Episode 91 :: Noah Levine :: The Heart of the Revolution

| November 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

Noah Levine

Dharma Punx founder Noah Levine speaks with us about his new book, The Heart of the Revolution.

Many of us who come to a Buddhist practice in contemporary Western society, come to it from many directions. We’re interested in the culture of Japan. We have a martial arts practice. We have some suffering in our life, and whatever we’ve been doing just isn’t working. Often this suffering manifests in unhealthy ways, increasing our pain rather than helping us find release.

But if we do find this practice as a way to deal with our hurts, as many of us have, we come to experience at first a little relief, and over time even more. Once our big pain is gone, we may have the tendency to stop there, or only do the practice enough to maintain our ability to cope with the challenges in our daily lives. And that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with personal development and healing!

Some people, however, those with passion and the skills of natural leadership, take another step. In addition to their own ongoing practice, they go out of their way to take on the additional work of bringing this practice to others in need. They lend their skill, their talent, and their compassion for others to the development of support structures to assist others suffering as they have been. My guest today is one of the very best examples of someone who has triumphed over tremendous adversity, and gone the extra marathon number of miles to help others.

Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is 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. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions. Noah currently lives in Los Angeles, CA

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice mango orange juice.

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“Againt Greed – Against Hatred – Against Delusion AGAINST THE STREAM!” — Noah Levine

 

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Music for This Episode

Aijikan

Chikuzen Shakuhachi

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The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from the Chikuzen Shakuhachi Series, Volume 1, courtesy of Tai Hei Shakuhachi. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Track 2 :: Shika no Tone

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Category: Book Reviews, The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

About the Author ()

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Travis says:

    When I pick up his books I cannot put them down! I can relate to so much of them i’m sucked right into them.

  2. Dana Nourie Dana Nourie says:

    Wow, great podcast! I really related to Noah when he was talking about his addictions and having to learn to redirect that energy. As someone who grew up in a family of alcoholics I totally understand. While I developed an aversion to alcohol, addictions didn’t pass me by. In fact a friend of mine teases my about my “serial obsessions.” Mindfulness taught me how I could redirect that obsessive energy in a way that would benefit me, such as learning technologies, Buddhism, science topics, and recently, mathematics. It’s really about seeing and accepting that energy, and then finding ways to influence it positively.

    I’m thrilled to hear that Noah is providing alternative to AA and other Christian focused support groups.

    Noah is a wonderful inspiration for us all, and a great example of how we can redirect our lives once we become mindful of all the processes that are at work, how to productively redirect them, and how to overcome craving and addiction by working WITH that energy.

  3. seeking peace says:

    I think I’ve listened to every pod cast from Against the Stream twice. I’m relatively new to the Dharma, about two years, since reading Hesse’s Siddhartha rekindled my interest. After finding the secular Buddhist I soon found the Against the Stream group. I find Noah’s talks wonderfully practical, enlightening and entertaining while completely free of dogma. As a long time atheist I have been very impressed with their emphasis on a practice that is directly verifiable. In the Against the Stream pod casts they often urge to take only what is useful and throw the rest away. http://againstthestream.org/audio

    I’d like to say that the presence of secular Buddhists such as Ted and Noah has really helped me find and solidify my path through this world. Thanks!

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