Psychedelic Sangha
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Logo design by  Dr. 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.

Logo design by Dr. 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.

“Human Prayer Wheel,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Human Prayer Wheel,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Prostrate-In,”  FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Prostrate-In,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Samsara is Over,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Samsara is Over,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Cellphone Mandala Offering,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Cellphone Mandala Offering,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

Mission

The Psychedelic Sangha is a spiritual collective of Buddhist psychonauts who share a commitment to the dharma and a belief in the value of psychedelic substances. Our public mission is to facilitate the encounter of psychedelics and the dharma in a spirit of critical dialogue, community-building, and navigational group practice. We organize and host meet-up Gatherings, immersive Happenings, public talks, group retreats, music performances, film screenings, and more. We are not allied with any particular tradition or school.

Psychedelic Sangha offers a safe and supportive spiritual community with a commitment to discernment, practice, and play. We offer a refuge for misfit Buddhists and psychonauts who value both dharma practice and psychedelic exploration, but are willing to interrogate them both along the path towards greater insight and engaged action.

We recognize that some contemporary Buddhists insist that psychedelics are intoxicants that have nothing to do with the dharma. Though plant-based psychedelics have played a role in many ancient and indigenous cultures—including the Indo-Aryans during the Vedic period (1500-500 BCE)—we cannot know for certain what role such substances played in Asian Buddhist traditions. But such influence remains a provocative possibility—one that could have important legal implications for contemporary Buddhist groups. 

What we do know for sure is that psychedelics both helped catalyze and sustain American and Western Buddhism. This "heresy" is part of the American stream. As Dr. Huston Smith wrote in his preface to the book Zig Zag Zen: "Entheogens have entered Buddhism to stay; there can be no turning back from the point that has been reached." 

“Love Farts,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

“Love Farts,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, 2018.

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