"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

At the Intersection: Psychedelics and the Buddhist Path
Allan Badiner, Alex and Allyson Grey
Saturday, May 20, 1:30pm - 4:30pm (4:30pm - 5:30pm book signing)
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code ZZ1B17.
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Jack Kornfield will welcome guests and provide an introduction to the program before introducing the afternoon's speakers who will lead us on an exploration of the intersection of psychedelics and the Buddhist path. As author Allan Badiner says, we will be zigging when others zag as we explore contrarian views on Psychedelics and Dharma asking the question of whether psychedelics play a continuing role on the Buddhist path. This event is a celebration of the new edition of "Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics" Edited by Allan Badiner and Alex Grey for Synergetic Press. The afternoon will consist of readings, reports of current research, a roundtable discussion and audience participation. Guest speakers will address such topics such as psychedelic medicine, philosophical & existential exploration, current findings of the scientific community as well as a more nuanced and slightly critical view of the place of psychedelics in healing the mind from suffering. Special guests will include: Jack Kornfield, Stanislav Grof, Rick Doblin, Ralph Metzner, Aurianna Joy, Don Lattin, James Fadiman, Erik Davis, Alex and Allyson Grey, Michael Stone and more.

This event is being offered as a full benefit for Spirit Rock.

Allan Badiner is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and the editor of the New Edition of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics (Synergetic Press). He also edited the books, "Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology," and "Mindfulness in the Marketplace" (Parallax Press). His written work appears in other books including" Dharma Family Treasures", Meeting the Buddha, Ecological Responsibility: A Dialogue with Buddhism, and The Buddha and the Terrorist. Allan holds a Masters from the College of Buddhist Studies in LA and serves on the boards of Rainforest Action Network, and Project CBD.

Alex and Allyson Grey are artists whose works cover a diverse variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, visionary art, performance art, and installation art. Alex specializes in spiritual and visionary art for which he is famous all over the world. After studying fine arts in college Alex went to medical school where he spent five years in the anatomy department preparing cadavers for dissection; his anatomical training greatly influenced his paintings. He was also greatly interested in existentialism and experimented with drugs in order to induce mystical experiences. He is famous for his 'x-ray' style of painting and his works of art often present the stages of developing psyche. He has the unique skill of portraying clairvoyant visions and psychedelic themes in his works. His works explore the physical, metaphysical and spiritual anatomy of the human life experiences in a blend of visionary and postmodern art. His partner Allyson is a painter and social sculptor. With an MFA from Tufts University, Allyson Grey has long been an art educator, arts organizer and muse to artists worldwide. Since art school in 1975, Allyson has collaborated and shared a studio with the artist, Alex Grey. The Grey's co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, (CoSM), a spiritual retreat center for artists outside of New York City. As long-time advocates of "cognitive liberty," a growing international "sacramental culture" has embraced the Grey's as mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm.

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