As psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies march towards likely legality for therapeutic purposes, we may ask how Buddhism and psychedelics intersect. In this episode, Kerry Helston explores some challenges and opportunities as well as the existing legacy of Buddhism and psychedelics in the West, with reference to current science and academic literature as well as personal experiences.
Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America by Douglas Osto
LSD and the Mind of the Universe by Christopher M. Bache
Secret Drugs of Buddhism: Psychedelic Sacraments and the Origins of the Vajrayana by Mike Crowley
“Characterization and prediction of acute and sustained response to psychedelic psilocybin in a mindfulness group retreat”
“Psychedelics, Meditation, and Self-Consciousness”
Chacruna Religion & Psychedelics Forum
Kerry Helston is a University of Toronto graduate student in psychotherapy and spiritual care. The Footnotes series is produced at the University of Toronto, in Canada. See more at https://buddhist-studies-footnotes.castos.com/.
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