Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 23rd, 2011

At my San Diego Rigpa Fellowship retreat last week, lama Sogyal Rinpoche, in teaching about the nature of the unenlightened, ordinary mind (sem in Tibetan),  mentioned how perception can be distorted, especially by strong emotions like anger.  Naturally if you can’t perceive the world accurately, you’re going to do things that will have unintended and […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 10th, 2011

Listening to some Buddhist teachings for dealing with emotions last night, and to fellow students’ understandings these teachings, I put together a number of things that struck me is saying something about levels of dealing with emotions. The first level, what we might call the level of not particularly dealing with an emotion, is the […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on October 26th, 2011

A colleague of mine, Jim Tucker, M.D., psychiatrist at the University of Virginia, wrote this excellent review of reincarnation.  Tucker is one of the far too few scientists in the world actually looking at evidence for reincarnation, mainly studying young children who spontaneously recall another life.  With his permission, I am circulating it. Charles T. […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on October 22nd, 2011

For many years I’ve been taking Buddhist teachings from Tibetan Lama Sogyal Rinpoche.  I don’t call myself a “Buddhist,” or an any kind of “ist,” as I think about and try to practice various teachings from many paths and perspectives.  I do find Buddhism appealing as it’s so psychological in its emphases, and Sogyal Rinpoche […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 29th, 2011

I have been involved in a discussion on a professional list of “spiritual leaders” about the evidence for reincarnation and, more generally whether science has any value in casting light on spirituality and religion. One of the list members, an ordained Christian minister, wrote that he had a difficult time understanding my mentality.  Where was […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on May 10th, 2011

Many times in my life I’ve been presented with some useful truth – and I don’t get it.  But if it’s presented to me several times, and/or in several different forms, I may finally understand.  Here I’m thinking about the idea, common to all spiritual traditions I know of, that there is something badly wrong […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on May 1st, 2011

My wife Judy and I have just completed a 6-day retreat on Dzogchen approaches to liberation with lama Tsoknyi Rinpoche, held at Mt. Madonna Conference Center.  Now it’s a couple of days of camping in a redwood park to cool down, before jumping fully back into ordinary life, but I’ve been reflecting a lot and […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on January 24th, 2011

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 4, Part 11 of 19 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: The mindfulness traditions claim they’ll take you all the way to enlightenment. And we certainly have historical examples of people who are considered Buddhas or saints or something like that, who […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 16th, 2010

My recent interview on the Buddhist Geeks web radio show (www.buddhistgeeks.com), noting scientific evidence for a Buddhist idea like reincarnation, has resulted in some spirited comments on their website. I think my response to these, dealing with the nature of science and whether there is really scientific evidence for something like reincarnation or whether science […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on January 24th, 2010

I’m engaged in some discussion with other parapsychologists about a spiritual outlook vs a materialistic one, and related topics.  Here is an example of what I’m thinking about – without having come to a nice conclusion.  If you find it stimulating, maybe you can tell me where I should end up! Identity, Self, Karma, Buddhism, […]

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