Sunday, May 30, 2010

Psychoactive Plants in Tantric Buddhism

Yesterday I also found an interesting article about The Buddhist practices of tantra and the psychoactive plants that they used. According to the article, it wasn't until  recently that we were able to translate some of the ancient texts which were vital in understanding the Buddhist practices, and through those translations reliable information has been found that both Cannabis and Datura have been used along with the tantric practices as common practice. Datura also has its ties with the Buddhist and Hindu gods.
Datura is associated with several Hindu and Buddhist deities. Vämana Puräëa, a pre-modern devotional text dedicated to Vishnu (date unknown), tells that datura sprouted from the chest of the god Çiva.18 Its flowers are sometimes used as ceremonial offerings—a practice that continues to this day in Nepal.

You can read more about the article here

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