An awesome documentary about a punk rock Buddhist. | General Discussion | Forum
July 12, 2011
Recently I saw a documentary called Meditate and Destroy.
It tells the story of a man named Noah Levin. He was into punk rock and drugs, especially crack cocaine, for many years. While he's managed to leave the drugs behind in favor of Buddhism, he's still a punker and these days he teaches Buddhism to many of his punker piers.
I really enjoyed this man's story, and thought I would share a link to the video on YouTube.
You can also find it on NetFlix.
Now, normally I don't like to talk much about Buddhism when no one is asking me about it. Being preachy is the easiest way to get someone to ignore your advise. But this documentary really showed how being a Buddhist doesn't require you to give up everything you have and be a celibate monk. It can be incorporated into anyone's life/belief system because Buddhism isn't about beliefs. It's just a strategy for living that anyone can begin to follow without changing what they believe in, whether that's God, or magick, or Shiva, or whatever.
The Buddha was never trying to tell people who they are, where they came from, or what happens when they die. He taught suffering, and how to end it. And he doesn't ask you to have faith in anything. In fact, he encouraged his followers to question everything, including the things he said, and discover their own truth.
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