Posted by Sergio (188.8.131.52) on September 13, 2000 at 11:50:06:
In Reply to: Drugs posted by Susan S on September 12, 2000 at 14:33:00:
If you use drugs for medical proposes with a Doctor’s prescription for physical or mental ills, then it is ok, because they are medicine. If you use drugs for recreation or to avoid day to day reality because you get depressed, then you are an addict and you need help. In that case, the use is not medical. The no medical use of drugs makes them intoxicants, instead of medicines. Intoxicants are very opposite to Buddhism. In fact, someone who has “Buddhist Refugee” took the vote of not taking intoxicants. If one ignores this, then the karma created is very negative because one is spiting on her own spiritual votes. It is no taking seriously the Buddhist precepts.
The use of drugs to “open the mind” is completely opposite to Buddhism. Only meditation in the perception of reality can open your mind. Drugs create an other dream, which looks as an alternative reality, but it is just an other illusion. It can create a deep confusion in the Buddhist’s path. Drugs create mental masturbations, they can’t open your mind. Drugs used with “spiritual proposes” sounds shamanic, indian, but definitive it is not Buddhist. Buddhist meditation can create the perception of alternative realities, but drugs create distortioned realities, which are illusory. It is not the same.
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