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Zig Zag Zen Newsletter

By on November 21, 2015

Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics
Buddhism and psychedelic exploration share a common concern: liberation of the mind. Join us this Saturday night for a Visionary Salon with Allan Badiner & Alex Grey, editors of the new edition of ZigZagZen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, an essay compilation pictorialized with an outstanding selection of art. Joining the discussion with Alan and Alex will be Allyson Grey, whose artwork is included in this volume.

A provocative and thoughtful exploration of inner states and personal transformation, this enhanced version of ZigZagZen now contains the remarkable artwork of Android Jones, Sukhi Barber, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Amanda Sage. Paintings by Robert Venosa, Mark Rothko, Robert Beer, Francesco Clemente, and Allyson Grey are included along with new contributions by the pioneering visionary artist and Buddhist scholar, Alex Grey.

‘Tears of Joy‘ by Alex Grey

In this updated edition new essays have been added by Ralph Metzner and Brad Warner plus enlightening interviews with James Fadiman, Kokyo Henkel, and Rick Doblin. David Coyote writes of ayahuasca’s unique influence on Zen Buddhism. Authors Joan Halifax Roshi, Peter Matthiessen, Jack Kornfield, Robert Forte, Ram Dass, Terence McKenna, Rick Fields, among others, return in this compilation.

Buddhism and psychedelics are subjects we are sure to encounter on the journey to wisdom. Examined together, the reader may understand more deeply the essence of each.

“Zig Zag Zen is a must read for anyone who is concerned about the future of Buddhist practice.” —Robert Thurman, Chair of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University

Allan Badiner is the editor of three essential volumes of collected essays Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, , Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology and Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism. Alan is  a contributing editor of Tricycle Magazine, and serves on the board of directors of Rainforest Action Network, Threshold Foundation and Project CBD. He has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 25 years.


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Entheon Update

It’s been an exciting week at CoSM watching the roof installation at Entheon!


Alex & Allyson


Honoring Paul Laffoley

By on November 19, 2015

One day in 1977, we walked into an exhibition of large mandalic and mystical canvases explaining the multidimensionality of the universe through diagrammatic revelations with carefully hand-applied letters of crystal clear writing all over every work. The meticulous paintings and drawings were by genius artist, Paul Laffoley, living near us in his Boston studio called The Visionary Cell.  We had very little money but could not leave two of his beautiful drawings behind. One was entitled, “Levogyre,” a detailed and accurate description of a levitating gyroscope, a device for which the physics had not yet been discovered, and a piece entitled, “The Alchemy of History is the End of the Future.”

We have always cherished those drawings portraying fantastic machines and temporal cosmograms.  These works will be on display at Entheon, CoSM’s sanctuary of Visionary Art.  Paul became a friend and great inspiration as a unique inventive creator of his own authentic visionary art. On Monday, this 80 year old maestro died of congestive heart failure. His previously unseen works of sculpture and painting were recently on view at his unforgettable exhibition at Kent Gallery NYC.

Allyson and Alex with Paul Laffoley, September, 2015, Kent Gallery, NYC

Paul was trained as an architect and at one time worked in NYC as an assistant to visionary architect Frederick Keisler. He also worked on architectural planning for the World Trade Center.  Moving back to Boston in 1965 he made his first painting in the basement of his parent’s home. Diagramming reality came naturally to his encyclopedic cross-referencing mind.  To contemplate Paul’s work is to encounter ufology, idealist philosophy, alchemy, psychology, technology, morality, a touching memorial to his mother, prophetic visions and the shape and meaning of history.

Doug Walla, the director of Kent Gallery was a close friend to Paul and helped bring his work to audiences and museums around the world. Paul’s work began to attract an increasing following in his late career with shows at the Palais de Tokyo (2009), the Nationalgalerie/Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin (2011), and the Hayward Gallery, London, the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, and the Yerba Buena Center in 2013.

In 1989, Kent Gallery compiled and published the first monogram on Laffoley entitled The Phenomenology of Revelation.  His first museum retrospective was in 1999 resulting in the publication of the second Laffoley monograph entitled Paul Laffoley: Architectonic Thought-Forms: 1967-1999, to the Brink of the Bauharoque.   Forthcoming in March of 2016, the University of Chicago Press will be releasing the long awaited book entitled The Essential Paul Laffoley. He was a kind radiant soul who brought higher dimensions into form to evolve our consciousness, and he will be deeply missed.


CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture Update

By on November 18, 2015

CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture is now online and web editions are free!  You can now view the first series of extended articles with bonus, previously unreleased text, art and photographs here :

Celebrating creativity at the heart of spiritual practice, the new volume of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture shares reflections of artists, leaders and futurists from their experiences of Divinity.

What is your experience of Divinity?

“The soul’s eye view is what all of sacred art and literature share, a portal into Divinity.”
– Alex and Allyson Grey

Allyson Grey
Square Root

“The Jeweled Net of Indra, the vision of reality that arose with Hua Yen Buddhism, reveals a world where each being, each gem at each node of the net, is illuminated by all others and reflected in them. As part of this world, you contain the whole of it.”
– Joanna Macy

Damon Soule

“The great gift for humanity is that this Creative Universal Intelligence, this Consciousness Force, this Spirit-in-Action is indwelling in each of us as us.  It is the Impulse of Evolution, the animating power that activates in each of us our own heart’s desire to be more, do more, love more, give more, create more, just like the universe itself is always doing.”
– Barbara Marx Hubbard

“It is Being Itself, the very Breath of Life that fills our lungs, so close to us, so full of mystery.”
Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

Vibrata Chromodoris
Three Improbable Events

“My experience of Divinity is life itself.Life in all the vitality, diversity, and renewal.”
Vandana Shiva

“Speaking is the primary metaphor: Spoken words convey meanings, connections, structures, images, fears, hopes, and so much else. But words would be inert and ineffective without the flow of the out breath of which they are spoken.”
– Rupert Sheldrake

Andrew Jones
Humming Dragon

“Shakti, an Energetic Consciousness or Conscious Light that can zap, radiate, illuminate and re-wire us through a broad range of “openings,” be these erotic, traumatic, psychedelic, aesthetic or contemplative.”
Jeffrey Kripal

Judy Chicago
Rainbow Shabbat

“Religion is focused upon one’s beliefs about Divinity. Spirituality is focused upon one’s experience of Divinity.”
– Michael A. Singer

Michael Divine

“The experience of nature and the experience of the eternal inner worlds is the Divinity of Divinity, both outside and inside.”
– Luis Eduardo Luna

Luis Tamani
Mujeres del Viento

“The Vast Radiance of The Celestial Light
Shining at Night, through the Stars and the Moon
In The Heavens above us.”
– Jeffrey Bronfman

Andrew Gonzalez
Leo Rising

“It doesn’t require faith in the invisible, it really just requires appreciation, reverence, joy and love for what is all around us.”
– Starhawk

CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture shares with its readers the work and stories of artists, thinkers and community builders who are dedicated to transformative living, and committed to the integration of wisdom and the arts. It is offered to inform, connect and inspire this evolving global awareness.

We are currently in the final printing phase of the new ‘Divinity’ volume 9 of CoSM Journal which will appear in our world this winter.