By Douglas Osto
Altered States combines interviews with famous figures in American Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality--including Lama Surya Das, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei, Rick Strassman, Charles Tart, and Erik Davis--and own tales of daily practitioners to outline a especially American spiritual phenomenon. The nuanced point of view that emerges, grounded in a close background of psychedelic non secular event, provides severe intensity to debates over the managed use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The publication additionally opens new paths of inquiry into such concerns as re-enchantment, the bounds of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial foundation of altered states of recognition, and the character of subjectivity.
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Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America by Douglas Osto