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 22nd, 2014

The other day I was meditating (insofar as I can actually do it), aiming to observe the flow of experience, one thing flowing into another, with equanimity, concentration and clarity, as Shinzen Young defines one way to meditate.  As usually happens for me, I had slipped part way into the hypnagogic state, less aware of […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 22nd, 2012

Charles T Tart (draft of 11-22-12)(There are many refinements and expansions of this essay I want to make, but knowing how busy I’m going to be with other projects in the next few weeks, I think I’d better post it now lest the essence of it get forgotten for too long.) Some colleagues and I […]

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Last week I was at a private working conference at Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory and Research, a long-lived conference which is been going on for some 14 years now.  We started out focusing on the problem of postmortem survival: was there good evidence for it?  How could you think deeply about that, though, when […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on May 28th, 2012

Once a very esoteric concept, known only to a few, such as scholars of Eastern religion, probably most people have now heard of chakras, psychic energy centers spread throughout the body, although mostly along the spine, which, when activated, can affect the quality of a person’s consciousness.  Here’s a typical diagram I found with a […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on May 27th, 2012

I have never been interested in golf or played it, unless you want to count less than a dozen instances over 50 years where friends took me to play miniature golf.  So in 1971 when Psychic magazine asked me to do a review of Michael Murphy’s new book, Golf In The Kingdom, I was a […]

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[This is an initial draft of some interesting thoughts relative to the question of postmortem survival.  Raises more questions than it answers….] One of my central research interests as a parapsychologist has been the question of postmortem survival.  Does some essential aspect of a person survive physical death?  If I had to summarize a century […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on April 25th, 2012

Ever since I was a child, dreams have fascinated me.  Where did they come from?  Good ones were marvelous.  And flying!  I had to slowly learn to fly over many dreams as a kid.  First running and jumping, somehow slowing down the float back to earth.  Then creating a little airplane around me – I […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on February 6th, 2011

After a long meditation retreat last month, my curiousity about one aspect of my meditation exprience led me to write the following little query about images.  I’ve submitted it to the Journal of Consciousness Studies Online site, and if they accept it I may get some “expert” reflections on it, or I may get some […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 18th, 2010

I recently got an email from an old friend and colleague about a possibly psychic dream.  I’m not going to report on that here, it’s old hat for me to hear about dreams that provide psychic info on real-world events, but some of the other ideas his email stimulated in me may be of interest, […]

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