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Jul 14, 2020

Mike 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 Museum of Asia and the Pacific, Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His work has been published in the Fortean Times, Time and Mind:   The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness, and Culture, Psychedelic American, and the Psychedelic Press UK.  In January 2016, Mike received 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 Your and he teaches at the Dharma collective in San Francisco.  

In this episode, we discuss his book The Secret Drugs of Buddhism:  Psychedelic Sacraments and the Origins of the Vajrayana, a second edition of which was recently released.  The book may be ordered by clicking on this link:

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