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.
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?
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
I think it's the opposite, as it's quite easy to achieve unity. What drugs did you used?
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?
In the same way as you do it when not intoxicated. Those are not contradicting each other. Letting things be, whatever it is.
CrawfordHollow wrote:So I ask again, how can marijuana be used to enhance one's "potential and creativity" on the Buddhist path?
I don't want to promote those methods, but they can. Mentioned in the previous topic, Shinzen Young, was in deep marijuana addiction when he "entered the stream", and I'm quite sure this helped. How? First of all, it moves the pillar of ego, which normally is unmovable, and invisible. Secondly, it works as deformed mirror, with enlarging center. When you start to study your ego mind with it, there will be no place to hide. Exploring the labyrinths of the mind is easy, and you go to places you had no idea existed. And the last part, it is sometimes beyond control, so you let go of this deluded activity of controlling. When combined (which is not easy), it opens potentiality, creativity, chakras, energy channels easily. I had a back pain, and doctors said: "You have to leave with it". So I asked the "herb". One fast answer, to make quite unusual changes in the way I seat in a car, and the pain was gone. I healed myself many times, as it directly shows the problems with energy flow. I also helped others with their pain (through advices not the herb).
The use I'm talking about is different then normal. I prepared for 11 years to enter this realm, and still, I made many mistakes. I wont say anything about reading sacred texts when under the influence of THC, because it is enough of praise.
It can take you to "heaven" of absolute joy, or to hell. Purify, or destroy, but I know no better way of dissolving accumulated karma. Take it or leave it, but don't come with stories of low intelligence people that by treating etheogens like hookers, got greatly punished.
"Without knowing and without being affected by anything, this is the awareness of the buddhas. The inconceivable, without awareness and without suffering, is itself the awareness of the buddhas. - Manjuśri"