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Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in by Douglas Osto

By Douglas Osto

Within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, american citizens mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct event via altered states of cognizance. As a few practitioners grew to become extra dedicated 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 innovative spirit of the sixties, however the underground perform has developed 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 exceptionally American spiritual phenomenon. The nuanced viewpoint that emerges, grounded in an in depth background of psychedelic spiritual event, provides serious intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The e-book 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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CHANT FOR FORMAL MEALS SETTING OUT THE BOWLS We now set out utensils of the Tathāgata. May the three wheels in boundlessness be equally liberated! CHANT FOR FORMAL MEALS INVOCATION Pure dharmakāya, Vairochana Buddha Complete sambhogakāya, Rochana Buddha Numerous nirmānakāya, Shākyamuni Buddhas Future Maitreya Buddha All buddhas throughout space and time Mahāyāna Saddharma Pundarīka Sūtra Great sacred Mañjushrī Bodhisattva Mahāyāna Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Great compassionate Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva All honorable bodhisattvas mahāsattvas Mahā Prajñā Pāramitā CHANT FOR FORMAL MEALS OFFERING FOOD FOR SPIRITS Oh spirits in the ten directions, now we offer all of you this food.

OM MA KU RA SAI SO WA KA. CHANT FOR FORMAL MEALS VERSE OF PURE PRACTICE Abiding in this world of endless space, a lotus flower is not stained by muddy water. We follow the unsurpassable one, whose mind remains pure and free. UNIVERSAL PRECEPTS OF THE SEVEN ORIGINAL BUDDHAS Refrain from unwholesome action. Engage in wholesome action. Purify your own mind. This is the teaching of all buddhas. MAINTAINING THE PRECEPTS THE TRUE TEACHING I take refuge in the Buddha. I take refuge in the Dharma. I take refuge in the Sangha.

By your continuous practice, the continuous practice of all buddhas is actualized and the great road of all buddhas opens up. 2 When seen as a whole, Zen chants call for a concerted action by practitioners while meditating, taking refuge, making offerings, invoking buddhas, praying, thanking, reflecting, atoning, realizing, remembering the rarity and brevity of life, and becoming free. They always call for selfless consideration and for a willingness to assist others in need. The phrasing in Zen recitation is pure, lofty, and solemn.

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