What we're about
Are you a Psychonaut looking for a complimentary meditation practice? A way to integrate and expand your psychedelic experience through the contemplative and philosophical tools of Buddhism?
Or maybe you’re a Buddhist who found the Dharma through the “paisley gate” and value the spiritual efficacy of psychedelics?
Our mission is to facilitate unorthodox community—a "space of difference" for both Buddhists and Psychonauts alike.
We are a spiritual collective of Buddhist-Psychonauts who share a commitment to traditional Buddhist ideas and practices, but also the non-traditional psychonautical belief that psychedelic substances like psilocybin (or “magic mushrooms”), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, also known as “acid”), mescaline, ayahuasca, N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and Cannabis can help facilitate bonafide spiritual insight and mystical experience.
Plant based psychedelics have played a well known role in many indigenous cultures—including the Indo-Aryans of ancient India during the Vedic period (1500-500 BCE). Whether such substances ever permeated Indian Buddhist circles is a provocative and intriguing question that could have important legal implications on Buddhists groups who use psychedelics for religious purposes.
What is not in question is the integral role that psychedelics have played in the indigenous cultural history of American Buddhism.
"Entheogens have entered Buddhism to stay," writes Dr. Huston Smith in his Preface to Zig Zag Zen, "there can be no turning back from the point that has been reached.
We regard psychedelics (or "entheogens") as a sacrament in the American Buddhist experience. One that requires not just historical recognition and tolerance, but practical reconciliation and integration through the greater development of “Psychedelic Buddhism.”
What we offer is a safe and supportive spiritual community—a refuge for misfit Buddhists and psychonauts who are searching for like-minded people who equally value both Buddhism and psychedelic science.
If you live in New York City, we invite you to join our public Meetup group that features uncommon opportunities to enact Psychedelic Buddhism.
We organize and host guided meditations, immersive interdisciplinary experiences, online and in-person study courses on Psychedelic Buddhism, group retreats, psychedelic education and harm reduction workshops, public talks, photography and art exhibitions, music performances, film screenings, and more.
Please consider subscribing to our newsletter, Psychedelic Sangha, to find out about our events and what else is happening within the larger movement of Psychedelic Buddhism.