Years ago I gave up attempting to learn to meditate.  I’d tried it many ways and decided that meditation must call for some special talent that I lacked.  Then my wife Judy and I met Shinzen Young at a conference — and decades later I’m still meditating regularly, even teaching a basic webinar on meditation […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 17th, 2013

My apologies to my readers for not having posted anything here for too long..  I have been heavily involved in writing an invited book chapter on hypnosis and meditation, and I have another very complicated chapter in another book that I’m obligated to do on the nature of experiments once we allow for experimenter effects […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 16th, 2012

While my wife and I were on our Fall camping vacation last week, I was “meditating” near a pathway in a botanical garden on cliffs over the Pacific while she was taking photos.  The rugged coast of northern California is so beautiful! Since I’m always going on about how useless that word “meditation” is, unless […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on January 20th, 2012

Background: Notes on an event in a 50+ year attempt to learn and benefit from spiritual practices…. For some years now, I have been trying various meditation techniques from many world traditions, particularly techniques which meditation teacher Shinzen Young has modified in various ways to make more sense to and be more doable by modern […]

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