What we're about

Sangha संघ (saṃgha) is Sanskrit for “spiritual community.” Psychedelic Sangha offers a safe and supportive spiritual community with a commitment to discernment, practice, and play.

We provide refuge to those who value the integration of Indic-based yoga and meditation with psychedelic exploration. Our public mission is to organize and host spiritual trips—immersive experiences that facilitate the encounter of psychedelics and meditation in a spirit of critical dialogue, ethics, community-building, and navigational group practice.

We are not allied with any particular teacher, school, or cultural tradition.

We identify and draw inspiration from the spiritual pluralism of the so called heterodox shramana श्रमण or “misfit seeker” countercultural movement that originated in ancient India and includes both Buddhists and unorthodox Hindus, as well as Jains, Ājīvikas (“fatalists”), Ajñanas (“skeptics”), and Cārvākas (“materialists).”

While individual shramana traditions differ on issues of doctrine and method, Shramanism advances a common value system that rejects religious dogma and instead privileges first-person experience and an individual’s right to experiment with their own consciousness on the path to liberation and enlightenment, what nowadays we refer to as cognitive liberty.

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DARSHAN 9: Secret Drugs of Buddhism with Mike Crowley

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School

This event features a talk at the NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY by MIKE CROWLEY, followed by a field trip to THE RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART. DID THE BUDDHISTS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD MAKE USE OF SHAMANIC PLANTS AND PSYCHEDELIC SACRAMENTS IN THEIR SACRED RITUALS AND PRACTICES? This is the provocative question that Buddhist lama and author, Michael Crowley, explores in his recently re-published book, Secret Drugs of Buddhism: Psychedelic Sacraments and the Origins of the Vajrayāna (Synergetic Press 2019). Drawing on scriptural sources, botany, pharmacology, and religious iconography, Crowley calls attention to the central role which psychedelics have played in Indian religions and traces their history from the mysterious soma, venerated in the ancient Hindu scriptures, to amrita, the sacramental drink of the Vajrayāna. Come receive DARSHAN with lama Mike Crowley and Psychedelic Sangha! We begin our journey with Mike at Lang College, The New School, where the author will give a presentation of his research and answer questions from the audience. After the talk we will make our way to the nearby Rubin Museum of Art and immerse ourselves in beatific communion with ancient and new visionary artwork. Its "K2 Friday Nights" -- admission is free and DJ Empress Tygr will be spinning records in the K2 Lounge bar. Copies of the new 2nd edition of Secret Drugs will be on sale at the New School. PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/darshan-9-secret-drugs-of-buddhism-with-mike-crowley-tickets-72142212299 --------------------------- MICHAEL CROWLEY was born February 26th, 1948 in Cardiff, Wales. He began studying Buddhism with a Tibetan lama in 1966, becoming an upasaka of the Kagyud lineage in 1970. In order to augment his Buddhist studies, he acquainted himself with Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mandarin Chinese. Mike has lectured at the Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been published in Fortean Times, Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness, and Culture, Psychedelic American, and Psychedelic Press UK. In January 2016, Mike received the R. Gordon Wasson Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entheobotany. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Psychedelic Sangha, a group of psychedelically-inclined Buddhists, based in New York and he teaches at the Dharma Collective in San Francisco.

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