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Did Buddha smoke weed? Do Buddhist monks smoke weed?

Can marijuana be used to meditate? I’ve asked Buddhist Monks on their opinion about weed but they’re not fluent in English and they didn’t know what I was talking about. They’re Chinese Monks by the way.

Maybe I’ll get a better answer from a possible Buddhist or anyone who acknowledges the philosophy here.

How do we know if marijuana is a drug? Because of media propaganda? Shouldn’t they be against prescription drugs as well then?

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Buddhists do not smoke weed. or rather, the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path does not condone it, nor do the Precepts. individual behavior is of the individual.

5. Right Livelihood

Right livelihood means that one should earn one’s living in a righteous way and that wealth should be gained legally and peacefully. The Buddha mentions four specific activities that harm other beings and that one should avoid for this reason: 1. dealing in weapons, 2. dealing in living beings (including raising animals for slaughter as well as slave trade and prostitution), 3. working in meat production and butchery, and 4. selling intoxicants and poisons, such as alcohol and drugs. Furthermore any other occupation that would violate the principles of right speech and right action should be avoided.

Of the 10 Precepts:

5. I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from ntoxicating drinks and drugs causing heedlessness.

It is drugs that cause heedlessness, not drugs that help. Pain killers that make you loopy might be a gray area.

No Buddhist would tell you that drugs help to attain enlightenment. It is a much different experience than being high. much different.

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Did Buddha smoke weed? Do Buddhist monks smoke weed?

Can marijuana be used to meditate? I’ve asked Buddhist Monks on their opinion about weed but they’re not fluent in English and they didn’t know what I was talking about. They’re Chinese Monks by the way.

Maybe I’ll get a better answer from a possible Buddhist or anyone who.

The Buddha taught that in order to make spiritual practice, we should try to get a controlled and clear mind. Things like alcohol and mind-altering drugs do not clear the mind, they make us even less clear then we normally are. This is why the Buddha certainly advised against alcohol, but as far as I know, people did not smoke weed then, so how could he advise against it?

So if you want to try and follow his advice, you need to understand why he said things, and see if these things apply to ‘new’ things. So for example, the Buddha never said we should not shoot someone with a gun – because guns did not exist in his time. But he did advise against killing and hurting each other, so you can figure out by yourself what he would have said about guns.

I’m sorry but your all wrong, Buddha smoked weed for “his enjoyment” or rather consumed it and probably didn’t hit the bong but most likely gladly would have. Altho he didn’t advise using drugs or alcohol to clear the mind he definitely wasn’t saying it didn’t help. He used it to have fun not clear his mind, which is the point he was getting at, that a truly strong spirit meditates on purity and solidarity.

However he did drink and partake in cannabis. There is artwork about it and plenty of history. A quick Google search pops it up in seconds reading you’ll know what I know.

As far as monks partaking in cannabis? I have seen monks burn various incenses and those ******* get you high I don’t give a **** who you are and what you think you know, that **** gets you high. And they burn like 10 at a time, one in a room ***** you up enough to knock you out for hours.

So yea, Buddhist get high, we drink. like Dafuq the fat Buddha with that giant pot belly should give you an idea of how much indulgence in life’s pleasures is one of the ways to end suffering. Sure meditate find spirituality, learn discipline. But don’t ******* die sitting around doing nothing but meditating thinking your being pure.

Go enjoy life and get ****** up, Buddha did. But don’t forget karma and to maintain balance and steer clear for suffering/stress.

What is perceived as a drug depends on the culture and conditioning at the time. Its likely that weed was eaten as a vegetable before those in power forced their alcohol on us and outlawed the practice.

buddha as i recall, starved himself for several days, eating nothing but a grain of rice in order to find enlightenment. and he had a vision. several cultures do different things to have visions of enlightenment. trances in dance, starvation (fasting), psychedelic substances such as magic mushrooms, vines, flowers.

Egyptians used the drug from a blue water Lillie. and Christianity is believed by several Theologists, to be brought up from psilocybin cubensis (a magic mushroom). IN SHORT, there are several ways to reach enlightenment, arguing about how to get there is not the way. your path is yours and no one else’s.

Buddha didn’t smoke anything as far as what history tells us. and Buddhism is against drug use, so most don’t, I hope..

We can. It is not a traditional thing. I do not for one, I know a lot of other buddhists who don’t.

Keanu Reeves doesn’t either. 🙂

drugs are like a video of enlightenment

they will show you what it looks like

but you have to actually get there to know what it tastes, smells, sounds and feels like.

the map is not the territory

“Who is the master that makes the grass green?”

“Who is more trustworthy than all the Buddhas and sages?”

Can marijuana be used to meditate? I've asked Buddhist Monks on their opinion about weed but they're not fluent in English and they didn't know what I was talking about. They're Chinese Monks by the way. Maybe I'll get a better answer from a possible Buddhist or anyone who acknowledges the philosophy here.

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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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