By Douglas Osto

In the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, american citizens mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct adventure via altered states of realization. As a few practitioners grew to become 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 referred to as psychedelic Buddhism. Many imagine exploration with psychedelics and Buddhism pale with the progressive spirit of the sixties, however the underground perform has developed right into a model of religiosity as eclectic and difficult because the period that created it.

Altered States combines interviews with famous 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 highly American non secular phenomenon. The nuanced standpoint that emerges, grounded in a close background of psychedelic non secular event, provides serious intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The booklet 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 cognizance, and the character of subjectivity.

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