Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Noah Levine has spent his living Against the Stream

Name: Noah Levine

What is your job? Buddhist Meditation Teacher/ Author/ Therapist

What social causes are most important to you?

Ending Racism, Bringing about more Justice to the “Justice System”.

 What charities do you support – and how? I support several Buddhist organizations that do work in prisons and my wife and I support a couple of environmental groups.

Please list their websites: www.insightprisonproject.org and www.nrdc.org

Why do you have a passion for one in particular, is there a personal tie? My whole life was changed when I learned meditation while I was incarcerated in 1988, so I have spent the last twenty years trying to help others in the same way, most recently by opening a meditation center in Los Angeles. For info see againstthestream.org

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? My feeling is there are so many worthy causes and so much suffering and confusion that needs to be addressed, that it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you are doing something.

How would you define social responsibility? Social responsibility is living a life of non-harming, a commitment to personal action and to protecting others and this world.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social/charitable beliefs/work? Almost all of my tattoos are reminders of my spiritual beliefs.

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists:
Wisdom and Compassion on my hands by Juan Puente
Indian sleeve by Eddie Deutsche
Standing Buddha by Eddie Deutsche
Tibetan Mary by Scott Sylvia
Tibetan Skull by Scott Sylvia
Buddhhist Wheel of Life back Piece by Scott Sylvia
White Tara by Chris Conn
Hanuman by Jeff Rasier
Against the Stream and Dharma Punx on Neck by Mike Reubendal
Finger symbols and Om on chest redone by Freddie Corbin
Black leg and heart with wings by Kosmology

MEDITATE AND DESTROY DVD Available NOW! at www.dharmapunx.com
81-minute documentary about punk rock, spirituality, and inner rebellion. This film provides an up-close look at how the driving forces in Noah's life changed from violence, addiction and rebellion to taking on the role of dedicated meditation teacher and community leader - an individual whose candor inspires others to integrate Buddhist teachings of nonviolence and inner peace with a Western lifestyle.

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