Friday, January 4, 2019

Psychedelic Sangha: Enter the Paisley Gate

Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Wisdom Quarterly

Are you a "Psychonaut" looking for a complementary meditation practice?
  • Are you looking for a way to integrate and expand your psychedelic experience through the contemplative and philosophical tools of Buddhism?
Psychedelic Explorer's Guide (Fadiman)
Or maybe you’re a Buddhist who found the Dharma through the “Paisley Gate” [like Zen Buddhism's “Gateless Gate”] and value the spiritual efficacy of entheogens?

The mission of Psychedelic Sangha is to facilitate community -- a "space of difference" for Buddhists and psychonauts alike.

This is a spiritual collective of Buddhist-Psychonauts who share a commitment to Buddhism and believe that entheogenic substances like psilocybin (or “magic mushrooms”) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, a.k.a. “acid”) can help facilitate religious, spiritual, mystical experiences.

Plant-based substances have played a well-known role in many indigenous cultures -- including the Indo-Aryans [like the Shakyans] of ancient India during the Vedic period (1500-500 BCE).

Prostrate-In by FluxBuddha, 2018 (

Human Prayer Wheel by FluxBuddha, 2018 (
Whether such substances ever permeated Indian Buddhist circles is a provocative and intriguing question that could have important legal implications on Buddhists groups who use psychedelics for religious purposes.

What is not in question is the integral role that psychedelics have played in the indigenous cultural history of American Buddhism.

Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics
"Entheogens have entered Buddhism to stay," writes Dr. Huston Smith in his preface to Zig Zag Zen. "There can be no turning back from the point that has been reached."
We regard psychedelics (better referred to as "entheogens" that bring out the divine from within) as a sacrament in the American Buddhist experience.

It is one that requires historical recognition, tolerance, and practical reconciliation and integration through the greater development of “Psychedelic Buddhism.”

How to Change Your Mind (Michael Pollan)
What Psychedelic Sangha offers is a safe and supportive spiritual community -- a "refuge" for misfit Buddhists and psychonauts who are searching for like-minded people who equally value both Buddhism and psychedelic science.

Psychedelic Sangha organizes and hosts guided meditations, immersive interdisciplinary experiences, online and in-person study courses on Psychedelic Buddhism, group retreats, psychedelic education, and harm-reduction workshops, public talks, photography and art exhibitions, music performances, film screenings, and more.

All are invited to join public Meetup groups (like Los Angeles) that feature uncommon opportunities to enact Psychedelic Buddhism.

Psychedelic Sangha is very grateful to have the following individuals on its team of Meetup organizers and advisory board members... More

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