How do we express and characterize the relationship between psychedelics and Dharma practice?
The psychedelic philosopher and mushroom advocate Terence McKenna sometimes seriously and sometimes playfully predicted that a transformative event for planetary consciousness would happen on December 21, 2012. In Spring 1999, not long before his untimely passing, McKenna discussed his pathbreaking ideas with Erik Davis for this now-legendary article for Wired.
In contrast to many Euro-American aya fans, who fetishize the otherness of the Amazonian shaman, Beyer does not characterize the Amazon's techniques of religious ecstasy as archaic residues free from any contamination from today's globalized world. The culture of ayahuasca is both stronger and weaker than that.
Every summer, tens of thousands of participants descend upon dozens of festivals and gatherings, great and small, that occur on the West Coast of North America: Shambhala, Oracle, Moontribe, Lightning in a Bottle. The first thing you learn about the festival is: to get there, you must leave here. You must cross a threshold.
What is it like to take a drug before it is "a drug"? In the late eighteenth century, members of the Pneumatic Institution, an outpost of British medical exploration, pursued the nature of consciousness by sucking down bags of nitrous oxide and concluded that "Nothing exists but thoughts!"