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By Douglas Osto

ISBN-10: 0231177305

ISBN-13: 9780231177306

In the Fifties and Sixties, american citizens mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct adventure via altered states of cognizance. As a few practitioners grew to become extra devoted to Buddhism, they deserted using psychedelics in want of stricter psychological self-discipline, yet others carried on with the scan, advancing a desirable alchemy known 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 not easy 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 quite American spiritual phenomenon. The nuanced standpoint that emerges, grounded in an in depth historical past of psychedelic spiritual 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 attention, and the character of subjectivity.

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