Download PDF by Douglas Osto: Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in

By Douglas Osto

ISBN-10: 0231177305

ISBN-13: 9780231177306

In the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, american citizens mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct adventure via altered states of recognition. 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 innovative spirit of the sixties, however the underground perform has advanced 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 extraordinarily American non secular phenomenon. The nuanced standpoint that emerges, grounded in an in depth historical past of psychedelic non secular event, 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 recognition, and the character of subjectivity.

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