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Michael stone interview: drugs & buddhism. Photo by Andréa de Keijzer (via Centre of Gravity Flickr stream) The following interview with Michael Stone took place in September 2010, while Michael was teaching at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

michael stone interview: drugs & buddhism

It was conducted by Dr. Douglas Osto, who is the programme coordinator of the Religious Studies Programme at Massey University in New Zealand. Douglas is doing research on the intersection of drugs and Buddhism. Shôken Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher and Buddhist teacher. Suzuki Roshi Dharma Talks. Suzuki-roshi in the Buddha-hall at City Center for a service or lecture.

Suzuki Roshi Dharma Talks

Meditation and Psychedelics. Meditation and Psychedelics By Vanja Palmers ( PDF version of this document Both meditation and psychedelics are close to my heart.

Meditation and Psychedelics

The Psychedelic Experience: LSD and Buddhist Practices – “Tricycle” magazine described the boom of LSD during the 1960s as blowing the generation gap wide open.

The Psychedelic Experience: LSD and Buddhist Practices –

They described it as “the old were appalled while the young were enthralled.” In his manuscript for Flashbacks Leary wrote, “Some students quit school and pilgrimage eastward to study yoga on the Ganges. Not necessarily a bad development from our point of view but understandably upsetting to parents who did not send their kids to Harvard to become Buddhas” (Fields 1). LSD stands for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. The synthetic hallucinogenic drug was discovered by accident in 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman. “I was forced to stop my work in the laboratory… and to go home, as I was seized by a particular restlessness associated with the sensation of mild dizziness.

LSD affects the user by decreasing the affect of serotonin in the brain. As such, it is often difficult to explain what occurs during an LSD trip. While Huxley was dying of cancer. Psychedelics: Help or Hindrance? Volume 4 Number 4 Spring 1994 - is there a proper place for psychedelics in spiritual practice? From the Newsletter of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies MAPS - Volume 4 Number 4 Spring 1994 is there a proper place for psychedelics in spiritual practice?

Volume 4 Number 4 Spring 1994 - is there a proper place for psychedelics in spiritual practice?

Igor Kungurtsev, M.D. It may seem that nothing new can be said on this topic after Ram Dass and Ralph Metzner. Yet the theme is vast and has many pros and contras as reflected in one of the recent issues of "Gnosis" magazine. (Winter 93, No 26.)This article is an attempt to look at psychedelics from the point of view of somebody who measures everything by one criteria: will this bring me permanent and stable peace and happiness?

Limitations Maybe it's useful first to point out what psychedelics can not give. There is a big difference between actually experiencing that everything is One and intellectually reminding yourself of this truth. High History of Buddhism. Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Fall 1996.

High History of Buddhism

On the Buddhism Beat: Studying American Buddhism and Psychedelics — Keep on Truckin’, Allan Badiner! Allan Badiner Readers may know Allan Badiner, a writer, activist, and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as the editor of the outstanding anthologies Dharma Gaia: A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology and Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism.

On the Buddhism Beat: Studying American Buddhism and Psychedelics — Keep on Truckin’, Allan Badiner!

Drugs and Dharma in the 21st Century. In June, please join us at CIIS online in a course entitled, "Buddhism and Psychedelics.

Drugs and Dharma in the 21st Century

" We will explore the ideas of many Buddhist and psychedelicpioneers, including Robert Aitken, Richard Baker, John Perry Barlow, Stephen Batchelor, David Chadwick, Lama Surya Das, Ram Dass, Erik Davis, Rick Fields, Joan Halifax, Jack Kornfield, and Terence McKenna. Although this is a for-credit course, you do not have to be a full time student at CIIS to join us. For more info email The following article introduces some of the strands of our upcoming explorations... Are psychedelics useful in the practice of Buddhism? Terence McKenna - Meditation and Psychedelics.avi.

ZIG ZAG ZEN. Library : The Erowid Review » Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics. Psychoactivism. In the early '70s at a meeting of students at the Western world's first Buddhist monastery, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the agenda had been covered and there we all were sitting around the dining room, enjoying the energy of being together talking, and not wanting to go back to our cabins and to bed.


The tables were pushed back against the walls and 50 or so of us sat on straight-backed wooden chairs loosely arranged in an oval, our faces highlighted by the flickering light from the kerosene lamps. We didn't meet much like that -- maybe once or twice in a ninety-day practice period. Someone broke the silence by saying he'd like to conduct a poll on a topic of interest to him. The Paisley Gate, by Erik Davis.

  1. yasmineshalaby Dec 28 2012
    suite et fin (j'espère) je ne vois aucune présentation de cette perle avec mise en garde, c'est ce que vous auriez du faire en premier en prenant l'initiative de "faire de la publicité" pour ces choses dangereuses, au nom d'une pseudo-évolution du bouddhisme de surcroît !!!
  2. turok23 Dec 27 2012
    Yasmine, j'étudie le bouddhisme depuis 1979, mais je connais aussi l'histoire de la Beat Generation et ses acteurs (Ginsberg, Kerouac, Timothy Leary, etc.). Le problème ici c'est que vous semblez croire que la pensée et les pratiques bouddhiques soient quelque chose de presque intact, à ne pas mélanger pour éviter un amalgame nocif. Mais l'histoire même du bouddhisme montre une évolution qui est faite régulièrement de sincretisme, superpositions, mélanges complexes et même insoupçonnable (je vous invite à réfléchir pour un moment à l'histoire du bouddhisme et ses relations avec le tantrisme, le bönpo, le chamanisme, etc.). Veuillez excuser mon mauvais français.
  3. yasmineshalaby Dec 27 2012
    turok23 depuis que j'étudie le bouddhisme c'est bien la première fois qu'on me dit une telle chose, étonnante et qui me paraît décallée. Le mouvement "psychedelisme" est apparu à l'aube des années 1960 et il concerne des substances psychotropes et hallucinogènes. Je ne vois pas du tout comment on peut affirmer des "liens incontestables entre bouddhisme et expérience psychédelique" !!! à moins d'une extrapolation très imaginative du bouddhisme ! Je ne connais aucun nom de ceux que vous citez, probablement des contemporains de l'ère new age, je vais aller voir de quoi il s'agit, mais de grâce ne mélangeons pas tout !!!