In this mind-expanding episode of ULTRACULTURE WITH JASON LOUV, we dive into the fascinating intersection of Buddhism and psychedelics with Lama Mike Crowley, author of a new groundbreaking book on psychedelic Buddhism. Join us as we explore how these two seemingly disparate paths can enrich and enhance each other, leading to profound spiritual experiences and deeper understanding of the self and the universe.
Lama Mike shares his insights on incorporating psychedelics into Buddhist practice, detailing how substances like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms can lead to spontaneous awakening experiences once thought to be exclusive to advanced meditators. We discuss the use of psychedelics encoded in Vedic and Buddhist scriptures, particularly in the Vajrayāna tradition, tracing their role in spiritual exploration from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Together, we delve into the key beliefs of Buddhism, the life of the Buddha, and the practices followed in various yānas or paths. Lama Mike offers guidance on meditation techniques, emphasizing the importance of cultivating the Four Positive Attitudes: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. We also explore Buddhist symbols, ceremonies, deities, and initiations, as well as the role of psychic powers in the Buddhist tradition.
Whether you're a Buddhist looking to integrate psychedelics into your practice or a psychonaut curious about the maps of inner space provided by Buddhism, this episode is an enlightening journey into uncharted territories of consciousness. Discover how ancient Buddhist wisdom can guide your psychedelic experiences, helping you navigate the vast realms of inner space and unlock the secrets of the universe.
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