What we're about

Psychedelic Sangha (http://psychedelicsangha.org) is a spiritual community of Buddhists who share a commitment to the dharma and a belief in the value of psychedelic substances. Our public mission is to organize and host spiritual “trips” (https://psychedelicsangha.org/what-are-trips)—immersive contemplative experiences—that facilitate the encounter of psychedelics and the dharma in a spirit of critical dialogue, community-building, and navigational group practice.

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."

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DARSHAN 5: Prospect Park

10 Grand Army Plaza

Join Psychedelic Sangha for a GUIDED MEDITATION and walking EXPLORATION of Brooklyn's PROSPECT PARK. Darshan दर्शन is Sanskrit for “beatific vision.” It is a numinous experience of the senses that transcends visual form and touches the sublime. Darshan is a spiritual engagement with art, nature, and teachers. Darshan is traditionally “received” in the company of spiritual friends—a sangha (“spiritual community”). Come receive DARSHAN with Psychedelic Sangha! We'll explore the mandala of Prospect Park, and retrace the path that we took with ERIK DAVIS. Along the way we'll do some psychedelic meditation and connect with spiritual friends. We'll convene on the steps of the BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY (10 Grand Army Plaza) before journeying into PROSPECT PARK. Should the weather prevent a gathering outside, we will simply move indoors to the same nearby Psychedelic Sangha residence. Tickets available via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/darshan-5-prospect-park-tickets-65269245069

GATHERING: Psychedelic Integration & Harm Reduction with Katherine MacLean

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gathering-psychedelic-integration-harm-reduction-with-katherine-maclean-tickets-66218040943 Have you had a powerful psychedelic/entheogenic experience? Are you looking for a safe space to process your insights? GATHERINGS is a community-led peer integration circle with a commitment to inquiry and harm reduction. A psychedelic/entheogenic experience can be beautiful, but also harrowing and confusing. Having a safe place and access to a community who understand this experience can be hugely beneficial. GATHERINGS are where individuals come to safely share their psychedelic experience and knowledge with the support of a trained facilitator and compassionate spiritual community. Psychedelic Sangha and The New York Psychedelic Society have joined forces to launch a series of GATHERINGS dedicated entirely to psychedelic integration and harm reduction education. Our aim is to cultivate a community-led peer integration circle that is non-hierarchical, non-judgmental, accessible, diverse, and educational. And we are committed to providing opportunities to learn the principles of harm reduction. Dr. Katherine MacLean is our facilitator-in-residence who will spearhead the first three GATHERINGS that will take place in the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church starting August 1st, and then meeting monthly thereafter on a regular schedule. ______________ Katherine MacLean, PhD is a research scientist with expertise in studying the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychedelics. At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she conducted legal clinical trials of psilocybin, the primary chemical found in "magic mushrooms”. In 2015, she co-founded and was the first director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program in New York, where she led training workshops and monthly integration groups focused on increasing awareness and reducing risks of psychedelic use. She's helped to bring medical and humanitarian aid to remote Himalayan villages, as well as create sanctuary spaces for psychedelic support at large outdoor festivals.

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