Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in by Douglas Osto

By Douglas Osto

In the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, american citizens mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct event via altered states of realization. As a few practitioners turned extra devoted to Buddhism, they deserted using psychedelics in prefer of stricter psychological self-discipline, yet others carried on with the scan, advancing a desirable alchemy known as psychedelic Buddhism. Many imagine exploration with psychedelics and Buddhism light with the progressive spirit of the sixties, however the underground perform has advanced right into a model of religiosity as eclectic and not easy because the period that created it.

Altered States combines interviews with recognized figures in American Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality--including Lama Surya Das, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei, Rick Strassman, Charles Tart, and Erik Davis--and own tales of daily practitioners to outline a rather American non secular phenomenon. The nuanced viewpoint that emerges, grounded in a close heritage of psychedelic non secular adventure, provides serious intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The ebook additionally opens new paths of inquiry into such concerns as re-enchantment, the bounds of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial foundation of altered states of attention, and the character of subjectivity.

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