Article

The Anarchist, the Punk Rocker and the Buddha walk into a bar(n): Dharma Punx and Rebel Dharma

Citation

Stewart F (2015) The Anarchist, the Punk Rocker and the Buddha walk into a bar(n): Dharma Punx and Rebel Dharma. Punk and Post Punk, 4 (1), pp. 71-89. https://doi.org/10.1386/punk.4.1.71_1

Abstract
Punk rock is known for its frenetic energy. Its aggressive, anger-driven music is born from the seething cauldron of discontent. Anarchism is the ‘ideology’ that often underpins punk, but anarchism exists beyond punk in its drive to create a new social order fuelled by discontent at the current systems. There exists a large self-identifying anarchist group within the wider punk subculture, but it is only one group within a myriad of understandings of punk. Not all anarchists are punks; not all punks are anarchists. On first glance, Buddhism, as an ancient practice of mindfulness intended to lead the individual into an awareness of the nature of being through calming activities such as meditation, appears incongruous with anarchism and punk. However, a shift away from understanding Buddhism as a religion and an examination of the purposes behind Buddhism, punk and anarchy reveal a synchronicity. This has culminated in the creation of groups such as the Dharma Punx (US) and the Rebel Dharma (UK), which this article will explore and outline.

Keywords
Buddhism; punk rock; anarchism; orientalism; Dharma Punx; Rebel Dharma

Journal
Punk and Post Punk: Volume 4, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/03/2015
Publication date online01/03/2015
Date accepted by journal30/11/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/24442
PublisherIntellect
ISSN2044-1983