General Introduction

A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of spacetime dimensions, and of the ego or identity. Such experiences of enlarged consciousness can occur in a variety of ways sensory deprivation, yoga exercises, disciplined meditation, religious or aesthetic ecstasies, or spontaneously. Most recently they have become available to anyone through...

The Psychedelic Experience

A manual based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead By Timothy Leary, Ph.D., Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., & Richard Alpert, Ph.D. The authors were engaged in a program of experiments with LSD and other psychedelic drugs at Harvard University, until sensational national publicity, unfairly concentrating on student interest in the drugs, led to the suspension of the experiments. Since then, the authors have continued their work without academic This version of THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD is dedicated, to

Instructions For Sexual Visions

O (name), At this time you may see visions of mating couples. You are convinced that an orgy is about to take place. Desire and anticipation seize you, You wonder what sexual performance is expected of you. When these visions occur, Remember to withhold yourself from action or attachment. Humbly exercise your faith. Float with the stream. Trust the process with great fervency. Meditation and trust in the unity of life are the keys. If you attempt to enter into your old personality because you...

Judgment Visions

The judgment vision may come the Third Bardo blame game. Your good genius will count up your good deeds with white pebbles, the evil genius the evil deeds with black pebbles. A judgment scene is a central part of many religious systems, and the vision can assume various forms. Westerners are most likely to see it in the well-known Christian version. The Tibetans give a psychological interpretation to thisas to all the other visions. The Judge, or Lord of Death, symbolizes conscience itself in...

Aldous Huxley

July 26, 1894 - November 22, 1963 with profound admiration and gratitude. If you started in the wrong way, I said in answer to the investigator's questions, everything that happened would be a proof of the conspiracy against you. It would all be self-validating. You couldn't draw a breath without knowing it was part of the plot. So you think you know where madness lies My answer was a convinced and heartfelt, Yes. And you couldn't control it No I couldn't control it. If one began with fear and...

Second Bardo Preliminary Instructions

Remember In this session you experience three Bardos, Three states of ego-loss. First there is the Clear Light of Reality. Next there are fantastically varied game hallucinations. Later you will reach the stage of ReEntry Of regaining an ego. O friend, You may experience ego-transcendence, Departure from your old self. But you are not the only one. It comes to all at some time. You are fortunate to have this gratuitously given rebirth experience. Do not cling in fondness and weakness to your...

Explanation of the Second Bardo

The underlying problem of the Second Bardo is that any and every shape - human, divine, diabolical, heroic, evil, animal, thing - which the human brain conjures up or the past life recalls, can present itself to consciousness shapes and forms and sounds whirling by endlessly. The underlying solution - repeated again and again - is to recognize that your brain is producing the visions. They do not exist. Nothing exists except as your consciousness gives it life. You are standing on the threshold...

Tribute To Carl G Jung

Psychology is the systematic attempt to describe and explain man's behavior, both conscious and non-conscious. The scope of study is broad - covering the infinite variety of human activity and experience and it is long - tracing back through the history of the individual, through the history of his ancestors, back through the evolutionary vicissitudes and triumphs which have determined the current status of the species. Most difficult of all, the scope of psychology is complex, dealing as it...

Four Methods Of Preventing Reentry First Method Meditation on the Buddha

O (name), tranquilly meditate upon your protective figure (name). He is like the reflecting of the moon in water. He is apparent yet non-existent. Like illusion produced by magic. If you have no special protective figure, Meditate upon the Buddha or upon me. With this in mind meditate tranquilly. Then causing the visualized form of your protective ideal To melt away from the extremities, Meditate, without any thought-forming, upon the Void Clear Light. This is a very profound art. By virtue of...

The Peaceful Visions

Vision 1 The Source The first Peaceful Deity listed by the Bardo Thodol is the Bhagavan Vairochana who occupies the center of the mandala of the five Dhyani-Buddhas. His attributes of source-power have been translated into those of the monotheistic creator of (Eyes closed, external stimuli ignored) The White Light, or First Bardo energy, may be interpreted as God the Creator. The Spreader of the Seed. The Power which makes all shapes visible. Seed of all that is. Sovereign Power. The...

Instructions For The Wrathful Visions

O nobly born, listen carefully You were unable to maintain the perfect Clear Light of the First Bardo. Or the serene peaceful visions of the Second. You are now entering Second Bardo nightmares. Recognize them. They are your own thought-forms made visible and audible. They are products of your own mind with its back to the wall. They indicate that you are close to liberation. Do not fear them. No harm can come to you from these hallucinations. They are your own thoughts in frightening aspect....

The Fireflow Of Internal Unity

(Eyes closed, external stimuli ignored, emotional aspects) O nobly born, listen carefully You are flowing outward into the fluid unity of life. The ecstasy of organic fire glows in every cell. The hard, dry, brittle husks of your ego are washing out, Washing out to the endless sea of creation. Flow with it. Feel the pulse of the sun's heart. Let the red Buddha Amitabha sweep you along. Do not fear the ecstasy. Do not resist the flow. Remember, all the exultant power comes from within. Release...

The Wrathful Visions

Seven Second Bardo visions have been described. At each one of them, the voyager could recognize what he saw and be liberated. Multitudes will be liberated by that recognition and although multitudes obtain liberation in that manner, the number of sentient beings being great, evil karma powerful, obscurations dense, propensities of too long standing, the Wheel of Ignorance and Illusion becomes neither exhausted nor accelerated. Despite the confrontations, there is a vast preponderance of those...

Vision 7 The Magic Theatre

If the voyager was unable to maintain the passive serenity necessary for the contemplation of the previous visions (the peaceful deities), he moves now into a more dramatic and active phase. The play of forms and things becomes the play of heroic figures, superhuman spirits and demigods. In the Tibetan Handbook, this is described as the vision of the five Knowledge-Holding Deities, arranged in a mandala form, each embraced by Dakinis, in an ecstatic dance. The Knowledge-holding Deities...

The Internal Flow Of Archetypal Processes

(Eyes closed, external stimuli ignored intellectual aspects) O nobly born, listen carefully The life flow is whirling through you. An endless parade of pure forms and sounds, Dazzlingly brilliant, Ever-changing. Do not try to control it. Flow with it. Experience the ancient cosmic myths of creation and manifestation. Do not try to understand There is plenty of time for that later. Merge with it. Let it flow through you. There is no need to act or think. You are being taught the great lessons of...

Drugs and Dosages

A wide variety of chemicals and plants have psychedelic (mind manifesting) effects. The most widely used substances are listed here together with dosages adequate for a normal adult of average size. The dosage to be taken depends, of course, on the goal of the session. Two figures are therefore given. The first column indicates a dosage which should be sufficient for an inexperienced person to enter the transcendental worlds described in this manual. The second column gives a smaller dosage...

Nongame Ecstasy

Part I The Primary Clear Light Seen At the Moment of Ego-Loss. All individuals who have received the practical teachings of this manual will, if the text be remembered, be set face to face with the ecstatic radiance and will win illumination instantaneously, without entering upon hallucinatory struggles and without further suffering on the age-long pathway of normal evolution which traverses the various worlds of game existence. This doctrine underlies the whole of the Tibetan model. Faith is...

Tribute To Lama Anagarika Govinda

In the preceding section the point was made that eastern philosophy and psychology - poetic, indeterministic, experiential, inward-looking, vaguely evolutionary, open-ended - is more easily adapted to the findings of modern science than the syllogistic, certain, experimental, externalizing logic of western psychology. The latter imitates the irrelevant rituals of the energy sciences but ignores the data of physics and genetics, the meanings and implications. Even Carl Jung, the most penetrating...

Introduction

If, in the second Bardo, the voyager is incapable of holding on to the knowledge that the peaceful and wrathful visions were projections of his own mind, but became attracted to or frightened by one or more of them, he will enter the Third Bardo. In this period he struggles to regain routine reality and his ego the Tibetans call it the Bardo of seeking rebirth. It is the period in which the consciousness makes the transition from transcendent reality to the reality of ordinary waking life. The...