G a n a c h a k r a

Happenings

“Back to Buddha Nature” with Garcia Peoples. May 17, 2019.

“Back to Buddha Nature” with Garcia Peoples. May 17, 2019.

 

“So popular was Śiva that he was imported several times into Vajrayāna Buddhism under several different names. No doubt this was due to the identification of Śiva with psilocybe cubensis and the crucial role this [psychedelic] mushroom played in the early tantric circles who held their rites in cemeteries. That these groups were non-denominational is attested by the fact their most prominent gurus are considered Hindu by Hindu tantrists and Buddhist by their Buddhist counterparts. As these informal gatherings crystallized into the highly formalized tantric Buddhism known as Vajrayāna, Śiva, the holy mushroom, was smuggled in, albeit under an assumed name.”

—Mike Crowley, The Secret Drugs of Buddhism: Psychedelic Sacraments and the Origins of the Vajrayãna

 

A Ganachakra (गणचक्र), or Tsoks kyi ‘khor lo (ཚོགས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ་), is a sacramental Vajrayana feast that variously includes dancing, music, offerings of the senses, mantra recitation, ritual, meditation, and the consumption of amrita (अमृत).

Amrita is the elixir of immortality.

Ganachakra Happenings can occur on the new and full moons. Ours are informed by our psychedelic roots in both Vajrayana Buddhism as well as our own homegrown beat-hippie spiritual tradition here in North America.

BACK TO BUDDHA NATURE was the title for our May Happening at Magick City in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For this event Psychedelic Sangha joined forces with prankster artists Bubba Ayoub (United Brotherhood of Psychedelic Lightshow Operators Local 420), Jesse Jarnow (author, WFMU DJ, and Disorganizer of Prankster Chaos and Chance Operations), Connor Whiriskey (Sound Installations) Jesse DeRosa (Taper’s Pit) Teddy Gage (Motion Graphics), and house band the Garcia Peoples. Together we facilitated a spiritual journey in 3 sets: Departure, Transformation, and Return.

Psychedelic Sangha aims to create safe, communal space for spiritual enlightenment. We do not provide access to or distribute illegal drugs.