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 July 5th, 2014

Am I a Buddhist?  A ____ist?  And/Or?  Science and Spirituality Charles T. Tart As I mix the scientific and spiritual aspects of myself more in later life, I think it would be useful, and honoring today’s wise trend for full disclosure, to write a note on where I am coming from, as it’s complicated, and […]

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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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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 9th, 2013

Many years ago, while reading P.  D.  Ouspensky’s book, “in Search of the Miraculous,” about the teachings of G. I.  Gurdjieff, I “woke up.”  I’ve never had the words to describe it adequately, and I suspect it’s not possible to describe something like it adequately in words, but suddenly I was in a state of […]

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  They say that life moves faster as you get older, and I’m discovering that it’s true, suddenly realizing that the beginning of my three-week online workshop on Foundations of Mindfulness is beginning this Saturday! I had hoped to make a new introductory video about mindfulness, but life wasn’t very cooperative about providing the time.  […]


[Resisting my life-long temptation to explain, explain, words, explain, words, explain, inspired on a recent retreat…..]   In the atmosphere of gratitude and bodhicitta, May I be blessed into usefulness!   Now from my experience Not from my word mind…   Practice, practice, practice! In the varieties of meditation Shamatha, insight, devotion, presence Years and […]

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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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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 5th, 2012

When I first began this blog in mid-March, 2009, one of my goals was to post excerpts from one of the classes I teach at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) (now Sofia University), my introduction to mindfulness practices.  I wanted to share information about the value of mindfulness, about the way it actually worked […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 30th, 2012

Like many people, a lot of my emotions have tended to be sources of suffering for me, so like many others, especially the ones I now mainly see the scientific and academic world, I became quite intellectual as a child.  If most of my attention goes to my thinking, my clever words, there is less […]

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