Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Buddhism and Psychedelics

Information on Buddhism and Psychedelics from hopkinsmeditation.com, presumably associated with the Johns Hopkins psilocybin research.

A list of links to various Buddhists (Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, etc.) and Buddhist-friendly psychonauts talking about the intersection of psychedelics and spirituality.  I think my favorite was the long piece by Myron Stolaroff, "Are psychedelics useful in the practice of Buddhism?"  Stolaroff also wrote "The Secret Chief Revealed" which I linked to at the end of the post on Psychedelic Trip Guides.  I keep meaning to do a trip guide myself, I think I'd better do it before I get too far away from it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Katherine MacLean at BG Conference

A fair amount of the 2014 Buddhist Geeks conference is available on LiveStream, I'm not entirely sure you can get to these links without registering, but we'll see.

Johns Hopkins researcher Katherine MacLean said a few things about psychedelics, I believe that link puts you right in front of that video on the page.  She speaks for about the first 20 minutes.

A lot of familiar stuff.  I was reminded of the TLO advice:  Trust, Let Go, Be Open.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Your Brain on Psilocybin

Your Brain on Psilocybin, a nice little article by researcher Robin Carhart-Harris.
Evidence from this study, and also preliminary data from an ongoing brain imaging study with LSD, appears to support the principle that the psychedelic state rests on disorganized activity in the ego system permitting disinhibited activity in the emotion system. And such an effect may explain why psychedelics have been considered useful facilitators of certain forms of psychotherapy.
 Drops the ego, enhances access to emotional material.