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Marijuana and Meditation- A Buddhist Perspective

Case in point, I was talking with some friends about it the other day, and one of them replied, “You should just smoke weed instead.” That really pissed me off.

How can we study the mind if we constantly change it with substances?

But somewhere around the two-hour mark he learned to be okay with it. The physical torment didn’t change, but his mind did.

There’s no way I could have learned those lessons by just getting high.

But what if I was high at the same time that I was meditating? Yes, the boredom that came with staring at a wall would’ve been easier. And the pain in my legs would’ve been less. But that’s not the point. I don’t want to be numb to my pain. I want to learn from it. Marijuana won’t help me with that.

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There’s a lot of frustration outside the Buddhist environment isn’t there ?

I don’t understand. You say being high interferes with your meditation. What about cold showers? What about loud music? Seems to me that people should not do things that interfere with their meditation. 🙂

4 hours of straight sitting meditation does not seem compassionate to oneself and would seem to create a lot of suffering

Using intoxicants into heedlessness is different than having a glass of wine or hitting a joint, although ‘heedlessness’ is subjective. I personally prefer to do Zazen without marijuana, but not before my morning coffee. Each practitioner knows in their ❤ whether they are upholding the precepts as they relate to their individual circumstances, and circumstances can always change.

I used to equate meditation with intoxication when I was younger. I also took psychedelics my first several times looking for insight rather than just pleasure.

I’ve abstained from drugs and alcohol for 8 years now and I do feel that a mind clouded by substances is problematic in meditation. Diet, rest and ethical conduct also have a major effect on my meditation and the effect meditation has on my mind.

In some ways I can see that the reasons people get intoxicated are the same reasons people meditate: to relieve suffering, sustain happiness, go beyond mundane experience, have a more profound experience of mundane existence.

However meditation has a healing and revealing effect on the mind. Whereas intoxicants in the long run cause damage to the mind and the way we conduct our lives. Of course this article is about pot, which has minimal consequences in contrast to other intoxicants. But many people have a difficult time being okay without that as a crutch. And that amounts to a lack of true freedom. And the degree of alteration to the mind can be as profound as other drugs.

I think it takes a level of openmindedness, maturity, and often a good sensible teaching for people to choose to let go of use. I think that extended periods of sobriety, meditation and reflection will reveal the benefits of continued abstinence as part of the practice.

Sometimes knowing that it is part of the precepts is enough to convince people who want to follow the original traditions of Buddhist life. But often that doesn’t cut it.

As a personal recommendation, I would strongly suggest that people really look into the benefits of sobriety and costs of use. In the end one of the major points of Buddhism is to let go of superficial, temporary, and destructive ways of seeking relief from pain and a deep experience of wellbeing.

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Buddhist Views on Marijuana

ok well im a daily smoker of marijuana and sometimes this causes me to kinda become detached from reality an have anxiety, also when i meditate after im done i feel very weird like im dreaming and i juts kind of fog up in my head. i dont know much about buddhism but i would really appriciate if anyone with knodglade could help em to better my life.

what are the views of marijuana by the buddhist community

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Smoked it a lot in the 1970’s, so you know I have no prejudice against it.

My teacher, a Tibetan monk from Namgyal in Dharamsala, says to refrain from all intoxicants of any sort. Even cigarettes. Not because it’s “wrong”, but because if you are serious about wanting enlightenment, drugs won’t take you there.

Former toker here as well. It’s not compatible with mindfulness. As a rule anyone who uses a mind altering substance on a daily basis has issues they don’t wish to address and uses the drug to avoid having to confront (or in some cases become aware of) those issues.

The irony is that the issue(s) just sit there so when the person finally stops altering their mind they find they just wasted time and now have to address what they ran from for so long.

There seems to be a bit of a rash of weed/buddhism threads lately

Buddhism is about getting to the root of suffering and overcoming suffering.

Weed is about putting a happy-faced band-aid on suffering and not having enough concentration to overcome the munchies, let alone suffering.

“Vegging out” is not the same as “no-mind”

So the two are not very compatible, and I think with any common sense at all we know it violates the 5th precept.

and btw. I too was a big pot head in my teens.

Oh no, not yet another weed thread ! Please check for existing ones.
Cannabis comes under ‘intoxicants’ and shouldn’t be smoked by anyone who is a serious Buddhist practitioner.

I’m trying to stop smoking weed.

try and stop is my advice.

I smoked for 7 years and stopped when I moved to thailand. It took moving out of my social circle and environment to do it, along with other substances, but once here I literally have not cared about the stuff really.

Weed in my opinion strips motivation and as any drug gives a false state of happiness or a certain feeling. You are simply dosing yourself up each time you smoke and will not help you with the path of the buddha in the slightest. Simple, the precept that states to refrain from becoming intoxicated, couldn’t be more clear cut.

I had to travel to Burma on my birthday the other week for my visa stamp and we had to pick up these monks from a little island on the boat trip over there. 2 of these monks were smoking cigarettes and one was playing on a mobile phone haha

ok well im a daily smoker of marijuana and sometimes this causes me to kinda become detached from reality an have anxiety, also when i meditate after im done i feel very weird like im dreaming and i juts kind of fog up in my head.