Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics (New Edition)


More than ever, people are in pursuit of greater fulfillment in their lives, seeking a deeper spiritual truth and strategies for liberation from suffering. Both Buddhism and psychedelics are inevitable subjects encountered on the journey to wisdom. Examined together, the reader may understand more deeply the essence of each. Edited by Tricycle contributing editor Allan Badiner and with art edited by renowned visionary artist Alex Grey, Zig Zag Zen features a foreword by Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor, a preface by religion historian Huston Smith, and numerous essays, interviews, and art, that lie outside the scope of mainstream anthologies.


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“This insightful, uplifting compendium will open hearts and minds and enliven your spirit.”
— Martin A Lee, author of Acid Dreams and Smoke Signals

“A must read for anyone who is concerned about the future of Buddhist practice.”
— Robert Thurman

“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

“This is an intellectually refreshing book in that it tackles profound religious questions and spiritual ideas in a serious, even eloquent way.”
— Salon.com

“An extraordinary ride and guide down the corridors of the mystical psychedelic inward journey that will be of great interest and value to any serious explorer of spiritual insight. The zigzag is not for the straight and narrow.”
— Ganga White, Author, Yoga Beyond Belief, founder White Lotus Foundation

“Psychedelics opened my Doors of Perception, and Zen Buddhism has helped to keep them open.”
— John Densmore, author of New York Times bestseller Riders on the Storm and The Doors: Unhinged

“I found Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics to be one of the most fascinating books I have ever read.”
— Ira Israel, Contributing Writer, Huffington Post and Licensed Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Mindful Living Expert


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The only book of its kind that offers a conversation about Buddhist practice and the psychedelic spiritual experience.

This new edition contains expanded material with new art by additional artists, new essays, and interviews.

Edited by ALLAN BADINER. Art Editor ALEX GREY.

This new edition of the classic work on Buddhism and psychedelics includes a discussion and new essays on ayahuasca’s unique influence on Zen Buddhism, a recent interview with Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Ralph Metzner’s new look at the “Psychedelic Tibetan Book of the Dead,” and a public dialogue on mixing dharma and psychedelics with James Fadiman and Zen monk, Kokyo Henkel. The new edition of Zig Zag Zen is packed with enlightening entries offering eye-opening insights into alternate methods of inner exploration.

Zig Zag Zen also contains an expanded display of stunning visionary artwork including new pieces from Alex Grey (who curated all of the art for the book), Android Jones, Sukhi Barber, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Amanda Sage, as well as the work renowned modernists Robert Venosa, Mark Rothko, Robert Beer, Francesco Clemente, and others.

VICE Article – Interview with Alan Badiner by Daniel Pinchbeck

Radio Cafe Interview

by Allan Badiner and Dr. Rick Strassman on May 21, 2015, With Host Mary Charlotte

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