Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 31st, 2009

Another response from one of my colleagues, Davis Lukoff: Nonordinary States of Consciousness in Transpersonal Psychotherapy William James first explored how nonordinary states of consciousness can be induced and the value that they have for providing access to special knowledge that cannot be gained through ordinary consciousness. Many schools of psychology “adhere to an unnecessarily […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 31st, 2009

At the unique graduate school I teach at, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, a number of the Core Faculty are clinicians and counselors, and we have a PhD level program in clinical psychology as part of transpersonal psychology. Recently I wrote them: Here’s an interesting question from someone responding to my blog, a young woman […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 31st, 2009

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 3, Part 2 of 13 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: Okay. Good. What else is happening with people? Student: I think I found my mind wandering more; and I think part of that is because of lack of predictability compared to […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 24th, 2009

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 3, Part 1 of 13 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. (Lively discussions going on before class) CTT: All right. Steady. Okay. There are some times, like this moment when I feel rather scattered, that I feel very hypocritical in teaching the mindfulness […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 17th, 2009

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 2, Part 15 of 15 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. Student: If Buddha said that this was the way to enlightenment to him, then why do these different branches of Buddhism have all these crazy different practices that they’ve got? Like Tibetan […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 12th, 2009

I spent the last few days at the annual convention of the Parapsychological Association, held at the University of Washington in Seattle this year. Next year will be Paris. Busy, busy, busy! The PA is the scientific professional association of the (too few) scientifically trained researchers in this field, and papers are sometimes exciting, but […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 12th, 2009

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 2, Part 14 of 15 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: Any other difficulties in doing the Vipassana method or unclarity about how you actually do this? Because I am going to ask you to do a couple of 10 minute sessions […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 2nd, 2009

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 2, Part 13 of 15 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: Anyway, the attitude cultivated in Vipassana meditation is equanimity. We are very conditioned for a resistance factor to come up real strongly, right away, because that’s the way we go through […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 1st, 2009

I’ve set up this blog to be like a graduate or advanced-undergraduate class: I occasionally put out material to stimulate discussion on topics like consciousness, psychic functioning, spirituality, etc., and then mainly let the “students” (and we are all students of the Great Unknown) draw each other out and share what they know about it. […]

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