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In the Fifties and Sixties, americans mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct adventure via altered states of cognizance. As a few practitioners turned extra devoted to Buddhism, they deserted using psychedelics in want of stricter psychological self-discipline, yet others carried on with the test, 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 demanding 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 exceptionally American non secular phenomenon. The nuanced viewpoint that emerges, grounded in an in depth historical past 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 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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