Every Buddhist has something that brought them to practicing. It’s either a book, movie or their environment.
When I was in my early twenties I read a book by Lama Surya Das titled Awakening the Buddha Within. This was the book that set me on the path, but my path had bumps, potholes and other diversions. I drank alcohol, did drugs and other things that I’m not proud of. Lama Das talked about all the different Buddhist traditions. About Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and about his travels through Asia.
I read the book, and have a few times since. The problem with my generation is we want things explained to us in a way we can understand, nothing against Awakening the Buddha Within, because without that book I would probably not be alive today to write this, the book saved my life.
Noah Levine is part of my generation, he grew up in the eighties like I did, he took a different path than I did through the eighties, but I know if it weren’t for Awakening the Buddha Within I would not have survived certain parts of my early twenties.
In Against the Stream Noah has given our generation a voice. One that Kurt Cobain and numerous others have tried to provide but seemingly fell on deaf ears. Our generation is the one that should create revolution, not with weapons or laws passed by bureaucrats, but a revolution of the heart. A generation that could transform the way we see ourselves, the way we deal with our lives and the things we want for our families and for our communities.
Against the Stream describes Buddha’s teachings in a way that I wasn’t expecting. It makes it readable by those of our generation that want things laid out.
Our generation was raised on video games, Metal, Punk and MTV. We don’t have the best attention spans. The thought of some of us sitting for meditation sounds crazy, but if I can get my eight year old with ADHD to sit for a audio guided meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh anyone can join the revolution.
The revolution won’t be broadcast, it will be taught by teachers and passed along to students as it was the first time Sid sat under the Bodhi tree and awoke to freedom.
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