I’m a late-comer to the Dharma Punx phenomenon: the socio-cultural-spiritual movement sparked by Noah Levine’s memoir by that name. Published in 2003, Dharma Punx recounts his personal transformation from a life of self-destruction – culminating in a suicide attempt and incarceration in a padded cell.- to his current incarnation as a spiritual teacher and author.
Although the punk ethic and sub-culture provided a framework for Levine’s early disenchantment with the dominant culture in the U.S., the nihilist ideology represented by his favourite punk bands promised no future. It was the simple meditation instructions offered by Levine’s father, the prominent Buddhist teacher Stephen Levine, that helped to bring him back from the brink.
The Library has recently ordered Dharma Punx as well as Noah Levine’s most recent book, The Heart of the Revolution (2011). Levine’s DVD, Meditate and Destroy: A documentary on punk rock, spirituality and inner rebellion (2009), is currently available through the Library’s catalogue.