|While Buddhism and psychedelic experimentation share a common concerm, the liberation of the mind, Zig Zag Zen is both a celebration, and a cautionary tale.
With a foreword by renowned Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor and a preface by historian of religion Huston Smith, along with numerous essays and interviews, Zig Zag Zen is a provocative and thoughtful exploration of altered states of consciousness and the potential for transformation.
Accompanying each essay is a work of visionary art selected by artist Alex Grey, such as a vividly graphic work by Robert Venosa, a contemporary thangka painting by Robert Beer, and an exercise in emptiness in the form of an enso by a 17th-century Zen abbot.
Packed with enlightening entries and art that lie outside the scope of mainstream anthologies, Zig Zag Zen offers eye-opening insights into alternate methods of inner exploration.
... a treasure trove inspiring, frightening, powerful, funny, eye-opening, and a source of great wisdom on a subject that our society finds endlessly confusing.
... shines by its fairness: its authors squarely face the Zig as well as the Zag. That's Zen at its best.
... a must read for anyone who is concerned about the future of Buddhist practice.
... touches all the high points... it is an important book.
... challenges Western Buddhists to acknowledge their closeted psychedelic legacies, while confronting users with the troubling duality undermining any chemically dependent spiritual path.
|Edited by Allan Hunt Badiner
Images Edited by Alex Grey
Foreword by Stephen Batchelor
Preface by Huston Smith
Introduction by Allan Hunt Badiner
30 color photographs and images -- 240 pages
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