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Altered states : Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality in America

Author: Douglas Osto
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 1950s and 1960s, Americans combined psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to achieve direct experience through altered states of consciousness. As some practitioners became more committed to Buddhism, they abandoned the use of psychedelics in favor of stricter mental discipline, but others carried on with the experiment, advancing a fascinating alchemy called psychedelic Buddhism. Many think exploration with  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Osto, Douglas, 1967-
Altered states.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016002641
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Osto
ISBN: 9780231177306 0231177305
OCLC Number: 930681688
Description: xxvi, 300 pages : charts ; 24 cm
Contents: Buddhism and the psychedelic connection --
The psychedelic revolution --
The Buddhist revolution --
Opening the door: psychedelics as a gateway to Buddhist practice --
Closing the door: the fifth precept and graduating from psychedelics --
Keeping the door open: psychedelics as an adjunct to Buddhist practice --
Are psychedelics the true Dharma.
Responsibility: Douglas Osto.

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A nuanced portrait of a daring subculture that continues to push the limits of religious experience and intellectual possibility.  Read more...

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