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Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America
In the 1960s, Americans combined psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to achieve direct experience through altered states of consciousness. As some practitioners became more committed to Buddhism, they abandoned the use of psychedelics in favor of stricter mental discipline, but others carried on with the experiment, advancing a fascinating alchemy called psychedelic Budd ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Columbia University Press
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I found this book to be very well organized and it maintained a good sense of objectivity regarding such a subjective topic. Osto seemed to approach the subject from every possible angle, with several references reflecting the various schools of thought. With the inclusion of his own research study and interviews, good congruency is achieved. From the Buddhism and psychedelic revolutions in America to where we are now, the history and ideas are presented so fluidly. I read this book as part of a ...more