Podcast 511 – “Psychedelic Book of the Dead”


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Guest speaker: Erik Davis

The Psychedelic Experience by Leary, Alpert, & MetznerPROGRAM NOTES:

“The whole history of Buddhism in the West, the whole thing in the post war period as Buddhism starts to become really popular, is inextricable from psychedelics.” -Erik Davis

Today’s podcast features a talk that was given by Erik Davis in which he unravels the history of both the Tibetan Book of the Dead and its psychedelic sister, the Psychedelic Experience, that was written by Leary, Alpert, and Metzner during their infamous Harvard years. Erik Davis, who holds a Ph.D. from Rice University’s Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism program, is a well known author and lecturer who has written books such as Techgnosis and Led Zeppelin IV.


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Erik Davis’ Website

The Expanding Mind Podcast with Erik Davis

Erik Davis on Twitter

The Psychedelic Experience:
A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
by Timothy Leary

Posted in Books, Consciousness, Culture, Death, Erik Davis, Language, Myth, Psychedelics, Religion, Shamanism.


  1. Hi Lorenzo,
    Long time listener and I was saddened to hear your opinion of the AUMA proposition. With so many pro-cannabis people coming out against it, I fear it will fail yet again. I will however, listen to your reasoning on your next podcast. Flawed though it may be, at least we would not risk imprisonment for growing our own at home, which would satisfy me. I would hope people will at least see it as an incremental step.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Risk of imprisonment under AUMA will be up to each county and city to decide upon. Growing options, which are less than we have now for medical patients, are also up to local authorities. Prop 215 will be eliminated, which means medical patients will need a new doctor’s recommendation. The restrictions on doctors are going to be significantly increased so as to “monitor doctors giving out ‘too many’ recommendations. If you really are supporting AUMA then I assume that you have read all 60+ pages of the bill that your vote approves. If you vote yes but don’t at least watch attorney Leticia Pepper’s comments against it (it took her 30 hours to read AUMA BTW) then you haven’t done your homework:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL2XD1FHt7g . . . AND here is a very well documented copy of AUMA https://media.wix.com/ugd/d25d39_17519ed1d4a44b9589eb4d8c193eb814.pdf … if you read that and still want to vote yes then at least you’ve done your homework.]

  2. Hey!

    I am in Sweden, and after getting a new iPhone I can’t seem to find your podcast in store :/ am I doing something wrong? I really miss the podcast!

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