Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Norman Cohen, (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.

  • He prays a lot, smokes pot and takes LSD (30 "trips" so far) -- and for him the praying and the taking of hallucinogens and the fasting are all part of the same thing, which is spiritual experience. "I don't get high with LSD. I see people hallucinating all around me, but I don't get high. I don't mean to say that I got there first, but I just know that vision. You know, I find it very familiar. It's one that I'm in most of the time."
  • "Taking LSD for me was not the most significant spiritual experience. I don't want to put it down -- it has done beautiful things for a lot of people. But for me it was just revisiting somewhere that I am anyway. I don't think there's any danger in LSD. I would take LSD as long as it wasn't under medical supervision. I just don't think there are any doctors around who could provide you with a guide. They aren't spiritually advanced enough. It would be like...like giving somebody a diamond and then giving him a guard to prevent him from picking his teeth with it. Pot doesn't do anything for me. Want some?"
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