"You know the logical conclusion readched by certain Tibetan Buddhists who wall themselves in a little cell with a slot where food is pushed in at them, and stay there till they die. This is not my idea of a good deal"
(wsb in a letter to keruack, 18/9/1950)
...but were wsb's experimentations radically different? expanding his mind by various mind altering drugs (which he later claimed generated states of consciousness which could all be achieved without drugs, which is precisely what buddhists do in deep, profound and rzor-sharp meditations, discouraging mind altering substances, barring them to monks)?
holing himself up in a windowless bunker to better concentrate on his writing, locking out the outside world so mundane sense impressions won't itnerfere with the process of accesing your deep layers of consciousness?
...and in that wonderful understated, humorous, warm and packing a punch way of his, stating that there probably is something after death, otherwise why did it take so much effort to get there?
(and buddhists do indeed believe there is something beyond, another life, namely, though not necessarily in a similar form or even world, and working, i.e. wiping out your bad karma and planting seeds of virtue, is what samsara is all about, as well as wisdom, of course, the sixth perfection).
"My Present orientation is diametrically opposed [to], therfore perhaps progression from, Buddhism. I saw we are here in human form
to learn by the human
hieroglyphs of love and suffering"
(wsb to keruack, 24/5/1954)
This, perhaps, is the nub of the matter. Buddhists do preach love for all sentient beings, indeed, particularly mahayanists, but theirs is an abstract sort of love, an equinomous (sp?) compassion.
Anyway, I got tons i can say on this matter, but i want to see if it's of any interest.