DID THE BUDDHISTS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD MAKE USE OF SHAMANIC PLANTS AND PSYCHEDELIC SACRAMENTS IN THEIR SACRED RITUALS AND PRACTICES?
This is the provocative question that Buddhist lama and author, Michael Crowley, explores in his recently re-published book, Secret Drugs of Buddhism: Psychedelic Sacraments and the Origins of the Vajrayāna (Synergetic Press 2019).
Drawing on scriptural sources, botany, pharmacology, and religious iconography, Crowley calls attention to the central role which psychedelics have played in Indian religions and traces their history from the mysterious soma, venerated in the ancient Hindu scriptures, to amrita, the sacramental drink of the Vajrayāna.
Come receive DARSHAN with lama Mike Crowley and Psychedelic Sangha!
We begin our journey with Mike at Lang College, The New School, where the author will give a presentation of his research and answer questions from the audience.
After the talk we will make our way to the nearby Rubin Museum of Art and immerse ourselves in beatific communion with ancient and new visionary artwork.
Its "K2 Friday Nights" -- admission is free and DJ Empress Tygr will be spinning records in the K2 Lounge bar.
Copies of the new 2nd edition of Secret Drugs will be on sale at the New School talk.
Free admission to all New School students, faculty, and staff. Contact us for a discount code.
MICHAEL CROWLEY was born February 26th, 1948 in Cardiff, Wales. He began studying Buddhism with a Tibetan lama in 1966, becoming an upasaka of the Kagyud lineage in 1970. In order to augment his Buddhist studies, he acquainted himself with Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mandarin Chinese. Mike has lectured at the Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been published in Fortean Times, Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness, and Culture, Psychedelic American, and Psychedelic Press UK. In January 2016, Mike received the R. Gordon Wasson Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entheobotany. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Psychedelic Sangha, a group of psychedelically-inclined Buddhists, based in New York and he teaches at the Dharma Collective in San Francisco.