Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 18th, 2015

March 18, 2015.  This needs more expansion, refinement, editing, but since I’m going off on a meditation retreat in a couple of days I’m liable to lose track of this (samsara sucks, as you’ll see) so want to get something up here. Samsara Sucks… But Attention/Intention Can Unstick It Thoughts on automatization, samsara, freedom, meditation, […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 4th, 2015

            John Forrest Bamberger – Psychedelic Sunset 2 As mentioned in a variety of places, years ago I gave up meditation practice, having  decided that it apparently took a certain kind of talent that I didn’t have, so it was a waste of time for me to continue.  Then I […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 20th, 2014

Every once in a while I make some observations or have some ideas about what all this business of being a “self” is about.  Studying Buddhism is particularly challenging in this respect, as it’s central to Buddhism, as I’ve encountered it, that there is no real self, and that clinging to a belief in such […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 24th, 2014

Friends and I have been puzzling a lot lately over the descriptions of Buddhist enlightenment as being, among other things, devoid of intention.  Because one’s mind is not attempting are intending to make any aspect of experience opening a particular rules are expectations, a truer, more enlightened consciousness results.  Yet, the paradox, the meditative techniques […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 17th, 2014

 I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the various spiritual systems and practices I’ve been involved with over the years, especially the forms of Buddhism I’ve been most involved with in the past decade or two:  how I relate, how I don’t relate, how I fit in, how I don’t fit in.  I started some […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 6th, 2014

What Is It Like To Be Present?  Charles T. Tart © 2014 Charles T. Tart While listening to a recording of some teachings by lama Tsoknyi  Rinpoche recently, he asked his students what it was like to be present, to be aware of now.  The recording was not sensitive enough to pick up his students’ […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on June 4th, 2014

  Last night my wife and I attended a Buddhist study group that we’ve gone to for some time.  Our hostess has a cat, but the cat, Kiri, is usually confined in the bedroom for a couple of hours because one regular attendee is allergic to cats.  As that person wasn’t there last night, Kiri […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 15th, 2014

  Some friends and I have been listening to some teachings by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche and thinking about what the idea of “reality” means.  Some reflections I’ve had on this – just a beginning, really – may be interesting to some…. I’m sure our basic, commonsense idea of reality comes from what we […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on February 14th, 2014

  Here’s a question I’m posing to some of my experimental parapsychologist colleagues.  It might stretch your imagination a little.  If a good answer turns up, I’ll post something on it. For the last couple of years, my wife and I have been going to classes in Tai Chi Chah, a form of the Chinese […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 30th, 2013

A friend, with considerable practical experience as well as intellectual knowledge of the emphasis on developing mindfulness in both G.  I.  Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way work and in Buddhism recently wrote me about attending a conference on neurophysiology and meditation, where one speaker reported on the positive effects of meditation on a person who was a […]

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