The fifth precept forbids "strong drinks (& Intoxicants?) that lead to heedlessness". So it isn't that simple, because in this particular case (and so I've read, for quite a few other folks also), the plant ayahuasca did not lead to heedlessness, but rather to a sense of clarity and conviction.TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:Then you stand isolated.
The 5th precept clearly advises against it.
I'm not advocating anyone take it, just saying that the fifth precept does not appear to decisively advise against this particular plant.
Having said that, the Buddha does say that the only way to Nibbana is the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path, so any insights attained while taking ayahuasca ought not to be taken as suggesting one is now enlightened, from the Buddhist point of view in any case.