Psychedelic Sangha Presents:
༄ BACK TO BUDDHA NATURE — A Spring Happening With Garcia Peoples
The harmonic convergence of avant-garde spirituality, art, and music.
An Immersive Multi-Media Spiritual Journey in 3 Sets
Come rediscover your BUDDHA NATURE with spiritual friends—THE PSYCHEDELIC SANGHA—in a bespoke multi-sensory container informed by improvisational rock music by GARCIA PEOPLES, prankster chaos, flower power, and visionary Buddhist ritual and meditation.
Third eye sound installations by Connor Whiriskey.
BACK TO BUDDHA NATURE is a new series of IMMERSIVE HAPPENINGS modeled after the infamous ACID TESTS of Ken Kesey and Merry Pranksters—but with a ROBUST CONTEMPLATIVE COMPONENT.
BACK TO BUDDHA NATURE will feature 3 sets of music, light, historical video footage, and guided moments of highly visionary BUDDHIST meditation. As well as a host of playful activities and fun rituals in between.
"The general tone of things has moved on from the self-conscious happening to a more JUBILANT occasion where the AUDIENCE PARTICIPATES because it’s more fun to do so than not. maybe this is the ROCK REVOLUTION. audience DANCING is an assumed part of all the shows, & the audience is invited to wear ECSTATIC DRESS & bring their own GADGETS (a.c. outlets will be provided)."
– Flier for The Trips Festival 1966
"Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed."
– Terence McKenna
"The union of wisdom and emptiness is the essence of Buddha-hood or what is called Buddha-nature (Skt. Tathagata-garbha) because it contains the very seed, the potential of Buddhahood. It resides in each and every being and because of this essential nature, this heart nature, there is the possibility of reaching Buddhahood."
– Thrangu Rinpoche
"Those who have completed an extensive retreat of Vajrasattva purification testify from their own experience that their perception of the phenomenal world undergoes a profound change. It is not that the world itself has been transformed but that the meditator’s view of it has been purified. It is as if the doors of perception have been opened wider and subtly obscuring curtains have been drawn back from the windows of the mind. Beings and phenomena take on a pure appearance—a reflection of the practitioner’s own newly revealed purity—and the gravitational field keeping us anchored in ordinary mundane reality is relaxed. Although this exhilarating vision of a world filled with infinite possibilities may fade, it provides a great incentive for pursuing the higher practices and a conviction that full enlightenment, though still a distant goal, is actually attainable."
– From Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice