“Prostrate-In,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, The Rubin Museum of Art, 2018.
DARSHAN 2 @ The Rubin Museum of Art, 2019.
“Human Prayer Wheel,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, The Rubin Museum of Art, 2018.
“Cellphone Mandala Offering,” FluxBuddha Immersive Happening, The Rubin Museum of Art, 2018.
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 dharma talks, practicums, immersive happenings, group retreats, music performances, film screenings, and more (see events).
Psychedelic Sangha offers a safe and supportive spiritual community with a commitment to discernment, practice, and play. We are not allied with any particular tradition or school. We provide 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."