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  • Published: 15 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780806538570
  • Imprint: Kensington
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $26.99

The Psychedelic Experience

A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead




As sacred as the text it reflects, The Psychedelic Experience is a guidebook to the wilderness of mind and an indispensable resource from the founding fathers of psychedelia. Now being reissued to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Created by the prophetic shaman-professors Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), this foundational text serves as a model and a guide for all mind-expanding inquiries. Based on a unique interpretation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Psychedelic Experience remains a vital testament to broadening spiritual consciousness through a combination of Tibetan meditation techniques and psychotropic substances.

More than fifty years after the Summer of Love, the promise of the psychoactive ’60s—that deeper self-awareness and greater harmony can be achieved through reality-bending substances and practices—is close to becoming a mainstream phenomenon. The signs are everywhere, from a renewed interest in the therapeutic effects of LSD and micro-dosing, to the popularity of the ayahuasca trips and the annual spectacle of Burning Man.  Now, for a new generation seeking the trip of a lifetime, The Psychedelic Experience is the essential guidebook to getting there.

The updated edition includes a dedication to Aldous Huxley with a short introductory citation from Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which was used by the Beatles in the song Tomorrow Never Knows and a brand-new introduction by Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism.

“It is a book for the living as well as for the dying.”
—Lama Govinda, founder of the Arya Maitreya Mandala

  • Published: 15 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780806538570
  • Imprint: Kensington
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $26.99

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