Cleansing the Doors of Perception
The Religious Significance of Entheogenic
Plants and Chemicals
Huston Smith, internationally recognized philosopher,
scholar of religion, and author of The World's Religions,
now offers Cleansing the Doors of Perception, a course-correcting
assessment of the connections among entheogens, religious experience,
and the divinely inspired life.
A de luxe limited edition was published
by the Council on Spiritual Practices.
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including Soma, The Wondrous Mushroom, and Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion.
Designed by Martino Mardersteig, this special edition of Cleansing the Doors of Perception is printed on Magnani mould-made paper, Smythe-sewn, bound in quarter leather with cloth sides and cloth covered slipcase by Ruggero Rigoldi, individually numbered on the letterpress, and signed by the author.
|Chapter One: ||Empirical Metaphysics|
|Chapter Two: ||Do Drugs Have Religious Import?|
|Chapter Three: ||Psychedelic Theophanies and the Religious Life|
|Chapter Four: ||Historical Evidence: India's Sacred Soma|
|Chapter Five: ||The Sacred Unconscious|
|Chapter Six: || Contemporary Evidence: Psychiatry and the Work of Stanislav Grof|
|Chapter Seven: ||The Good Friday Experiment|
|Chapter Eight: ||The Case of Cardinal John Henry Hewman|
|Chapter Nine: ||Entheogenic Religious: The Eleusinian Mysteries and the Native American Church|
|Chapter Ten: ||Something Like a Summing-Up|
|Appendix A: ||Secularization and the Sacred: The Contemporary Scene|
|Appendix B: ||Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove: A Televised Interview|
|Notes and References|
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