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Synergetic Symposium and Salon: The Secret Drugs of Buddhism Book Launch October 18th
October 18 @ 6:30 pm - October 19 @ 12:30 am
Synergetic Symposium and Salon:
Friday October 18, 2019
6:30 pm – 12:30 am
Haight Street Art Center: 215 Haight Street, San Francisco
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$30 full event, $45 event + book (25% discount)
Join us for a one-of-a-kind event exploring and celebrating the convergence of psychedelic studies and Buddhism with the launch of Secret Drugs of Buddhism by Mike Crowley.
Hosted by Deborah Parrish Snyder and Michael Gosney at the beautiful Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco, the evening’s experiences include:
• Mantra Meditation led by Mike Crowley
• Panel Discussion: Buddhism and Psychedelics moderated by Erik Davis, with Allan Badiner author of Zig Zag Zen, Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, psychedelic-assisted therapy researcher, and David Presti Prof. of Neurobiology, UC Berkeley• Mike Crowley presentation and book signing
• Live music and dancing with Sound Temple – Stephen Kent and Jeffrey Alphonsos Mooney, Mike Crowley, Divasonic and DJ Goz
• Visionary Art exhibit by Phaneros Gallery
• Cash Bar (by donation) – wine, beer
• Exhibitors: Psychedelic Society of San Francisco, SF Dharma Collective, MAPS
NOTE: this event is limited in capacity and may sell out – sorry no guest lists
About the Book
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 scriptural sources, botany, pharmacology, and religious iconography, this book calls attention to the central role which psychedelics played in Indian religions.
About Mike Crowley
Michael Crowley began studying Buddhism with a Tibetan lama in 1966, becoming an upasaka of the Kagyud lineage in 1970 and learning Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mandarin Chinese. He has lectured at the Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Warsaw, the Jagellonian University, Cracow, The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been published in Fortean Times, Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness, and Culture, Psychedelic American, and Psychedelic Press UK. In January 2016, Mike receved the R. Gordon Wasson Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entheobotany. He currently serves on the advisory board of The Psychedelic Sangha, a group of psychedelically-inclined Buddhists, based in New York, and he teaches at the Dharma Collective in San Francisco.
Erik Davis, author, podcaster, award-winning journalist and popular speaker, will moderate the panel. Erik is the author of TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, a cult classic of visionary media studies. He has contributed chapters on art, music, technoculture, and contemporary spirituality to over a dozen books, including Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics. His latest book, High Weirdness, explores the new counterculture of drugs, esoterica and visionary experience that emerged in the 1970s. He is also co-founder of Psychedelic Sangha in NYC and is organizing the San Francisco Sangha.
Allan Badiner is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and the editor of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics. He also edited the books, Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology, and Mindfulness in the Marketplace. Allan holds an MA from the College of Buddhist Studies in LA and serves on the boards of Rainforest Action Network, Threshold Foundation, and Project CBD.Allan Badiner is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and the editor of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics. He also edited the books, Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology, and Mindfulness in the Marketplace. Allan holds an MA from the College of Buddhist Studies in LA and serves on the boards of Rainforest Action Network, Threshold Foundation, and Project CBD.
Mariavittoria Mangini Ph.D., FNP is a member of faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Program. Her academic interest has been the historiography of psychedelics and she has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries. She has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a Thanatology Program for the study of death and dying.
David Presti Ph.D. is a neurobiologist, psychologist, and cognitive scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1991. Since 2004, He has been teaching neuroscience to Tibetan monks and nuns in India, Bhutan, and Nepal, part of a contemporary dialogue between science and spirituality initiated by the Dalai Lama. His areas of expertise include human neurobiology and neurochemistry, the effects of drugs on the brain and the mind, the clinical treatment of addiction, and the scientific study of mind and consciousness.
Stephen Kent’s musical career has taken him across five continents, living at various times in the UK, Spain, East Africa, Australia and the US. His musical scores, composed for theatre, circus and dance companies, have received international acclaim and his work as a performer and recording artist has established him in the world music scene. As a performer on the Australian Aboriginal Didjeridu he has pioneered its use in contemporary music with a number of musicians, including Airto Moreira (Brasil), Zakir Hussain (India), Habib Koite (Mali), Omar Sosa (Cuba), Leonard Eto (Japan), Choi Jong Sil (Korea), Steve Roach (USA) and many more. Stephen also hosts Music of the World, a weekly show on Pacifica Radio’s KPFA.
Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney is an accomplished musician, ritualist, teacher and performer working in the Bay area for 30 years. He has taught in Australia. Canada, and various parts of the U.S. He is affiliated with the Bay area Wiccan group, Reclaiming.
Divasonic aka LA-based Lynda Arnold is a certified Sound Healer, Vocalist & Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer and seasoned Performer on a life long mission to build healthy communities through the power of sound and music. She offers sound healing workshops, private sound baths and singing for wellness sessions in Los Angeles and has appeared at Shakti Fest, Bhakti Fest, LA Yoga Expo, DisclosureFest, SXSW, Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Emerald Exchange Festival, Burning Man and Lucidity Festival among others.
DJ Goz aka SF-based Michael Gosney has been producing transformational events since the 1980s (Digital Be-In series, Burning Man Community Dance series, underground and above ground gatherings of all kinds). He began playing psy-trance and downtempo grooves in 1998 and that year co-founded Radio-V, an online electronic music portal in partnership with EMusic. Playing West Coast underground/private events and small festivals primarily in the Bay Area, he spins a varied mix of classic and current psy-dub, progressive grooves and tribal trance, always in response to the set and setting.
6:30 doors open
7:30 Mantra Meditation led by Mike Crowley
Refuge • Long Huṁ • Dedication of Merit
8:00 Mike Crowley
8:30 Buddhism and Psychedelics Panel
9:30 break/book signing
9:45 Stephen Kent + Jeffrey Alphonsos Mooney – “Sound Temple”
10:00 Deep Jam with Mike Crowley and others
11:15 DJ Goz
12:15 doors close