Are you familiar with the state of nirodha-samapati, or saññā-vedayita-nirodha? An exalted stage of contemplation that is even beyond the truly awesome mindfuck that’s called ”neither-perception-nor-non-perception”. When you get there, everything is said to be like totally wiped out. There is really nothing whatsoever going on inside your skull. Totally blank, zero activity.
In other words, nirodha-samapati is as close to actual death as you can possibly get in this lifetime. The great meditation masters tell us this is really, really awesome. They say that a state of nirodha-samapati can last for several days, during which the meditator is lika a super-spiritualized vegetable.
But the really cool thing with nirodha, is that when the yogi comes out of it, she or he is super-enlightened. And after this point there is really nothing much left to do for the arhat than to die and enter Nirvana or, in our time and age, open a Skype account and start an online enlightenment service.
Understandably, nirodha has been sort of like the Holy Grail for hardcore meditators and Buddhist geeks for centuries. Thousands and thousands of people have spent millions of hours on their cushions trying to attain this noble stage, but very, very few actually make it there. Despite proof that accomplished meditators actually can get close to a state of more or less permanent brain death, there are also some scholarly types arguing that there is no such thing as nirodha-samapati at all. Generally speaking, the spiritual jury has been out on this issue for a very long time.
In Januari 2003, in a state of exhaustion and suffering from a bad case of Dark Night of the Soul, veterinarian and long-time yogi Kenneth F Lingam mistakenly ingested 500 mg Dihydroetorphine® while attempting to sedate a rabid elephant at the San Diego Zoo. The effects were truly remarkable, and have been describes as a fourth turning of the Dharma wheel.
Within less than 30 seconds, Lingam entered a state of profound nirodha-samapati that would last for eight years, a feat never recorded in the canonical or modern literature. When he regained something simliar to normal, waking consciousness, Lingam knew, with the absolute certainty and lack of doubt that comes with arhatship, that he had reached full Enlightenment. Motivated by his strong bodhicitta, he immediately set out to reform the Theravada school and teach others this new and revolutionary approach to meditation and upward spiritual mobility.
Following this pharmacological path, uniquely suited for contemporary yogis, there is certainly no need to learn about all the arcane states and stages outlined in traditional Dharma books. Meditating with Dihydroetorphine®, there are really only two mindstates: Your normal, waking state and the complete blankness of annihilation encountered (or non-encountered) in nirodha. As an extra bonus, the yogi will later wake up to the glorious non-state of Buddhahood.
In 2011 Lingam arranged a retreat at Burning Man, which attracted 200 psychonauts (out of which 150 or so are expected to be confirmed as fully awakened within the next few years). Showing a remarkable missionary as well as entrepeneurial spirit, Kenneth soon went on to launch the popular Lingam’s Underground Dharma website and forum, where he has prepared thousands of aspiring arhants for entering the way for the past couple of years.
Hailed by many as the ”fourth turning of the wheel”, this revolutionary approach to contemplation has aroused some controversy within Buddhist circles, and some authorities consider it outright heretic. An older generation of Buddhist teachers argue that using a powerful sedative to reach nirodha is not only ridiculous, but also potentially dangerous. Only time-tested psychoactive drugs, like LSD, should be used for such purposes, they claim.
Even so, Kenneth Lingam insists that nirodha-samapati is an attainable goal for anyone following the detailed instructions found in his new book, Mastering the Core Teachings of Pharmacological Meditation. An Unusually Hardcore Book on Chemically Enhanced Contemplation.
In this groundbreaking work of remarkable clarity and directness, Lingam sets out to disabuse the aspiring yogi of fanciful notions of the spiritual life, and shows how one can use meditation simply to get to nirodha as soon as possible, without wallowing in tedious self-examination. Most importantly, he presents detailed instructions for how to get hold of high-quality Dihydroetorphine®, as well as providing sound, down-to-earth advice on how to choose an appropriate insurance plan and find a “meditator-friendly” hospital.
It is easy to feel overawed, at first, by Lingam’s assurance and ease in the phenomenological description of eight years spent in a mindstate beyond neither-perception-nor-non-perception, but his great compassion and missionary, as well as entrepeneurial, zeal illuminates every page of this remarkable book.
By combining the latest innovations with ancient methods, this is pragmatic enlightenment at its best!
– Daniel M. Ingram, M.D, Buddhist Geek, Arhat.
Author of Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book
This is a kind book, a wise and gracious invitation to the awakened heart. People are getting eviscerated here.
– Kenneth Folk, Meditation teacher, interested in social justice, human rights, and understanding resource depletion.
Mastering the Core Teachings of Pharmacological Meditation. An Unusually Hardcore Book on Chemically Enhanced Contemplation
by Kenneth R. Lingam, M.D., Arhat
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Update on “hardcore dharma” (and/or MDMA) as the opiate of the x-buddhist masses
If that catchy headline caught your attention, you probably want to take a look at this thread over at the Dharma Overground forum. Then please come back and start a discussion about the similarities between the currently fashionable, self-absorbed obsession with strange mindstates labeled “Buddhist geekery”, and plain dopehead narcissism.