CrawfordHollow wrote: I was trying to get to the bottom of this idea that marijuana could somehow be benefitial to one's meditation. The whole idea that drugs contain wisdom I think is absurd. I realize that they are somewhat of a tool, so the harm lies in how they are used and not within the tool itself. But like, guns, I think drugs are a tool that we could be without.
Matt J wrote:Buddhist practice, as I have learned on my own and from my teachers, requires clarity. As one requires a clean lens to see, only a clear, sober mind can properly investigate the world and gain insight. Drugs and alcohol, in my experience, agitate and cloud the mind.
CrawfordHollow wrote:I am not so sure that you can bring intoxicants onto the path of Dharma, when the heart of the Buddhist teaching is about accepting things as they are without grasping at them.
CrawfordHollow wrote:It seems if you are deliberately altering your state of consiousness with an outside substance then you are creating more grasping and dualism
CrawfordHollow wrote:In Dzogchen practice you settle into the view of your Natural State and let everything be self-liberated into that. You let things be as they are, so how could you possibly practice this while intoxicating yourself with chemicals?
CrawfordHollow wrote:So I ask again, how can marijuana be used to enhance one's "potential and creativity" on the Buddhist path?
Tiger wrote:Anything that attacks your central nervous system or mind is not an advisable to be consumed by any human being.
How are drunkards viewed in your country/culture?
Tiger wrote: Now consider that drugs are far more potent than alcohol, far more addictive, and do far more damage to the mental health.
I don't know what you mean by Dharma path. If you want to achieve realization from using Marijuana, then it may be not possible. If Buddhist teaching is about accepting things, why do you reject them?
catmoon wrote:I don't know what you mean by Dharma path. If you want to achieve realization from using Marijuana, then it may be not possible. If Buddhist teaching is about accepting things, why do you reject them?
That's a mighty big "if". If Buddhism is simply about accepting things then every renunciate is off the path for starters.
Longchenpa wrote:When you enter this pure path,
Unsuitable things which otherwise would be eliminated-
Even the five passions and the five heinous crimes-
Are wonderfully the same.
Nothing, not even sex, is abandoned
oushi wrote:If Buddhist teaching is about accepting things, why do you reject them?
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