My guest today is editor of a wonderful book called, "Zig Zag Zen." More to the point he's also a wonderful human being. In addition to being a wonderful human being Allan is a writer, eco-activist and all-around wise person.
We talk about Buddhism, psychedelics, Burning Man and the future of the world. A lot going on in this one. Below is a brief description of "Zig Zag Zen."
The use of psychedelic drugs is that dark little secret behind the popular origins of Eastern spirituality in America, but if they really open the mind in the same ways meditative experiences do, why shouldn't they be legitimated and brought out into the open? In Allan Hunt Badiner and Alex Grey's Zig Zag Zen authors, artists, priests, and scientists are brought together to discuss this question. Opinions fall on all sides. Ram Dass, for instance, discusses the benefits as well as the limitations. Rick Strassman outlines his work in the first federally funded psychedelic study in two-and-a-half decades. Rick Fields sets the historical scene. China Galland offers a wrenching personal experience. Robert Jesse introduces the varieties of entheogens, drugs that engender mystical states. Lama Surya Das tells of his early drug years. And a roundtable discussion with Ram Dass, Robert Aitken, Richard Baker, and Joan Halifax caps it all.
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My guest today is the incredible, hilarious and all around good person, Vic Berger. I've only met Vic via the web, but you know when you can just tell, "that guy, hey, he's a good guy," well, Vic is one of those guys.
In addition to being a good guy, Vic has put together and edited some of my favorite videos of the past couple of years. There are embeds below for you to check out and I encourage you do to that before listening to the podcast. Also, do yourself a favor and follow Vic on the following channels: YouTube, Twitter and Vine. Hot Tolerance on YouTube.
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I sit down with David Silver of Mindrolling Podcast and a little thing called MindPod Network. We talk about how to walk the line between the "spiritual" and the "normal" world. We also talk about sports, news, politics and a whole lot more.
Synchronicity numero cinco features the extraordinary Dennis McKenna. Dennis McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is the brother of well-known psychedelics proponent Terence McKenna and is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.
Dennis is also one of the smartest people I've had the privilege of speaking with (this is Noah writing in case that isn't abundantly clear by now). We talk about a variety of topics including the benefits of psychedelics (DMT, Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, Cannabis), plant intelligence, the unconscious, and ethnopharmacology at large.
As we discussed Dennis has written an incredible autobiography called "The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss." Get it here: http://www.amazon.com/Brotherhood-Screaming-Abyss-Dennis-McKenna-ebook/dp/B00A8KWLYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448424968&sr=8-1&keywords=brotherhood+of+the+screaming+abyss
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On the fourth episode of Synchronicity Noah speaks with Mirabai Bush.
Mirabai teaches contemplative practices to major tech companies, the military, gang leaders and lawyers. Mirabai also traveled to India in the seventies and met her eventual guru, Neem Karoli Baba.
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On the third episode of Synchronicity, Noah site down with the UK-based comedian and all around excellent person, Jack Carroll. Jack shares wisdom beyond his years and generally leaves Noah in awe with his astute observations about life, comedy and beyond.
Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a special song featuring Alan Watts.
On the second episode of Synchronicity, Noah sits down with producer, engineer and the secret genius behind Feral Audio, Dustin Marshall.
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On the inaugural episode of "Synchronicity" host Noah Lampert sits down for a chat with Zach Leary.
The far ranging conversation touches on a variety of topics including transhumanism, potential pitfalls related to new age spirituality, the impact technology is having on the individual and collective psyche and some other fun and interesting things which you can only find out about by listening to the show.
You can catch Zach Leary on his own podcast, "It's All Happening" which is excellent.
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