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Psychedelic Sangha
A Space of Difference for Buddhists & Psychonauts
Design by  Mike Crowley .  The image at the center of the Dharmachakra (dharma wheel) is taken from the Chojo Mandara Scroll, a Japanese work from the 9th century. It said to be a parasol and is the "ayutana" (symbolic form) of Ganapati, as used in a "citta mandala". In Sanskrit, however, the word "chattra" means both parasol and mushroom. Crowley contends that this is intended to be a visual pun. Based on the prominent umbo (the bump on some mushroom caps), Crowley believes that this represents Psilocybe liniformans, a potently psychedelic mushroom found in Japan and Northern China.

Design by Mike Crowley.

The image at the center of the Dharmachakra (dharma wheel) is taken from the Chojo Mandara Scroll, a Japanese work from the 9th century. It said to be a parasol and is the "ayutana" (symbolic form) of Ganapati, as used in a "citta mandala". In Sanskrit, however, the word "chattra" means both parasol and mushroom. Crowley contends that this is intended to be a visual pun. Based on the prominent umbo (the bump on some mushroom caps), Crowley believes that this represents Psilocybe liniformans, a potently psychedelic mushroom found in Japan and Northern China.

 

“Our mission is to facilitate community—a "space of difference" for both Buddhists and Psychonauts alike.”

 
Human Prayer Wheel  by FluxBuddha, 2018.

Human Prayer Wheel by FluxBuddha, 2018.

 

"Entheogens have entered Buddhism to stay; there can be no turning back from the point that has been reached."                 

-Huston Smith Ph. D. 

 
Prostrate-In  by FluxBuddha, 2018.

Prostrate-In by FluxBuddha, 2018.

 

“What we offer is a safe and supportive spiritual community—a refuge for people who equally value both Buddhism and psychedelic science.”

 

About

Are you a Psychonaut looking for a complementary meditation practice? A way to integrate and expand your psychedelic experience through the contemplative and philosophical tools of Buddhism?

Or maybe you’re a Buddhist who found the Dharma through the “paisley gate” and value the spiritual efficacy of psychedelics?

Our mission is to facilitate community—a "space of difference" for both Buddhists and Psychonauts alike.

We are a spiritual collective of Buddhist-Psychonauts who share a commitment to Buddhism and believe that psychedelic substances like psilocybin (or “magic mushrooms”) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, also known as “acid”) can help facilitate religious or mystical experience.

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

"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 (or "entheogens") as a sacrament in the American Buddhist experience. One that requires not just historical recognition and tolerance, but practical reconciliation and integration through the greater development of “Psychedelic Buddhism.”

What we offer 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.

We organize and host 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.

We invite you to join one of our public Meetup groups that features uncommon opportunities to enact Psychedelic Buddhism.

Psychedelic Sangha is very grateful to have the following individuals on our team of Meetup Organizers and Advisory Board.

Meetup Founders & Organizers

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Christopher “Doc” Kelley is the founder and co-organizer of Psychedelic sangha NYC. He received a PhD in Religion from Columbia University where he studied Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with Robert A. F. Thurman. He is a part-time associate professor in religious studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School University.

Erik Davis is the founder and co-organizer of psychedelic sangha sf. He is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist. He is also a popular speaker based in San Francisco and the organizer of the psychedelic sangha chapter there. His forthcoming is High Weirdness: Drugs, Visions, and Esoterica in the Seventies.

Kilian Ganly is the co-organizer of psychedelic sangha nyc. he is a native New Yorker from the Bronx, has been an actor, businessman, landscape designer, and teacher. He has been a student of Buddhism since 1974. He lives in Chelsea and is a veteran.

 
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Ethan Covey is the co-organizer of psychedelic sangha nyc. he is a Vermont-born, New York City-based artist focused on ecstatic analog photography. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two dogs.

 

Advisory Board

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Kim Hewitt is an Associate Professor of American History and Culture at SUNY Empire State College. Her areas of focus include postwar American culture, body studies, consciousness studies, psychiatric history, and drug policy.

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Mike Crowley is an author, translator, and lecturer based in the U.K. His book, Secret Drugs of Buddhism, explores the historical evidence for the use of entheogenic plants within the Buddhist tradition.

Katherine MacLean is a research scientist with expertise in studying the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychedelics.

Sara Gael is the Director of Harm Reduction at Zendo Project. She received her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University. Sara is also sub-investigator in the MAPS clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in Boulder, CO.

Douglas Osto is senior lecturer in the philosophy and Asian studies programs at Massey University, NZ. And is the author of Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America.

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John Potts has trained and studied in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism since 1986, been a Junior Research fellow at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, and worked over the years in Affective Neuroscience, Sleep and Cognitive Neuroscience, and Group Organizational Behavior, as in R.A in psychology labs as Harvard University.

Allan Badiner is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and the editor of the New Edition of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics (Synergetic Press).

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