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The Rainman’s Third Cure, Peter Coyote

Stories on his life, relationship with his father, taking tulmultous amounts of drugs (peyote, LSD, mushrooms) etc. Peter’s reaction when his father dies was the most revealing as well as the Zen aspects of his life. He makes an interesting point discussing all the various drugs he’s taken – “That life is always compounded by one’s habits, indulgences, fears, and delusions and I have never found that life after a drug trip was easier or more illuminated that it was before. Neither did I ever consider drug highs as the possibilities of consciousness… so I resolved to discover enlightenment was in a drug-free manner.” Good last section on Buddhism. His friendship with Buddhist Gary Snyder was interesting. Great quote from Gary – “the bourgeoisie is sociopathic, overindulged, distracted, spolied beyond measure, and unable to restrain gluttony, even in the face of pending planetary destruction. In the face of such a threat, it has, by necessity, become the responsibility of the artist to model health and sanity.” Nice summary of his POV.

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