|Is Buddhism about hallucinating, abusing drugs, getting intoxicated? NO way! Wake up.|
|“Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe,” WeHo|
|Abuse of a medicinal plant's CBD, THC|
|I'm freaking out, I can't hang, it's too much!|
- Undertake the training to abstain from taking the lives of living being (killing, harming) or encouraging others to do so;
- undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given (stealing, misappropriating) or encouraging others to do so;
- undertake the training rule to abstain from taking liberties with others (sexual misconduct, sexual intercourse with the ten out-of-bounds persons, sensual abuse, misuse of the senses) or encouraging others to do so;
- undertake the training rule to abstain from taking the truth in vain (perjury, lying, abusive speech, chatter) or encouraging others to do so;
- undertake the training rule to abstain from taking intoxicants (drunkenness, delusion, incapacitation) that occasion heedlessness or encouraging others to do so.
|Sex, drugs, rock 'n roll...or unskillful karma?|
One class of drugs is obtunding -- deadening the senses (like being pelted on the head by rocks or stones), hallucinating, loosening morals, occasioning heedlessness, incapacitating, making us out of our minds, leading us to do what we would not otherwise do, namely, violate the other four precepts.
|My stroke, my drain bramage (Jill Bolte Taylor)|
The other class is sensitizing, mind expanding, insight producing, a category of natural substances called entheogens (what releases the divine within) or "mind-producing" or "soul-creating," which is what "psyche-delic" actually means, widening our consciousness and opening our third eye (pineal gland, ajna chakra). Most of us are not ready for these things, and these substances, too, are susceptible to abuse by some.
But for the most part, people do not use iboga, mushrooms, peyote, harmaline, or ayahuasca recreationally and repeatedly, losing control, falling into addiction. But weed (high THC), beer, alcoholic spirits, amphetamines, and toxins are frequently the subject of abuse, misuse, overuse, and our lives falling apart.
|Pass drugs = be reborn handless 500 times.|
The thought that marijuana is no big deal is a mistake. It can become a big deal and take the place of alcohol, leading us far from enlightenment, freedom, self-control, or realization of the Truth.
- Dharma Meditation Initiative, Thursday free addiction-recovery meeting nights, North Hollywood
- Buddhist 12 Steps (RecoveryDharma.org)
- Addiction (RefugeRecovery.org)