Psychedelic Buddhism: A User's Guide to Traditions, Symbols, and Ceremonies

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds
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English
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9781644116692

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About the Author

Lama Mike Crowley met a Tibetan lama, Lama Radha Chime Rinpoche, in London when he was 18 years old. He became Lama Chime's first student and has continued to study with him to the present day. He took "refuge" and the five Pansil vows on May 1, 1970, and, after much study and meditation, was ordained as a lama on January 1, 1988. He is the founder of Amrita Dzong, an American extension of his teacher's group, and a member of the advisory board of the national Psychedelic Sangha. The author of Secret Drugs of Buddhism, he lives in northern California.

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"When it comes to the intersection of psychedelics and Buddhism, Lama Mike Crowley is like a living encyclopedia, ever-ready with mythological interweavings and historical facts that serve to ground the wisdom he has to share. Adorned with awe-inspiring visionary art, Psychedelic Buddhism lays out an ethical path for the modern Buddhist curious about the integration of psychedelic substances as tools to enhance and deepen spiritual practice."-- "Jasmine Virdi, M.Sc., writer, educator, poet, and activist"
"Lama Mike Crowley comes fully out of the psychedelic Buddhist closet with Psychedelic Buddhism. This book shows how psychedelic experience can be applied to Buddhist practice for those who already practice Buddhism and how psychedelic users who are interested in Buddhism can familiarize themselves with a wealth of Buddhist traditions, symbols, and ceremonies such as meditation, chanting, visualizations, and even dream yoga. Though a Lama in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, Mike provides his readers with a solid Buddhist education by making ample references to all the various permutations of Buddhism from the early, 'basic' Buddhism of Hinayana to the later developments of Mahayana and ultimately to Vajrayana Buddhism. Mike skillfully covers a wide range of Buddhist topics and practices, and as such, the book serves as a well-informed introduction to Buddhism from an insider's perspective. Additionally, Mike discusses various psychedelics and how they could experientially contribute to Buddhist practice, and he offers guidance and suggestions for creating opportunities for the practicing of psychedelic Buddhism from meditation to picnicking with friends, including how to avoid unnecessary intrusion by curious onlookers. Pour yourself a nice cup of amr. ita, get your bottom properly positioned on that meditation cushion, and let Lama Mike Crowley show you a very different side of Buddhism and Buddhist practice that harkens back to the days when amr. ita and soma were much more than colored and flavored water. Let your bodhicitta flower like a visionary lotus of a thousand psychedelic petals. You just might discover that you've always been just what you've been looking for in the vast nondual emptiness of the dharmakaya."-- "Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., author, visionary artist, and host of The Entheogenic Evolution podcast"
PREFACE
What Is a Psychedelic?
An Email to My Seven-Year-Old Granddaughter

Merging Psychedelics and Buddhism
A Note about This Book

INTRODUCTION
The Lineage of Psychedelic Buddhism

PART 1
PSYCHEDELICS FOR BUDDHISTS

FOREWORD TO PART 1
A Return to Nothingness
Dr. Ben Sessa
1 Prerequisites
2 Psychedelic Drugs to Enhance Your Buddhist Practice
3 Where and with Whom to Trip
4 Managing Experiences
5 A Few Last Words on Psychedelics for Buddhists

PART 2
BUDDHISM FOR PSYCHONAUTS

FOREWORD TO PART 2
The Shared History of Buddhism and Psychedelics in the West
by Gwyllm Llwydd
6 A Brief History of Buddhism
7 Buddhist Beliefs
8 Symbols in Buddhism
9 So . . . What Is a Buddhist?
10 A Few Last Words for Psychonauts Who Want to Explore Buddhism

PART 3
BECOMING A PSYCHEDELIC BUDDHIST

11 Foundations
12 Vows Taken by Buddhists
13 Traditional Practices
14 Sitting Meditation Practice
15 Group Meditation Practice
16 Daily Practices
17 The Four Positive Attitudes
18 Yoga of the Dream Path
19 Psychic Powers and Magic
20 Tales of Psi-chedelics
21 Poems for Contemplation
22 A Final Wish

APPENDICES

RESOURCES FOR THE READER

APPENDIX 1
Suggested Ceremonies

APPENDIX 2
The Formal Refuge Ceremony for Becoming a Buddhist

APPENDIX 3
Refuge Formulas

APPENDIX 4
Bodhisattva Vows

APPENDIX 5
Dedications of Merit

APPENDIX 6
Buddhist Festivals

Further Reading

Glossary

Index