Zig Zag Zen
Buddhism and Psychedelics
Allan Hunt Badiner
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Chronicle Books LLC
FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by Myron Stolaroff, 2007 Mar 03
In the recent book Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, a number of the contributors have recognized the value of psychedelics and have pointed out ways in which they can be helpful and of value. While many of the presentations provide deeper understanding of the value and benefits of employing psychedelics, my own experience indicates that there remains room for further understanding and clarification that can provide more effective results. In fact, in some instances it is reported that states are reached when psychedelics are no longer indicated. While in my paper cited above I point out that such a stage can and should be reached, in some of the situations reported the full potential of psychedelics has not been recognized. Very often the desire to abandon further psychedelic exploration is the result of reaching heavily defended areas in the psyche which are quite painful, yet which when resolved result in enormous gains in profound understanding and well being. In other situations, important attributes and methods of enhanced achievement have not be recognized. . . . (more)
- Review by free agent .rez, 2005 Jul 05
Zig Zag Zen explores the intricate relationship between Buddhism and psychedelics in the West. There are several ways to approach reviewing a book like Zig Zag Zen, because books affect people for different reasons at different points in their lives. There was a time when I would have read this book as a metaprogrammer, experimenting with psychedelics and . . . (more)
BACK COVER #Buddhism and psychedelic exploration share a common concern: the liberation of the mind. Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics is a landmark anthology that launches the first serious inquiry into the moral, ethical, docrinal, and transcendental considerations of the intersection of Buddhism and psychedelics. Through numerous essays and interviews by such luminaries as Joan Halifax Roshi, Peter Matthiessen, Jack Kornfield, as well as visionary art by Odilon Redon, Mark Rothko, Alex Grey, and more, Zig Zag Zen is a provocative and thoughtful exploration of inner states and personal transformation.
BLURBS #"Zig Zag Zen is a treasure trove--inspiring, frightening, powerful, funny, eye-opening, and a source of great wisdom on a subject that our society finds endlessly confusing."
-- Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, and Going on Being
"Zig Zag Zen shines by its fairness: its authors squarely face the Zig as well as the Zag. That's Zen at its best."
-- David Steindl-Rast, OSB, author of Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer
"Zig Zag Zen is a must read for anyone who is concerned about the future of Buddhist practice."
-- Tenzin Bob Thurman, chair of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University
"Zig Zag Zen touches all the high points . . . it is an important book."
-- Laura Huxley, founder of Children: Our Ultimate Investment
"The first work of its kind, Zig Zag Zen challenges Western Buddhists to acknowledge their closeted psychedelic legacies, while confronting users with the troubling duality undermining any chemically dependent spiritual path."
-- Douglas Rushkoff, author of Ecstasy Club, Playing the Future, and Coercion.