author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, and most recently The Heart of the Revolution, Levine is now a Buddhist teacher, meditation instructor, author, and counselor.

He came to USC in 2009 and talked about how he channeled his anger and energy into the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion. The program was sponsored by the USC Office of Religious Life, in association with USC Spectrum.