Dharma-Punk

Several weeks ago I digged into Dharma-Punk, the book from Noah Levine . And what sounds like and is a great idea for a book and also for an educated mindtrip appears an ego ridden book.
Mister Levine should load the script in a texteditor and do a word count for the word “I” or “My”. Or do a “cat /home/noah/documents/mybook | grep “I” | wc -l ” when he is using some kind of unix.

(Excerpt from an interview with Noah Levine) “Over the years I’ve come to see the intention or foundation of both punk rock and Buddhism as so similar, as being this energy of dissatisfaction. The Buddha was dissatisfied with the ordinary suffering of life and wanted to find freedom from that suffering. I think that the punk movement is founded on that same dissatisfaction—that all of this oppression and inequality and political corruption sucks!

So the first part of my life was focused on rebelling outwardly. As I’ve gotten involved in spiritual principles it feels very much like this inner rebellion—that outward dissatisfaction is a core dissatisfaction that’s in me—is turning that energy inward, to purifying the greed and hatred and delusion within myself, and doing what I can to alleviate it in the world and help others…”.

Buddhism is more then calling the yourself an “spiritual revolutionary,” Sure he has “wisdom” and “compassion” tattooed on his hands and images of Buddha and Krishna on his arms, but is that what counts ?

They sell the book at Amazon: Noah Levine – Dharma-Punk

In Struggle

Go without a coat when it’s cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. If you’re never tested, you’ll never define your character.
– Henry Rollins, In Struggle

At Amazon Henry Rollins

Straight Edge

The German Spiegel website is running an article about “straight edge”, a punk movement from the early eighties. Basically the Straight Edge idea’s are:

Don’t smoke
Don’t drink
Don’t fuck
At least I can fucking think
I can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Out of step with the world

These principles simply stand for respect for your own mind and body as well
as for the opposite sex and your fellows. A clear mind should allow humans to perceive the
world around them better and to recognice and to fight against deplorable
states of affairs in their social surroundings. This can be of ethic-moral,
ecologic or politic nature or can simply include problems from your very own
personal surroundings….

Interesting to see that a idealistic movement gets some attention after 20 Years,
specially in a time where most of the youngsters going mostly over the edge.

1] www.spiegel.de

My War

Ha, I found a Black Flag “My War” T-shirt yesterday. I will probably never wear it, but its a nice to have. Being a fan of Black Flag and Henry Rollins its an historical iconoclastic item.

Now reading: Zen: The Path of Paradox

It took me 2 Days to read this nice Zen related book from Osho. In Zen: The Path of Paradox, Osho suggests Zen as a possible bridge between East and West, and between the scientific and the spiritual. “Without science,” Osho said, “the East has lost much; without meditation, the West has lost much. I am trying to bring together East and West, because together they will create the whole.” Osho encourages the reader to throw off the accumulated “knowing” of a lifetime–to let go of physical, mental, and emotional tensions, to relax into the flow of an extraordinary discourse and become receptive to the present moment and the potential within.

Moving Mind.

Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. “It’s the wind that is really moving,” stated the first one. “No, it is the flag that is moving,” contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. “Neither the flag nor the wind is moving,” he said, “It is MIND that moves.”

Enlightened.

One day the Master announced that a young monk had reached an advanced state of enlightment. The news caused some stir. Some of the monks went to see the young monk. “We heard you are enlightened. Is that true?” they asked.
“It is,” he replied.
“And how do you feel?”
“As miserable as ever,” said the monk.

Sit down and shut up.

Finished the book; Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality. Nice and inspiring read, very down to earth book written by a Punkrock Zen Master. “Lemme give you my take on these truths. The first noble truth, suffering, represents idealism. When you look at things from an idealistic viewpoint everything sucks, as The Descendants said in the song called ‘Everything Sucks’ (from the album Everything Sucks). Nothing can possibly live up to the ideals and fantasies you’ve created. So we suffer because things are not the way we think they ought to be. Rather than face what really is, we prefer to retreat and compare what we’re living through with the way we think it oughta be. Suffering comes from the comparison between the two.”

“Buddhism won’t give you the answer. Buddhism might help you find your own right question, but you’ve gotta supply your own answers. Sorry. No one else’s answer will ever satisfy you-nor should it. But the real magic is that once you have your own true answer, you’ll find that you’re not alone. As unique as your own true answer is-the one you find after questioning and questioning and questioning-it will be absolutely in tune with the answer Gautama Buddha found and those centuries ago…”

Zen is boring

At Amazon: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality.