Secret Drugs of Buddhism by Mike Crowley
Secret Drugs of Buddhism is the first book to explore 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), this book calls attention to 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.
In particular, Secret Drugs of Buddhism aims to identify the ingredients of the original, psychedelic form of amrita. In doing so, this book presents evidence from many countries in which the Vajrayana movement flourished, including Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal and Japan but special attention is given to India, the land of its origin.
In addition to 12 color plates there are 114 black-and-white line illustrations throughout the text.
Author: 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. Mike has lectured at the Jagellonian University, Cracow, the Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Warsaw, the California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been published in Fortean Studies, Time & Mind, the Journal of Archeology, Consciousness and Culture, Psychedelic American, and Psychedelic Press UK.