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By Douglas Osto

In the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, american citizens mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct event via altered states of cognizance. As a few practitioners turned extra devoted to Buddhism, they deserted using psychedelics in desire 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 light with the progressive spirit of the sixties, however the underground perform has advanced right into a model of religiosity as eclectic and tough 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 extraordinarily American spiritual phenomenon. The nuanced viewpoint that emerges, grounded in an in depth heritage of psychedelic spiritual event, provides severe intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The booklet additionally opens new paths of inquiry into such matters as re-enchantment, the bounds of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial foundation of altered states of recognition, and the character of subjectivity.

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