Secret Drugs of Buddhism
The presentation explores the historical evidence for the use of entheogenic plants within the Buddhist tradition. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines (including pharmacology, iconography, botany, and scriptural sources), it points out the central role which psychedelics played in Indian religions, tracing their history from the soma of the Vedic period to amrita, the sacramental drink of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Mike Crowley 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. His work has been published in Fortean Studies, Time & Mind, the Journal of Archeology, Consciousness and Culture, Psychedelic American, and Psychedelic Press UK.