By Douglas Osto

ISBN-10: 0231177305

ISBN-13: 9780231177306

In the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, americans mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct adventure via altered states of cognizance. As a few practitioners turned extra dedicated to Buddhism, they deserted using psychedelics in desire of stricter psychological self-discipline, yet others carried on with the test, advancing a desirable alchemy known 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 hard 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 particularly American spiritual phenomenon. The nuanced standpoint that emerges, grounded in a close background of psychedelic non secular adventure, provides severe intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The ebook additionally opens new paths of inquiry into such matters as re-enchantment, the boundaries of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial foundation of altered states of recognition, and the character of subjectivity.

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