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By Douglas Osto

ISBN-10: 0231177305

ISBN-13: 9780231177306

Within the Fifties and Sixties, americans mixed psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to accomplish direct adventure via altered states of realization. As a few practitioners turned extra dedicated to Buddhism, they deserted using psychedelics in prefer of stricter psychological self-discipline, yet others carried on with the test, advancing a desirable alchemy known as psychedelic Buddhism. Many imagine exploration with psychedelics and Buddhism pale with the progressive spirit of the sixties, however the underground perform has advanced right into a model of religiosity as eclectic and tough 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 especially American non secular phenomenon. The nuanced standpoint that emerges, grounded in an in depth historical past of psychedelic spiritual adventure, provides serious intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The publication additionally opens new paths of inquiry into such matters as re-enchantment, the bounds of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial foundation of altered states of realization, and the character of subjectivity.

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If you set yourself a goal and work toward it, you are using clock time. You are aware of where you want to go, but you honor and give your fullest attention to the step that you are taking at this moment. If you then become excessively focused on the goal, perhaps because you are seeking happiness, fulfillment, or a more complete sense of self in it, the Now is no longer honored. It becomes reduced to a mere stepping stone to the future, with no intrinsic value. Clock time then turns into psychological time.

Freud, by the way, also recognized the existence of this undercurrent of unease and wrote about it in his book Civilization and Its Discontents, but he did not recognize the true root of the unease and failed to realize that freedom from it is possible. This collective dysfunction has created a very unhappy and extraordinarily violent civilization that has become a threat not only to itself but also to all life on the planet. Dissolving Ordinary Unconsciousness So how can we be free of this affliction?

With the timeless dimension comes a different kind of knowing, one that does not "kill" the spirit that lives within every creature and every thing. A knowing that does not destroy the sacredness and mystery of life but contains a deep love and reverence for all that is. A knowing of which the mind knows nothing. The mind cannot know the tree. It can only know facts or information about the tree. My mind cannot know you, only labels, judgments, facts, and opinions about you. Being alone knows directly.

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