The Intersection of Psychedelics and Buddhism: A Talk by Allan Badiner

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Come join us Saturday, Nov. 17th for a talk by Allan Badiner. Mr. Badiner is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and the editor of the New Edition of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics (Synergetic Press). He also edited the books, Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology and Mindfulness in the Marketplace (Parallax Press) and his written work appears in other books including Dharma Family Treasures, Meeting the Buddha, Ecological Responsibility: A Dialogue with Buddhism, and The Buddha and the Terrorist. Allan holds a masters degree from the College of Buddhist Studies in LA and serves on the boards of Rainforest Action Network, and Project CBD.

Allan did not come to Buddhism following the use of psychedelics, which has been the more common approach. It was a Buddhist meditation experience that opened him to his intimate connection with the living systems of the Earth. This realization was a peak experience, and likened to a “stream entering experience by ”Ven. Havanpola Ratanasara, Allan’s Buddhist teacher from Sri Lanka. It was his effort to re-activate that Earth consciousness that led him to seeking a renewed experience with psychedelics. Alan observed that, without exception, every American Buddhist that he invited to be in the book had a psychedelic interlude before they started practicing Buddhism.

He feels that his passion for the potential of psychedelics as both a healing experience and an awakening to higher consciousness needs to be seen in an ecological context. When we remember we are an intimate part of the Earth, our commitment to treat her with great care and respect is strengthened. Several renowned psychedelic luminaries have commented on the role psychedelics can play in preserving life on Earth. As Albert Hoffman, the scientist behind the discovery of LSD said just before he died, "Alienation from nature and the loss of the experience of being part of the living creation is the greatest tragedy of our materialistic era. It is the causative reason for ecological devastation and climate change.” Stanislav Grof, foremost LSD researcher, believes that "psychedelic substances, properly used, are probably the only thing that could reverse the suicidal course of western industrialized civilization."

This event will be a ticketed event, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please follow this link to purchase tickets.

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