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Awakening to Buddhism

Nearly every morning before we start our day, Alex goes out to find eight points that have fallen from tulip trees that shade the studio. He places them in a mandala before the Buddha statue there, sometimes adding petals, and reminds himself of the teaching of the Eightfold Noble Path. Buddha was committed to revealing a Way to the End of Suffering. The First Noble Truth is that life is suffering, or “perpetual unsatisfactoriness.” The Second Noble Truth is that the cause of suffering is desire. The Third Noble Truth tells us that there IS a Way to the end of suffering. The Way is the Eightfold Noble Path. With every needle Alex places in the mandala he reminds himself of these eight precepts:

Right View
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

The right view is non-duality. We are interdependent with an infinite order of beings and dimensions, whose ultimate ground is voidness, clarity, and compassion. By aligning ourselves with the awakened state of the Buddha we can develop wisdom, behave decently, cultivate discipline and kindness, nurturing positive thoughts, practicing mindfulness and meditation, we can subdue craving, cynicism, and be released from the “wheel of suffering” that perpetuates in death and rebirth.  Come to CoSM Sunday and learn about Buddhism from an accomplished teacher.

This Sunday’s Visionary Salon will host the Venerable Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University, Lama Migmar Tseten.
His talk on Buddhism will include:

– The lineage and philosophy of Buddhism
– The major Buddhist schools including Dzogchen Buddhism, also called “The Great Perfection.”
– The power of Mantra
– The Mahasiddha paintings of great accomplished masters and tantric adepts
– An Introduction to Mahamudra, the very essence of Buddha’s teachings.

Join us for basic and deep wisdom from this Buddhist master at CoSM this Sunday afternoon.
The talk will end with a discussion and then a tour of the Entheon construction with Alex and Allyson

Art as Prayer with Randal Roberts

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Randal Roberts, extraordinary artist and beloved CoSM friend, will offer painting wisdom in a rare three-day creative/spiritual opportunity, entitled “Art As Prayer.” Painting to enhance connectedness with self and the Divine, Randal is committed to enfolding prayer into every stroke. When a group of artists paints with this intention, the workplace is charged with purified creative energy.  Practice a technique of fresh spontaneity with a sacramentally inspired visionary who exquisitely depicts the rococo patterns of inner realms.

Randal’s Statement:

“I pledge to do my best work for the highest good, & to practice my art as a way of awakening myself and others.
I offer myself and my materials to divine influence.

To You; cherished friends and family; to the beautiful, absurd, creative flow and language of the universe; and to the global Love Tribe – gone, living, and to be:  Thank you.  I love you, and do my best for you.”

Randal is one of the hardest working and devotionally driven artists we know.  Come to beautiful CoSM and deepen your soul’s creative journey through  art as spiritual practice, with one of the rising stars in the visionary art world.

We look forward to seeing you soon at CoSM,


Allyson & Alex

Seeing the Holy

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The cloud chamber is a device developed by physicists to detect atomic particles. The human brain and mind is a biological device developed to detect God.  This is why a mystical visionary experience is one of the greatest and most meaningful events in a person’s life. The body has been used for the purpose it was created, God detection. The mystic’s consciousness is flooded with infinite love, energy and wisdom to affirm and ignite the soul.

God IS when people acknowledge God IS.  If there are no people acknowledging God IS, does God exist? Yes, because the Universe is infinite intelligence evolving into creative manifestation, whether we acknowledge it or not. The forward thrust of time presents us with a kaleidoscopically re-crystallizing theophany every second through-out the infinite space/time continuum. It is our privilege to witness it.

Having decoded many of the secrets of nature and given humanity all important tools and technologies, science offers humanity truth as clearly as possible, based on the best existing evidence.  In 2006, The Journal of Psychopharmacology published Dr. Roland Griffiths rigorous Johns Hopkins University study confirming that psilocybin can deliver a mystical visionary experience to 65% of spiritually inclined people in a conducive set and setting.

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“Vision Crystal Tondo” by Alex Grey

Current suicide rates for returning veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan are unprecedented, alarming, unacceptable. Last month, The Journal of Psychopharmacology published a study entitled “Classic psychedelic use is associated with reduced psychological distress and suicidality in the United States adult population.”  Doctors responsible for the study evaluated over 190,000 respondents from 2008 to 2012. Lifetime classic psychedelic use was associated with a significantly reduced odds of psychological distress and holds promise in the prevention of suicide and in support of mental health and well-being.

In the early 1950’s, a Mexican Mazatec healer named Maria Sabina dreamed that Jesus Christ visited her and instructed her to reveal the secrets of the psilocybin mushroom to the Western world. Jesus told her, “Humans are destroying the earth and the mushrooms will teach them to pay better respect to the environment and nature.”  Sabina revealed the secret of the mushroom to a banker and mycologist, Gordon Wasson in 1955. Wasson sent the mushrooms to Sandoz chemist, Dr. Albert Hofmann who discovered the psychoactive agents in the mushroom and named it psilocybin. Modern science is finally joining shamanic cultures in recognizing the unprecedented healing potential of this sacred natural fungus.

Sufi poet, Hafiz said, “You asked me if I thought your visions were true. I would say that they were if they make you become more human, more kind to every creature and plant that you know.”

Visionary Mystical Experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with divinity and are the source of all religions and sacred arts. The accurate depiction of these dimensions of awareness are why Visionary Art matters. Join us in our mission to house Visionary Art in a sacred setting.  Entheon, now under construction, will contain glimpses of our higher collective consciousness, home of the Love Tribe, pointing toward a peaceful planetary civilization.

CoSM is excited to welcome Dennis McKenna this weekend who will share his wisdom for the fortunate who were able to land tickets for this sold-out event!


Alex and Allyson

Why Visionary Art Matters

1. Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with God and are the creative source of all sacred art and wisdom traditions. The best currently existing technology for sharing the mystic imaginal realms is a well-crafted artistic rendering by an eye witness.2. Mystic visionary artists distill the multi-dimensional, entheogenic journey into externally crystallized theophanies, icons embedded with evolutionary world views. Since mystic visionary artists paint the transcendental realms from observation, their work offers a growing body of evidence substantiating the divine imaginal realms and by extension, Spirit itself.

3. The mystic state described by visionary artists includes images of unity, cosmic oneness, transcendence of conventional space and time, a sense of the sacred in having encountered ultimate reality, positive affect, vivid color and luminosity, symbolic pattern language, imaginal beings and infinite geometric jewel-like vistas.

4. For pilgrims to the sacred inner dimensions, visionary art provides validation for their own glimpses, and proves the universal nature of the imaginal realms.  Reflecting the luminous richness of higher spiritual worlds, visionary art activates our light body, empowers our creative soul, and stirs our deepest potential for positive, transformative action in the world.

5. Humanity’s materialistic worldview must transition to a sacred view of Oneness with the environment and cosmos or risk self-destruction due to continued abuse of the life-web. Artworks can call us to imagine our higher unity as humanity evolves toward a sustainable planetary civilization.

6. Mystic Visionary Art is a product of the Primary Religious Experience. The word religion comes from the Latin religio, “reverence for the Gods,” and the French, “re-ligare” meaning “to tie back.” The Primary Religious Experience is a personal connection with Source that “ties us back” to our own divinity.

7. Entheon means a place to discover the God within. Entheon, Sanctuary of Visionary Art at CoSM will honor and preserve visionary artworks that point to our common transcendental source.