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Buddhadharma : Winter 2017
36 Buddhadharma: The PracTiTioner's QuarTerly Ingram’s Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusu- ally Hardcore Dharma Book (2008), presents his perspective as “the unrestrained voice of one from a generation whose radicals wore spikes and combat boots rather than beads and sandals, listened to the Sex Pistols rather than the Moody Blues, wouldn’t know a beat poet or early sixties dharma bum from a hole in the ground and thought that hippies were pretty friggin’ naive.” A similar framing is often found in the Dharma Punx community and its affiliated Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, a network started by Noah Levine. Levine’s memoir, Dharma Punx, details his journey to sobriety through Buddhist practice and his crafting of an alternative form of American Buddhism that draws its inspiration from the punk/ hardcore scene rather than the hippie counterculture that shaped the first wave of American convert teachers. The secularIzaTIon oF BuddhIsm Another new and significant network that has emerged from within meditation-based convert lineages is that of secular Buddhism. The Secular Buddhist Association, cofounded by Ted Meissner, origi- nated from a podcast called The Secular Buddhist, which Meissner started in May 2009. It currently has more than five thousand sub- scribers on its website and more than twelve thousand members on its Facebook page, and it has produced more than 270 podcasts, which have been downloaded over 1.5 million times. There is much variation among secular Buddhists; some unifying factors, however, are that they “find no evidence for” or “consider irrelevant” meta- physical concepts such as rebirth or supernatural elements such as devas, and they have a “this-worldly” orientation and focus for their practice. Gen X teachers say they are more open to cross-lineage collaboration than their baby boomer counterparts and that they’re forging a more pluralistic, nonsectarian approach to Buddhism.